In-Hospital Clinical Rotations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

Clinical rotations play a critical role in your nursing education, giving you direct access to patients and providing valuable hands-on experiences. As an accelerated nursing student, your clinical rotations will begin during the first semester—and, as you progress in the Direct Entry MSN program so will your level of practice. Overall, you can expect to complete approximately 700 clinical practicum hours at various healthcare facilities throughout southern Wisconsin, near Kenosha, and northern Illinois, near Chicago.

“Our nursing school clinicals are diverse in that students will get a breadth of different experiences at different facilities in different types of units—from orthopedics to medical surgery to oncology to ICU, along with observational experiences in operating rooms and outpatient clinics,” says Dr. Brenda Kutzke, DNP, RN, Director of Nursing Academic Services for Marquette University, College of Nursing.

Real-world Experience

Building off of your nursing simulation lab experiences, clinical rotations provide a deeper understanding of the nursing profession by putting you in direct contact with patients. Under preceptor, or clinical instructor supervision, you will help care for patients in areas such as adult health, obstetrics, and acute care.

MSN students with Marquette University Direct Entry Program work directly with hospital professional during clinical rotationsWith years of experience to pull from, your preceptor has a lot of valuable insight to share. He/she will show you the ropes and teach you how to put your nursing theory and clinical skills to work. Furthermore, because building a rapport with patients often leads to better outcomes, your preceptor can coach you on how to:

  • Exhibit genuine caring behavior
  • Engage in effective communication
  • Perform safe therapeutic interventions
  • Employ highly ethical perspectives

See the Future

While the length and location for each of your clinical rotations will vary, you can anticipate working with patients in a variety of areas, from acute care to pediatrics. These diverse experiences not only help prepare you for the future, they make it easier to determine what area of nursing best fits your long-term career goals.

Additionally, clinical rotations let you see firsthand what is expected of nurses beyond the bedside, from working within specific hospital protocols to being a member of a complex medical team. Therefore, it’s important to play the part during your rotations and use every experience to your advantage—you never know who could be a potential colleague in the future.

You can also use your clinical experiences to determine if a post-master’s degree certificate in an advanced nursing specialty is right for you. We offer nursing certificates for the following occupations:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nurse Midwife

Where Clinical Rotations Can Occur

Marquette University has teamed up with several healthcare facilities in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, near Chicago. Throughout the curriculum, Direct Entry MSN students rotate between pre-assigned locations for experience in a variety of settings. Clinical rotations could occur in any of the following cities:

  • Barrington, IL
  • Hinsdale, IL
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • Libertyville, IL
  • Lindenhurst, IL
  • Woodstock, IL
  • Zion, IL
  • Kenosha, WI
  • Racine, WI

Note: Locations are subject to change without notice.

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