Fieldwork (T NURS 503 and 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 Clinical Coordinator in the selection of a fieldwork placement in an organization or agency according to individual interests and curriculum option.
Fieldwork is only offered in winter and spring quarters 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.
Students need to submit a pre-placement survey to the Clinical Coordinator by June 1 for 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. Students are not allowed to make their own fieldwork arrangements.
Clinical clearance documents need to be uploaded and approved in CastleBranch by October 5. Students who have not completed the clinical clearance process by the deadline will not be able to register for fieldwork.
Students will receive their fieldwork assignments in the autumn quarter prior to starting fieldwork . Students need to reach out to their fieldwork preceptor before autumn quarter ends, introduce themselves, and make an appointment to meet with their preceptor in the first week of winter quarter.
Participation in fieldwork is contingent on complying with all clinical clearance requirements. Students use the CastleBranch website in order to review and submit records for clearance purposes. Students are given instructions for establishing CastleBranch accounts upon admission. Clearance requirements include:
Immunization Requirements determined by Clinical Placements Northwest (CPNW). The requirements include records of specific immunizations and annual tests detailed in the CPNW Clinical Passport. If records are not available, titers or re-immunizations must be administered. Contact Nathan Ketzner at the UW Tacoma Healthcare Leadership Program office if you have additional questions.
Basic Life Support (BLS) - present an American Heart Association BLS card with expiration date visible to the Nursing program office; this certification must be current at the time of fieldwork.
Current Washington State healthcare providers must provide proof of unrestricted license status (does not apply to non-licensed applicants). License must be unencumbered and current while enrolled in the Master of Nursing program.
Bloodborne Pathogens Policy Acknowledgement - UW bloodborne pathogens policy acknowledgement must be signed and submitted.
Annual Background Check Authorization - 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 and a criminal background check, which the UW Tacoma Healthcare Leadership program will treat confidentially and process through the Washington State Patrol.
Training with UW Compliance Learning Portal (or Learning Management System) - students must complete assigned training in either CPL or LMS (UW Employees only) systems. Training includes information on UW HIPAA and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Policies.
Consent to Release Records - UW form must signed and submitted.
CastleBranch Criminal Background Check - National and State background check conducted by CastleBranch. Acceptable results are required; background checks expire after two years. Continuing students will be asked to renew their background checks biennially until they graduate.
Annual Washington State Patrol Background Check (WATCH Report) - Included with initial CastleBranch order and required annually. Subsequent reports will be ordered by School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership and cost will be assessed to student accounts in quarter of fieldwork.
Drug Screening - for some fieldwork placements, students will be required to have a negative drug screen test as part of clinical clearances.
In addition to the items listed above, students are STRONGLY ADVISED to have personal health insurance or join a healthcare plan to cover the expenses of their healthcare and treatments in case of a catastrophic illness or injury and/or the development of a serious chronic condition.
Fieldwork placements are arranged throughout the region. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from fieldwork sites. Hours for fieldwork are to be arranged, Monday - Friday during daytime hours.
Students are expected to adhere to the dress requirement of the agency where they are assigned for fieldwork experiences.
Students must have a current Washington State driver's license or a Washington State ID while at a fieldwork location.
A UW Tacoma student name badge must be worn at all times when participating in course-related activities, but it should be worn only when you are functioning under the auspices of UW Tacoma. You will required to purchase the name badge for a nominal fee that will be charged to your student account.
Shamay Thomas, MSN, FNP-C, ARNP, is the Clinical Placement Coordinator for the UW Tacoma School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. She works to connect MN and BA in Healthcare Leadership students students with clinical placements opportunities for their fieldwork courses. Contact Shamay if you have questions about:
Nathan Ketzneris a Program Coordinator for the UW Tacoma School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. One of Nathan's primary duties is to ensure students are in compliance with all clinical requirements for fieldwork and practicum. He communicates most of this information by email to students expected to enter into a fieldwork or practicum course during the coming year. Contact Nathan if you have questions about:
- Records that meet clinical requirements
- Locating training necessary for clinical clearances
- Using the CastleBranch website as part of the clearance process