Opportunities for Learning
The nursing program is based on the clinical application of theoretical knowledge. Clinical learning opportunities occur early in the curriculum and are closely related to what happens in the classroom.
“My healthcare. My St. Luke's. ”
It’s a fitting slogan for a great health care system. St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network consistently has been selected as having one of the nation’s best-performing hospitals for quality care and efficient management and is a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals. For nursing students, this means opportunities for clinical experiences unique in Pennsylvania—and impressive anywhere in the world. At St. Luke’s in Bethlehem, the network’s tertiary referral and flagship hospital, there are more than 25,000 admissions per year, including 3,000 births and more than 750 open-heart surgeries.
In addition, the entire St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network encompasses comprehensive community services across the life continuum—as well as a growing emphasis on the importance of wellness and health-promotion services. Students are engaged in community based services, including experiences with clients and families in the St. Luke's specialty clinics, the Visiting Nurses' Association, and Hospice Care. There are opportunities for learning with St. Luke's staff on the Health Star and Dental Vans.
The art of nursing develops through clinical experience
The art of nursing is an expression of human caring and commitment to the worth and dignity of humankind. Throughout the nursing curriculum, the student is immersed in a variety of clinical experiences emphasizing the promotion of health for diverse individuals, families, and communities. More than 1,000 hours of clinical practice provides nursing students with ample opportunities to apply and test theoretical concepts in a range of health-care settings.
Improving the health of its communities is fundamental to the mission and values of St. Luke's. Clinical experiences for nursing students also extend deeply into the life of the Lehigh Valley.
A remarkable range of choices within the St. Luke’s Hospital Health Network
The student is guaranteed broad-based clinical practice experiences through the partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network and regional service programs across Eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to utilizing advanced technology in clinical practice, St. Luke’s also offers the student the opportunity to engage in clinical learning and research opportunities in diverse practice settings—such as maternal-child health, geriatrics, oncology, cardiology, and behavioral health.
Emphasizing collaboration throughout the curriculum
The nursing curriculum promotes the development of leadership skills in the novice nurse who—in collaboration with other health-care professionals and groups—provides health care across the continuum of care. Integral to the development of broad-based skills for the nursing graduate is observing and working with experts from other multidisciplinary fields—such as medicine, psychiatry, social service, and pastoral care.
A confident beginning nurse clinician is one who possesses a broad-based liberal arts education and a commitment to life-long learning—combined with clinical practice competence. Learning experiences designed to foster intellectual inquiry and critical thinking are emphasized, enabling our nursing graduates to practice in virtually any health-promoting or wellness care setting.