Nursing and Health Studies Program

Advanced Fieldwork Placements


The purpose of the Advanced Fieldwork course is to apply theoretical ideas examined throughout your course of study and to enhance skills and competencies in advanced nursing leadership roles serving particular populations of interest.  The course is for 4-6 credits sequenced over 3 quarters during the last year of study for 7 quarter students and either in the second or third year for the 11 quarter students. A minimum of 120-180 hours is required for successful completion of Advanced Fieldwork requirements.  The total hours/credits required for BNURS 503 are determined by the approved Scholarly Project and Curriculum Plan.

Students will work with their faculty advisors to identify goals, objectives, field placements, and assignments related to fieldwork. It is expected that students initiate contact with faculty advisors to plan fieldwork.

Fall quarter - The fall quarter students register and take the 1 credit BNURS 503 class which will focus on identification of appropriate fieldwork sites and delineation of proposed fieldwork goals, objectives and initial learning activities.  By the end of fall quarter students will have completed a total 30 hours towards the necessary 120 - 180 hour requirement.

Winter/Spring quarter of  final year - Students will register for either 2 or 3 credits of BNURS 503, during winter and spring quarter; finishing the program with a total of 4-6 credits. During these quarters students will meet with their faculty advisor regularly to discuss assignments and placement opportunities. (2 credits = 60 hours, 3 credits = 90; 120 hours = 4credits as a minimum, 180 hours = 6 credits)

BNURS 503 Registration Guidelines

Before being allowed to register for BNURS 503, you must provide the following:          

  1. Proof of immunizations; photocopy for files (see Student Health Policy)
  2. RN license (show the original to the MN Advisor; provide photocopy for files)
  3. Photocopy of CPR card (BLS for Health Professionals or ACLS)
  4. Satisfactory Verified Credentials background checks (instructions will be provided)
  5. Complete UW HIPAA training.  It is important to follow the instructions closely so you are able to log on successfull and complete the correct HIPAA training.  If you have taken UW HIPAA training previously, please contact the MN advisor.
  6. Completion of the following courses:  BNURS 501, 504, 525, 526.

Additional Requirements: Your tuition bill will reflect a one-time $35 clinical course fee charged for 4-6 credits of BNURS 503.  The fee will be added to your tuition statement during autumn quarter.  You will need to be aware of the "Needle Stick Policy" and sign a copy of the form before beginning your placement; this form is distributed in class.  Certain agencies may have additional requirements pertinent to their mission.  Some possibilities include: proof of current auto liability insurance; FBI background checks.

Need for an Automobile: Since BNURS 503 sites are highly individualized and can be scattered throughout multiple counties, assignments convenient to public transportation cannot be guaranteed.  Access to an automobile is essential for the clinical portion of the program.


Students may "bank" up to but no more than 30 hours of fieldwork in either Summer/Fall with prior approval of their faculty advisor and clearly articulated goals/relevance to their work. Written objectives are required for advanced approval of this opportunity, so please complete the Fieldwork Banking Form.

Examples of Approved Fieldwork

  • Observe and Participate in Sigma Theta Tau conference.
  • Participate in SeaMar Community Health Center: Community Health fair to explore WA State's Hispanic population regarding eye health care.
  • Observe and Participate in the development and implementation of WA Center for Nursing's state wide nursing recognition event.
  • Attend the monthly Promise of Nursing in WA steering Committee meetings
  • Assist with planning, implementing and evaluating clinical groups of Nursing students at Everett Community College
  • Participate in a London Trip to experience first hand the educational and healthcare systems and how it compares and contrasts with the U.S. system.
  • Develop Skills in Data Collection by attending team meetings and trainings in data collection and conduct data collection at Marysville Care center.