Carthage nursing students have many opportunities to enrich their education and gain valuable real-world experience before graduation. Special programs and opportunities include:
The Smeds Undergraduate Fellowship in Population Health
The Smeds Undergraduate Fellowship in Population Health is awarded to two junior nursing students who propose a project that will improve the health of the Kenosha area. The award provides funds for a global heritage trip abroad to study health in another culture, and to offset the cost of the student’s project, which is used to fulfill their senior thesis requirement.
After their first clinical, students are able to apply to a variety of health care organizations to work as a student nurse intern. 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 study tours is a trip to Nicaragua, where students are able to work in a rural health care clinic.
Carthage nursing students can get involved in a number of student organizations dedicated to putting what’s learned in the classroom into practice, including the Nursing Student Council, Pre-Health Club, CANS, and more.
The Carthage Association for Nursing Students (CANS) engages students in a variety of community service opportunities, such as producing Blessing Bags at Christmas for Kenosha’s homeless community.
The final clinical experience in the senior year provides an intensive one-on-one preceptorship with a registered nurse in the student’s area of clinical interest. This experience helps prepare them for the transition to an entry-level professional nurse.
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.