Clinical Partnerships

IU School of Nursing - Partnerships

IU School of Nursing's collaboration generates new knowledge that transforms healthcare.

IU School of Nursing's partnerships, with over 100 healthcare providers in central Indiana, connect you to knowledgeable and experienced nurses and a variety of patient populations for hands-on learning. We call them clinical experiences, and they begin your first semester of nursing school.

These healthcare providers also serve as partners in nursing research and scholarly studies. As a faculty member, you have access to a wealth of opportunities for data collection, collaboration, and investigation.

There are five facilities on the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus:

A sixth facility, IU Methodist Hospital, is accessible by a five-minute People Mover ride from Riley Hospital. If your browser has Flash enabled, you can check the status of the two cars of the People Mover.

Additional clinical sites include:

  • Community Health Network: Community Hospital North, Community Hospital South, Community Hospital East, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Indiana Surgery Centers, and the Community Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Indiana University Health facilities throughout Indiana including: Ball Memorial Hospital, Bloomington Hospital, North Hospital in Carmel, and West Hospital in Avon
  • Franciscan St. Francis Health hospitals in Indianapolis and Mooresville
  • Schneck Medical Center in Seymour
  • St. Vincent Hospitals at 86th Street, Carmel, and Fishers
  • Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
  • Columbus Regional Hospital
  • Major Hospital in Shelbyville

Unique Clinical Experiences

Practice Education Partnerships (PEP) is a clinical education model similar to a Dedicated Education Unit. PEPs are unique clinical experiences that enable you to become more deeply involved in patient care by caring for multiple patients under the supervision of a staff nurse preceptor. In traditional clinical experiences, you work with a clinical faculty member who is consistently present and directly supervises you caring for one or two patients for 6- to 8-hour shifts. In the PEP model, you remain with the same a nurse preceptor, working the same shift and seeing the same patients that the healthcare team sees. PEP offers you opportunities to work with a preceptor who is multitasking, prioritizing, and delegating—a glimpse into what it is like to practice nursing on a daily basis as part of a team. This helps sharpen your clinical skills, judgment, confidence, competence, safe practice, and knowledge. Your course faculty is present for a portion of each PEP shift and will be available by phone at all times that you are present on the unit.

One of the final courses you will take prior to graduation is Capstone, which is a concentrated clinical experience under the guidance of a trained preceptor with faculty oversight. You progressively learn to be more independent, refine your nursing care practice skills, and prepare to practice as a licensed, professional nurse.