Students studying nursing at Carthage have many opportunities to enrich their education.
Research & Quality Improvement Opportunities
All undergraduate nursing students are required to complete a capstone project. This project is a research or quality improvement project that aligns with evidence-based nursing guidelines and needs within clinical practice or a community.
After their first clinical, students can apply to various health care organizations to work as student nurse interns. These internships are paid positions that also afford students invaluable, additional clinical experience. Many students continue their internships throughout their time at Carthage.
J-Term Study Tours
Nursing students may choose from a variety of study tours during J-Term. One of the most popular for nursing students is the “Global Perspectives in Healthcare: Service Learning in Honduras” study tour. This course allows students to focus on the community as a whole and identify needs endemic to the people within it. Students provide health promotion activities and treatment of health problems, as well as service opportunities, including service to children, hair washing for children, assistance with medical/dental procedures, distribution of supplies, construction, and spiritual care. Students will learn about cultural differences related to health care, family, economics, technology, religion, and other aspects.
Carthage nursing students can get involved in several student organizations dedicated to putting what’s learned in the classroom into practice, including the Nursing Student Council, Pre-Health Club, Carthage Association of Nursing Students (CANS), and more.
The Carthage Association for Nursing Students (CANS) engages students in various community service opportunities, such as producing Blessing Bags at Christmas for Kenosha’s homeless community, collecting clothing donations for those in need, and fundraising for school supplies.
The final clinical experience in the senior year provides an intensive one-on-one preceptorship with a registered nurse. This experience helps prepare them for the transition to entry-level professional nursing.
The last semester of their senior year also provides a comprehensive review that prepares students to take NCLEX, including an intensive, on-campus NCLEX preparation course.