Student Support and Community
You aren't on your own while studying nursing at Lipscomb. In addition to faculty dedicated to your success, the School of Nursing supports student organizations and the university provides services designed to help you succeed in your transition into a professional caregiver.
The Lipscomb Student Nursing Association offers valuable opportunities for professional development and community service for student nurses.
The university’s Career Development Center is available to help any Lipscomb student with the job search, resume-writing and networking skills students need as they move into the working world.
Facilities designed with you in mind.
The 24,000-square-foot Nursing and Health Sciences Center includes a 14-bed assessment skills lab, the Health Simulation Laboratory which recreates a hospital unit including 23 patient simulators, and two classrooms large enough for more than 100 students. The building includes ample collaborative learning and study spaces, common areas for student gatherings.
Health Simulation Laboratory
The Health Simulation Laboratory offers all health science students the latest in simulation technology to develop clinical and decision-making skills in a safe and controlled environment. In this lab, faculty develop realistic clinical scenarios for students and 23 advanced computerized simulators serve as “patients.”
These interactive simulators can respond to interventions and thus change the course of care. The patient simulators can bleed, vomit, cough, suffer cardiac arrest, display abnormal heart and breath sounds, give birth and respond to specific treatments.
From cardiopulmonary issues to birthing simulations, this lab will allow you to experience health conditions spanning an entire lifetime, from the preemie baby to end-of-life, in an authentic hospital-like setting, including unique situations rarely seen during clinical rotations.
The Health Simulation Lab is so well-equipped that in the event of a disaster on campus or in the community it can be converted into a 30-bed triage and stabilization site for patients prior to being transported to higher levels of care.
Clinical opportunities in the health care capital
Nursing education is a hands-on process. In addition to requiring 585 hours of clinical experience in a variety of health care settings across the region, the School of Nursing creates highly effective learning experiences focused on development of role specific competencies such as relationship building and communication.
You will engage in a wide variety of clinical rotations including: obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, critical care and medical/surgical. You’ll be placed in local facilities like Vanderbilt Medical Center, TriStar Centennial Medical Center. and St.Thomas Ascension Medical Group to learn from seasoned professionals with years of expertise to share.
In addition, through medical missions trips, community health fairs and service projects, you will have as many as 20 easily accessible opportunities to experience on-the-ground health care in the community each year.
You will complete a 135-hour preceptorship during your senior year. The preceptorship affords you the opportunity to engage in 1-to-1 mentorship with a registered nurse in some of the top regional acute care facilities.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in externship opportunities such as the Vanderbilt Experience: Student Nurse Internship Program(VESNIP), a summer internship that allows participants to earn 280 clinical hours at Vanderbilt Medical Center while rotating through various units such as psychology, obstetrics, pediatrics, the emergency room and the operating room. More hands-on experience early on allows you to more quickly and surely decide on the nursing specialty that is right for you.
The Career Development Center offers advice and guidance in various job search skills and needs, as well as providing resources for nursing-specific job searches such as the links below. he Center provides career information and services to students and recent graduates. These services include career planning, job seeking, resume writing, interview scheduling, internships, job fairs, and job placement. Employers come to campus for recruiting, career fairs and hiring activities.
New Job Resources
After College provides free online job boards to nursing schools and colleges. Students can find information about the jobs (description, benefits, etc.) and they can even apply to the job straight from the website. It is a great resource that allows students to compare their options and find the position that is best for them. It is also a great way to attract and maintain strong alumni ties.
Standing Job Searches or Services
- Tennessee Nurses Association
- American Nurses Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Each year the LSNA has the opportunity to participate in at least two service projects. In the past years the LSNA has chosen to collect canned goods of food and non-perishable items for the Second Harvest Food Bank, teamed up with the Lipscomb University Athletic department to raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes in addition to participating in a fundraiser for a young boy with medullablastoma.
A laptop computer has the advantage of being mobile and should be equipped with a wireless connection to be able to connect to the network almost anywhere on campus. Before purchasing a computer, the School of Nursing recommends that student nurses have a laptop that meet the following criteria for the nursing curriculum.
- Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or Microsoft Windows XP
- Windows XP with service pack 2 or higher
- Apple Macintosh with 1gHz PowerPC G4, or Windows compatible hardware with 1gHz processor or fast & Ethernet port, Internet access, and online registration required.
- 1024x768 screen resolution or larger
- 512MB of RAM or greater
- Apple’s Safari 3.0 or greater
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 or greater
- Mozilla’s Firefox 2.0 or greater
- 1024x768 resolution monitor/display or greater
- Internet Connection for registration and viewing of eTextbook
- Equipped with Web Camera
- Additional battery
- 3-year warranty
E-books are available for mobile Apple products such as:
- iPod Touch