Nursing 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 specialized training programs. For nursing students, we offer observation/shadowing, the student extern program and clinical experiences through affiliated schools of nursing.

Student Nurse Programs

Schools of Nursing

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

Primary Care Education (RN to BSN)

Offered in collaboration with University of Indianapolis and Community Health Network, the RN to BSN Program with a concentration in primary care lets you build on your passion for helping others and take the next step in your nursing career in an affordable and accelerated academic program designed for the active lifestyles of working RNs and endorsed by professional nurses at Community Health Network.

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The Nursing Academy

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

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Student Clinical Rotations

Thank you for your interest in Community Health Network as a site for a portion of your clinical education. We are happy to evaluate your request for placement. Our hope is that students who come to Community have an exceptional educational experience. In order for us to provide that experience, please review this information carefully and follow the steps below.

Note: Community Health Network prioritizes placement of our employees and only accepts students from universities with which we have a fully-executed affiliation agreement on file. If an affiliation agreement is not on file, obtaining one can take several months.

Step 1: Download and complete APP Student Request form.

  • All information on this form is required so we can correctly credential students for placement.
  • When listing information for each rotation, please include specific date you are eligible to start, date you must be finished, and expected number of hours. This helps us work with providers for placement and ensures your access is active during your rotation timeframe.

Step 2: Download and complete the APP Confidentiality forms.

  • Confidentiality forms require a handwritten signature.

Step 3: Download and complete the APP Access Control Request form.

  • Access Control Request form requires a handwritten signature.
  • This form allows us to issue a badge to you. All caregivers are required to wear a Community-issued badge for patient safety and access to secure areas.
  • You will receive your badge at student orientation, and it must be returned to us before completion of your program.

Step 4: Email the three documents from steps 1-3 as a PDF, JPG, or PNG as well as a photo (headshot from shoulders up) as a JPG or PNG to NPPAStudents@eCommunity.com.

  • Once we receive all three forms in our office, we will be able to begin the placement process.
  • We will do everything we can to place you, but placement is not guaranteed.
  • If you have a preceptor lined up already, continue to Step 6.

Step 5: We will notify you if we find a preceptor for you and ask that you notify us if you find your own preceptor.

  • We will continue to search until we hear from you, are able to place you, or reach your scheduled start date without placement. Placement is not guaranteed.

Step 6: Once you have a confirmed placement at Community, whether we find the preceptor or you do, please send the following three items to NPPAStudents@eCommunity.com.

  • Completed Educational Experience Rotation Agreement. Please download this form, complete it, and obtain your preceptor's signature. Save it as a PDF, JPG or PNG. You must have a separate agreement for each preceptor you work with.
  • Photo (headshot from shoulders up) for your student access badge if you did not already send one. Must be a JPG or PNG format.
  • Dates you are available to attend APP/Med Student Orientation and Epic Training. These are held most Mondays (except holidays) between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. You may attend orientation within the month before the start of your rotation. Register by including your first and second choice dates in your email with your rotation agreement and photo.

Step 7: The final step is to attend APP/Med Student Orientation and Epic Training!

  • You will receive a confirmation once you are enrolled for training (see step 6 above). You will receive an additional confirmation by the Thursday before your scheduled orientation date with location and directions.

We would like to help all students with placement, but due to the large quantity of requests and few preceptors available, we are not able to guarantee placement and cannot respond to requests for updates on progress. We will do our best to help you find placement and will communicate with you if/when that happens.

Thank you!

Student Extern Program

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

Requirements

  • Two semesters of previous clinical experience in college courses
  • Accepted into a nursing program and completed one semester

Learning Opportunities

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
Observation Experience or Shadowing

In addition to flu restrictions, as of March 14, Community Health Network is currently closed to all students and observations due to the COVID-19 outbreak and response. We currently do not have an estimate of when those restrictions will be lifted and will update this page as more information is available. Thank you for your patience as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Nurse Continuing Education

New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Community Health Network’s new graduate residency program is built on an evidenced-based curriculum and designed to effectively support the new graduate in transition from student to the professional nurse role as a caregiver in an acute care setting. Along with orientation programs that provide important information about the organization, role, unit, and department, the residency program addresses experiences that are unique to new graduate nurses, and provides a supportive structure for new nurses through the use of reflection, debriefing and mentorship.

For more information about the nurse residency program, contact Jolynn Kuehr at jkuehr@eCommunity.com or 317-355-4539.

RN Residency Program Flyer

The goal of the program is to:

  • Recruit and retain highly qualified nurses
  • Provide new graduates with experiences they need to gain proficiency in their profession
  • Increase nurse satisfaction with their work

Based on the principles of "relationship-based care," the program focuses on:

  • Caring and healing environment
  • Patient care delivery
  • Patient/Family-centered care
  • Outcomes measurement
  • Leadership
  • Resource driven practice
  • Teamwork

The program is designed to support the new graduate to:

  • Use effective decision-making skills
  • Provide clinical nurse leadership
  • Incorporate research-based evidence into practice
  • Strengthen professional commitment to nursing
  • Formulate an individual professional development plan

Program features:

  • Provided for all new graduates hired to Community Health Network
  • One year in length
  • Progressive from core orientation to residency to specialty core classes
  • Content is provided every six weeks in four-hour sessions
Operating Room Training 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.

Requirements

  • 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.