Nurse Education

Community Health Network is dedicated to providing our nurses with the tools and professional growth that will enable them to develop a long and rewarding career with us. We are an approved provider of continuing nurse education by the Indiana State Board of Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To enhance your experience, we offer numerous educational opportunities for our nurses—including internships, institutes, specialized training programs and certification review courses—and nursing student opportunities such as observation/shadowing, the student extern program and clinical experiences through affiliated schools of nursing.

For Students

The Nursing Academy is a unique academic partnership between Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis that offers an accelerated path for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Students can complete the program in four or five semesters, depending on their degree status. The program uses a cohort design, with cohorts admitted twice annually and graduating together.

To be admitted, students must meet admission requirements for the UIndy Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and have completed all designated prerequisites.

Get the details and apply on the UIndy website.

The Nursing Academy at UIndy

Due to the overwhelming number of requests and limited availability of preceptors, the following requirements are in place for our APP Student Program:

Nurse practitioners

  • Nurse practitioner students MUST be current employees of Community Health Network, and
  • Nurse practitioner students MUST be enrolled in an NP program within the state of Indiana that is not exclusively online.

Physician assistants

We will do our best to assist with preceptor placement; however, there are no guarantees.

We created the student extern program to help promising students complete their education while getting crucial hands-on experience at Community Health Network.


  • Successful completion of a student extern assessment
  • Two semesters of previous clinical experience in college courses
  • Within one year of graduation

Learning opportunities

Two-week orientations for this program are typically offered two times a year, in December and May. After orientation, student externs receive hands-on instruction and learn how to:

  • Perform a variety of nursing treatments
  • Deliver patient-centered care
  • Practice assessment skills
  • Gain phlebotomy skills (exam required)

Shadowing is an observation experience that allows you to observe a healthcare worker in his or her work setting. This experience is usually less than 4 hours and you will not be allowed to participate in any "hands on" experience. Under special circumstances the experience may be longer than 4 hours. The participant is always under the direct supervision of a Community Health Network employee.

Due to the extreme vulnerability of our patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), no requests for observation can be granted.


  • All participants must show evidence of proof of immunization or titer for Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola and Varicella (chickenpox). In addition, proof of an influenza vaccine (ie, “flu shot”) during the current influenza season.
  • The minimum age is 16 and a junior in high school. Any person under the age of 18 must have parental permission.
  • Participant must comply with the dress code.
  • Application and additional paperwork must be faxed no later than one week prior to requested date of experience.

Application process

  1. Download, print and complete this application packet. (Note: You'll need Adobe Reader to view forms.)
  2. Print all consents and sign.
  3. If the participant is under the age of 18, a parental consent form needs to be signed.
  4. Obtain all necessary immunization documentation and include with application packet and consents.
  5. Fax all the forms to 317-351-5483 no later than one week prior to experience.
  6. No handwritten applications will be accepted.
  7. We will contact you via e-mail for any questions. Please check your e-mail frequently to facilitate the process.
  8. Prior to your experience read critical information for observation experience (dress code, tips, hand washing).
  9. For additional questions about nursing observations, please call 317-355-4885.

For Nurses

This program helps translate knowledge, principles, and theories new nurses learned in school to the specialty area in which he or she has chosen to work. New nurses will have the opportunity to interact with many members of the multidisciplinary care team including many physicians from multiple specialties, clinical nurse specialists, and other allied health personnel as he or she learns to coordinate patient care. Additional learning activities for each nursing specialty include the following:

  • Behavioral care
    Group dynamics, milieu management, therapeutic communication, medical management of patients with multiple co-morbidities
  • Emergency Department
    Emergency Nurses Association: ENA online web-based education, trauma nursing core course, emergency nurses pediatric course, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Intensive care/progressive care
    American Association of Critical Care Nurses Essentials of Critical Care Orientation Web-based learning, cardiac rhythm interpretation, care of the mechanically ventilated patient, Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Maternity
    Clinical rotation through labor/delivery, postpartum and nursery; infant assessment, high-risk maternity patients and antepartum factors; alternative labor choices
  • Neonatal intensive care
    Care of the high-risk newborn, American Academy of Pediatrics: Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Medical/Surgical care
    Care for a wide variety of patients experiencing a disease crisis or post-op care. Education in specialty areas under the umbrella of medical/surgical care that includes oncology, renal, neurological or orthopedic patient care.

