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  1. Kirkham, Sheryl Reimer PhD, RN
  2. Harwood, Catherine Hoe MScN, RN
  3. Hofwegen, Lynn Van MS, RN, APRN-BC


An urgent need to secure additional community health placements provided initial motivation to use alternate clinical settings. Subsequent student requests for placement in these settings, rather than the traditional community settings, drew attention to the sites' unique and far-reaching benefits. Presenting the findings of a qualitative study, the authors discuss the perspectives of students, instructors, and RNs regarding their experiences in these alternative clinical settings and provide recommendations for the use of alternative settings in nursing education.