Student Huddle

Championing Tomorrow’s Nursing Workforce by Supporting Today’s Nursing Students

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Insights:

Some of the most talked-about themes from our Student Huddles in 2021 were:

  • Transition-to-Practice. Most students mentioned that the number of nurse openings within healthcare may provide more accessible prospects to get hired but that networking continues to play a critical role in being allowed to be interviewed. There was a shared concern for what environment new graduates may be getting hired into. Students feel it might be stressful walking into a large portion of new employees, onboarding could be rocky with the number of openings, and the need for immediate help may have newly graduated students doing CNA level work.
  • Clinical Placement. Students have experienced disruptions related to clinical experiences across the state, including last-minute changes to locations, delays, and cancellations. Experiences and severity of disruptions seemed to vary by location. Schools have supplemented off-campus clinical experiences with on-campus clinicals (simulation and skills labs) and on-screen simulations (virtual simulations). Students worry that the decrease in off-campus clinicals will impact their ability to find employment.
  • Working While Attending School. Some students reported working more often in the pandemic as per diem employees. Students felt that it would be helpful to get credit for the time spent working in their clinical experiences because it would help lessen the cost burden to attend nursing school. The discussion developed to include the feeling that having healthcare industry experience prior to or in tangent with studies offered a leg-up in their learning journey, but certainly isn’t a requirement for successful learning. Prior experience or not, students agreed that specific clinical hour requirements replaced with competency-based learning to meet the individual at their learning speed and experience level is a welcomed model.

Past Huddle Summaries

  • May 2022 Student Huddle Summary
    A gathering of Oregon nursing students to share timely updates and share insights from peers and stakeholders. Topics of Discussion: Student Placements. For the first time since the pandemic began, a few students reported their cohorts are being placed within their top three preferred units. Throughout much of the pandemic, this was … Read more
  • April 2022 Student Huddle Summary
    A gathering of Oregon nursing students to share timely updates and share insights from peers and stakeholders. Topics of Discussion: Recruiting Events. Student Huddlers were asked how and when they are getting exposed to career opportunities. Some students reported that their campus recruiting events are still being held in a virtual space. … Read more
  • March 2022 Student Huddle Summary
    A gathering of Oregon nursing students to share timely updates and share insights from peers and stakeholders. Topics of Discussion: RN Residency Programs. Students graduating in May are beginning to think more and more about RN residency programs. We had a guest recruiter from St. Charles Health System graciously provide information about … Read more
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