USF Nursing students begin training at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

A new team of 12 undergraduate second degree nursing students have begun their clinical training this summer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH). A unique feature of the USF College of Nursing Clinical Collaborative model is that students learn essential nursing skills in a one-on-one mentorship under the guidance of an experienced SMH nurse preceptor and clinical faculty. The SMH nurse preceptors serve as role models for professional nursing practice and reinforce classroom learning through clinical experience. A second cohort of nursing students will begin their training at SMH this fall. The addition of Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a new Clinical Collaborative partner supports the USF Sarasota-Manatee “Blueprint for Health Professions Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” a project funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assess how USF Sarasota-Manatee can best serve the local community’s health professions education needs and lay the groundwork for future academic programming.