Community partnerships enrich Ivy Tech nursing program

The Nurses Curriculum Committee for the State of Indiana recently approved a revised curriculum for the Ivy Tech Community College Complex Family course—part of the statewide Ivy Tech associate of science in nursing program—that depends upon and benefits from previously established partnerships between Ivy Tech’s nursing program and numerous organizations in the six-county service area of Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus/Franklin.

The course comprises a lecture and a “clinical.” During the clinical portion of the course, students are learning from seeing and assisting nursing practice in action in the clinical setting. At Columbus Regional Hospital, Schneck Medical Center, Hospice of South Central Indiana, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, St. Vincent Home Health in Jennings County, the Don and Dana Myers Patient Cancer Center in Seymour, and Especially Kids in Shelbyville, students take part in clinicals, during which they watch and learn patient care from medical personnel.

At Mill Race Center, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Just Friends Adult Day Services, Volunteers in Medicine, the Bartholomew County Health Department, the Jennings County Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program Office, and at Ivy Tech-Columbus/Franklin, student nurses provide screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol levels.

Through clinicals at Horizon House, which provides transitional shelter for homeless families, and the Greenwood Drug Court, students learn about the psychological hurdles individuals and families sometimes face. Through observation at meetings of the Indiana State Board of Nursing, students learn about the organization and oversight of this body as it relates to nursing care in the State of Indiana.

“Opportunities for the students to learn from watching and actually having hands-on experiences during the clinical portion of the nursing curriculum are absolutely essential for learning patient care,” commented Eloise Lewis, Dean of the School of Nursing. “We are grateful to the many organizations in our service area that allow our students to observe and learn in their facilities.”

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution; it has 23 campuses within 14 regions throughout the State of Indiana and serves nearly 200,000 students annually. The Ivy Tech-Columbus Region includes the six counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, and the southern portion of Johnson. More than 6,700 students are enrolled in its 23 academic programs within the Schools of Business, Education, Fine Arts & Design, Technology, Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, Public & Social Services, and Nursing. Ivy Tech’s Corporate College, which works in partnership with business and industry, serves over 1,500 students annually.

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