All Nursing@Simmons students travel to the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences campus in Boston, Mass., to participate in a three-day-long clinical immersion experience. During the visit, students learn and grow as future Family Nurse Practitioners, and have the opportunity to network and form lasting bonds with fellow students and faculty.
Advanced Physical Assessment
On the second day of the immersion, students are paired with a peer and are required to complete a head-to-toe physical examination, with their peer acting as the patient. During this examination, students go through a systems-focused, physical assessment of various points of the body, correctly assessing and evaluating the “patient’s” symptoms, and identifying normal symptoms versus abnormal symptoms.
Students attend an in-depth suturing workshop, which includes hands-on wound assessments, suture closure techniques, and post-closure wound management.
Aside from the physical assessment and suturing workshop, the campus visit enables students to connect with their peers, advisors, and faculty for advice and support. Students also enjoy informational and social events. They have the opportunity to unwind during a group dinner and Simmons “spirit events” throughout the immersion experience.
On the final day of the campus visit, our clinical placement team also meets with students to help prepare them for their upcoming clinical rotations.