Fieldwork (T NURS 503 & 505), a vital component of the MN program, is an opportunity to apply concepts examined throughout the program in the real-world context of communities, healthcare systems, staff development, or educational settings. The focus is on preparing students for roles that require graduate education in communities, population-based care, and leadership in healthcare systems, or education.
Students are required to take two quarters of fieldwork once prerequisites have been met. Fieldwork involves seminars and nine hours per week of field experience. Fieldwork cannot take place during Spring break or other campus holidays.
Students work collaboratively with the Clincal Coordinator in the selection of a fieldwork placement in an organization or agency according to individual interests and curriculum option.
Questions? Contact: Valerie Franks, Lecturer & Clinical Placement Coordinator
Procedures for Fieldwork Placement
Fieldwork is only offered in Winter and Spring quarter, so it is important for students to plan accordingly. To prepare for fieldwork, students should attend the fieldwork orientation session offered in Spring Quarter of the academic year prior to their planned fieldwork.
To enroll in fieldwork, students must meet the following mandatory deadlines. If these deadlines are not met, students will need to wait until the next academic year to enroll in the fieldwork course.
- Clinical clearance forms need to be completed and submitted to the UWT Program Staff by October 5 (for those beginning fieldwork in the Winter quarter) and January 10 or those beginning fieldwork in the Spring quarter). Forms only need to be completed once. Clearance forms will be given to students at the spring orientation session, and are also available on the UWT Nursing & Healthcare Leadership web page. Students who have not completed the clinical clearance process by the deadlines will not be able to register for fieldwork for that quarter.
- Students need to submit a pre-placement survey to the Clinical Coordinator by June 1st for winter quarter fieldwork placement & Oct. 5th for spring quarter fieldwork placement. If the survey is not completed on time, students will be assigned a fieldwork site at the discretion of the UWT faculty. Once an assignment has been made, there is no opportunity for appealing or changing this placement until the next quarter that the course is offered. Students are not allowed to make their own fieldwork arrangements.
- As soon as possible after receiving fieldwork assignment, students need to meet with their fieldwork facilitator to establish learning objectives and goals. The student is then responsible for submitting written objectives to their committee chair (or the curriculum option advisor if they do not have a chair) and their fieldwork facilitator for their approval. Objectives need to be finalized and approved by Dec. 10th (for Winter Quarter fieldwork) and March 10th (for Spring quarter fieldwork). Students should use the fieldwork objectives form (available on the UWT Nursing & Healthcare Leadership web page). Students should plan for one to two revisions of objectives, and need to start the approval process well before the December 10th deadline. Students who do not have a completed TNURS 503/TNURS 505 objective form by the deadlines will not be able to enroll in the fieldwork course for that quarter.
- Fieldwork placements are arranged throughout the region. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from fieldwork sites. Travel to and from the site is not considered part of fieldwork hours.
- Attire for Fieldwork
- Students are expected to adhere to the dress requirements of the agency where they are assigned for fieldwork experiences.
- Name Badge
- A UW Tacoma student name badge must be worn at all times when participating in course-related activities when a student is functioning under the auspices of UW Tacoma. You will be required to purchase the name badge for a nominal fee that will be charged to your student account. Information regarding the name badge purchase will be distributed to all students when providing verifications.
- Verifications and completed forms (see below) must be on file and approved in the UW Tacoma Nursing Program Office before students or faculty engage in fieldwork.
- CPNW (Clinical Placements North West) Modules - Students are requried to complete modules on the CPNW website. Instructions will be given at the same time as the Passport paperwork. UW requires proof of select immunizations, either copies of medical records or, if not available, titers or re-immunizations, in addition to the information reported on this form. More information about these requirements will be distributed to all students prior to registration for fieldwork. Contact UW Tacoma Nursing with any questions.
- Immunization Health History form - complete and return.
- Needle Stick Policy and Training in Blood Borne Pathogens Acknowledgment Statement form - complete and return.
- Current Photo Identification - present a current Washington State driver's license or a Washington State ID card to the program office.
- BLS - present an American Heart Association card with expiration date visible to the program office; this certification must be current at the time of fieldwork.
- HIPAA - all students must complete UW HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training. The training is conducted individually via a secure website. Information regarding website registration will be distributed with clearance forms..
- Current RN License - licensure will be verified through the Washington State Department of Health by the Nursing Program staff; RN license must be unencumbered and current while enrolled in the Nursing Program.
- CastleBranch Criminal Background Check - students are required to submit a national criminal background check as a condition for admission to the MN program. Acceptable results are required. Background checks expire after two years, therefore continuing students will be asked to renew their background checks biennially until they graduate.
- Background Check, Authorization for Repeat Checks, and Dissemination of Results form - students are required to complete forms required for implementation of the Washington State Child Abuse and Adult Abuse Information Law (CAAL) and related Department of Health regulations. This includes completion of a criminal background check, which the program will treat confidentially and process through the Washington State Patrol. Washington State Patrol background checks are required annually at the cost of $12 and will be charged to your student account.
- Drug Screening (potentially) - for certain agencies, students will be required to have a negative drug screen test as part of clinical clearances. You will be informed if that is required as part of the onboarding process.
- Student ID "Husky Card" - all students are required to carry their UW student photo ID. ID cards are available to students from the Office of the Registrar.
*unfortunately, costs associated with background checks, clinical clearances and course fees cannot be reimbursed.
In addition to the items listed above, Nursing students are STRONGLY ADVISED to have personal health insurance or join a health care plan to cover the expenses of their health care and treatments in case of a catastrophic illness or injury and/or the development of a serious chronic condition within or outside the occupational setting.