Nursing Boot Camp
Aug. 7, 2009
Nursing Boot Camp Offers Summer Refresher for Those Entering Final Clinical Phase
Around 75 Nursing students gathered on campus Aug. 3 - 7 to attend “Nursing Boot Camp,” a new departmental initiative designed to help students prepare for the rigor of Nursing III.
The program was developed by faculty member Martha Desmond, with help from Department Chair Carol Bosco and fellow faculty members Gloria Boudreau, Donna Champion, Kelly Crupi, Barb Dagastine and Michael Dulay.
With the Nursing program seeing approximately 60 percent student attrition over two years, the impetus behind Nursing Boot Camp was to revisit skills and concepts learned in the Nursing II and prepare for the hands-on performance tests that are part of Nursing III’s clinical component.
The majority of the students in the boot camp program joined voluntarily, said Bosco, and the only ones required to be there were the dozen who did not initially pass Nursing III. They were required to be at boot camp if they wished to continue in the program. “We lose a lot of students in Nursing II and III, so this is a way for the students to be better prepared for success. It’s also a good way to build community and a team mentality within the class,” Bosco said.
The week-long, 25-hour program was free for all students and even included a “Nursing Boot Camp” t-shirt for participants.
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