School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Family Nurse Practitioner Student Clinical Experience

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For the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track, students will choose a clinical site within the state of Georgia that has a current Memorandum of Understanding with Georgia Southern University, which fulfills the qualifications of the course they will be enrolled in for that semester. Upon acceptance into the track, the students will receive additional information about paperwork necessary for selecting and working with a preceptor, including Memorandum of Understanding (MOU Request), Preceptor CV, and Preceptor Agreement with the clinical agency. All preceptors must be board certified, licensed, and in practice for a minimum of two years as either a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife in a primary care setting. To check if an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is already in place between the clinical agency employing a potential preceptor and Georgia Southern University, go to the following website:  Make certain the MOU is active (not inactive).

Clinical Courses

Clinical courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track require you to have a preceptor that will provide you the following learning opportunities for each of the required core courses:

NURS 5210 Health Assessment Clinical (90 hours) Fall Semester.  You will be learning how to perform total physical assessments (complete histories and physical examinations), newborn examination, well-child visits, sports physicals, and completing male and female genital/rectal examinations, to include collecting Pap Smears, and DNA swabs for STIs. Plus, use of the microscope for skin scrapings and wet preps to assess for vaginal infections and other conditions. Suggested settings might be occupational health, employee health, public health departments, and family practice settings.

NURS 7224 Primary Care 1: Women’s Health (180 hours) Spring Semester. You will be learning to care for women who are pregnant or who have gynecological concerns and learning microscopic skills. You can use a public health department that employs nurse practitioners to provide women’s health and contraceptive services, but you will also need an OB/GYN practice setting to assess pregnant women, provide prenatal care and care of women across the lifespan with diverse gynecologic conditions. If you can find a preceptor in an OB/GYN practice, then one site is sufficient.

NURS 7225 Primary Care 2: Pediatrics: (180 hours) Summer Session, Long-Term.  You will be learning to care for infants, children and adolescents thus a pediatrician’s office is needed.

NURS 7235 Primary Care 3: Adult/Gero (180 hours). Fall Semester. You will be learning to care for adults thus a general Internal Medicine or Family Medicine setting is required.

Here you can find our Preceptor Manual which familiarizes students and preceptors with clinical expectations.

Last updated: 8/6/2018

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