Clinical Experiences

Learning in the clinical setting is an integral part of achieving course objectives in the nursing major.  Clinical experiences provide the student with a vivid and firsthand opportunity to observe and work with a professional role model in the application of nursing theory and processes in the practice of nursing.

Clinical Agency Partners

The St. Olaf College Nursing Program partners with a variety of clinical agencies to provide our students the best clinical experiences in public and private settings.  Some of our current partnerships are listed below.

Allina – Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis, MN)
Children’s Hospital of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Fairview Ridges Hospital (Minneapolis, MN)
Fairview Southdale Hospital (Minneapolis, MN)
HealthPartners Park Nicollet Methodist (Minneapolis, MN)
Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)
Minnesota Department of Corrections – Faribault Prison (Faribault, MN)
Northfield Hospital (Northfield, MN)
Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center (Northfield, MN)
Northfield Public Schools (Northfield, MN)
Rice County Public Health (Faribault, MN)
Steele County Public Health (Owatonna, MN)
Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (Minneapolis, MN)

Clinical Preceptors

The St. Olaf Nursing Program collaborates with clinical preceptors.  The preceptor is viewed as a nurse with expertise gained from experience and study over time and serves as a clinical mentor to the student.

The preceptor is an employee of the clinical agency and their service is voluntary.  Selection is based on the recommendation of the agency and the relationship between the preceptor and the nursing program is collaborative in support of student learning.

Clinical Transportation

Nursing students will need to provide their own transportation to clinical experiences.  It is also the student’s responsibility to provide insurance and maintenance of the vehicle and bear the liability for any passengers.