Application process

Graduate nurses who accept an offer of employment from Community Health Network are automatically admitted to the program.

The RN Operating Room Training Program is a full-time, paid, six-month long orientation into the operating room that will focus on both theory and skill. It provides supportive instructions, demonstrations and clinical experience necessary to actively scrub and circulate on a variety of surgical procedures. Candidates selected for the OR Training Program are hired as full-time employees.


  • This program is for Indiana licensed RNs with limited or no previous surgical experience in the operating room.
  • We accept associates and bachelor’s degrees from NLN or CCNE-accredited schools of nursing. A new graduate may be interviewed prior to completing the NCLEX exam and a contingency offer may be extended contingent upon receipt of RN licensure. RN licensure must be obtained prior to the start date of the program.
  • Selected applicants will be hired at one of the participating facility sites.
  • A two-year, signed commitment is required of any candidate hired to participate in the program. Due to the intensity and complexity of the program, participants need to allow two years to fully develop their skills in the operating room.

Learning opportunities

The program offers integrated learning experiences of classroom instruction, followed by hands-on clinical rotations in the OR department where the candidate is hired. Participants are exposed to both circulating and scrub roles, under the direction of experienced and skilled on-site preceptors.

  • Classroom lectures include, but are not limited to, aseptic technique, prepping, gowning, gloving, instrument names, suture selection, laparoscopic procedures and draping.
  • Candidates will attend core circulating and scrub classes throughout the six-month program.
  • The hands-on training portion of the program occurs at the facility where the candidate is hired. This allows for a smooth transition as the nurse becomes a part of the perioperative team.
  • Circulating rotation for 11 weeks at the site where the candidate is hired.
  • Scrub rotation for 10 weeks at the site where the candidate is hired.

Program completion

Upon successful completion of the six-month long program, candidates will work as regular full-time staff members on our surgical teams, actively scrubbing and circulating on a variety of surgical procedures.

As one of the fastest growing areas in nursing care, neuroscience nursing has an important place across the health care continuum. To encourage interested nurses to obtain a working knowledge in the area of neuroscience nursing, Community Health Network offers a continuing education program in neuroscience.


Successful completion of the nursing orientation at Community Health Network OR a student nurse at Community Health Network OR a new employee recruited to the neurology floor at Community Health Network.

Learning opportunities

Application process

For more information please e-mail a manager.

To encourage interest in this stimulating area of nursing, we have established a comprehensive experience for those interested in obstetrics nursing, including labor and delivery, neonatal and perinatal nursing.


  • Current registered nurse employed at Community Health Network
  • At least two years experience in obstetrics

Learning opportunities

  • Customized 12- to 16-week orientation with an experienced mentor/preceptor.
  • This program includes Community Health Perinatal Symposium, neonatal core curriculum, and Evidenced-Based Labor Support Conference.

Application process

For more information please e-mail a manager.

Orthopedics is one of the oldest medical disciplines and one that is at the forefront of intellectual and technological development. To encourage interested nurses to obtain a working knowledge in the area of orthopedic nursing, Community Health Network has established a support program for self-study in orthopedics. This program supports the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses curriculum and is highly recommended for someone considering appearing for the national certification examination.


  • Current registered nurse employed at Community Health Network
  • At least two years experience in orthopedics

Application process

For more information please e-mail a manager.

Certification in any field is an indicator of expertise and professionalism. A certified nurse is one who meets the highest standards of working knowledge in a chosen area. Community helps nurses prepare for certification examination through review courses in a variety of nursing areas.

Schools of Nursing

Community's Schools of Nursing program offers clinical learning experiences for graduate and undergraduate nursing students.