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Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies

Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies Clinical Resources

  • Clinical Experience

    Clinical Experience

    The cornerstone of developing the next generation of nurse practitioners requires extensive opportunities for clinical practice. Our programs require students to complete 840 hours of supervised direct patient care, while PA students undergo about 2,000 hours of education in clinical clerkships.

    In partnership with Northwell Health, the school leverages the robust network of clinical sites, diverse expert clinicians, and clinical resources in order to guarantee clinical placements for students. Clinical resources include:

    • Simulation lab activities at the Patient Safety Institute
    • Encounters with standardized patients at the Clinical Skills Center
    • Practicing procedural skills at the Bioskills Education Center
  • Center for Learning and Innovation

    Center for Learning and Innovation

    The Center for Learning and Innovation serves a diverse and growing workforce of more than 43,000 employees. Learners include employees from all levels and areas: administrators, physicians, nurses, technicians, case managers, food service workers, and everyone else. To meet the needs of the various departments throughout the health system, CLI has several programs and services to help advance education.

    Learning Initiatives

    The Center for Learning and Innovation utilizes hands-on, interactive programs including simulations, games, reflective debriefing, interactive technology, role playing, and group activities to guide learners in best practices. 

    Patient Safety Institute

    Clinical education is vital to reducing medical errors and infections. The Patient Safety Institute features sophisticated, full-scale patient simulators with computer-based interactive technology. The patient simulators mimic diverse medical scenarios found in all areas of healthcare. The institute is adaptable to all clinical levels and allied health professions, and clinical teams from all over the health system have regularly scheduled sessions. 

    Physician Leadership Institute

    Building a strong partnership with the physicians in the community is integral to providing exceptional healthcare. As a major part of that effort, the Physician Leadership Institute supports the professional and personal growth in physicians of the health system.

    Bioskills Education Center

    Bioskills Education Center, a member of Northwell Health, is a 6,200 square-foot state-of-the-art education facility that brings the latest operative techniques to attending physicians, medical students, residents, nurses, surgical technologists and others in the medical field.

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  •  Patient Safety Institute

    Patient Safety Institute

    The Patient Safety Institute (PSI) is the simulation center for Northwell Health and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. PSI is accredited by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) for excellence in the areas of core standards, teaching/education, assessment, research, and systems integration. This accreditation recognizes that PSI adheres to the rigorous educational standards set by the society, a prestigious international organization. Several PSI team members serve as SSH accreditation site reviewers and have received SSH certification as Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators.

    Clinical Skills Center

    The Clinical Skills Center is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare education using a standardized patient program. A standardized patient is an individual who has been carefully trained to portray a patient, family member or other character during encounter with a learner. Standardized patient roles range from the simple (routine physical exam) to the more complex (disease diagnosis), offering the learner a wide variety of experiences. Learners may interact with the standardized patient in smallgroup settings or in one-on-one encounters.

    Working closely with faculty from the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, the Clinical Skills Center provides methods of assessing clinical skills in a controlled environment. The Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a unique assessment tool, giving learners an opportunity to interview and examine standardized patients in a mock clinical setting. The standardized patient is trained to observe the learner during an encounter and give appropriate post-encounter feedback both on a checklist and face to face. The encounters are recorded and pre- and post-encounter data is collected and reviewed by faculty.

    Standardized patients are also an increasingly popular and integral addition to both clinical and non-clinical learner-encounters for programs throughout the health system. Their detailed and realistic portrayal of patients, family members, staff members and administrators provides a unique and practical experience for learners from a variety of disciplines. The Clinical Skills Center provides a safe environment in which learners are able to practice physical examination skills, history-taking skills and communication skills and receive immediate feedback from faculty, peers and the standardized patient.

  •  Bioskills Ed. Center

    Bioskills Education Center

    The Bioskills Education Center is a 6,200 square-foot state-of-the-art education facility that brings the latest operative techniques to Northwell attending physicians, medical students, residents, nurses, surgical technologists and others in the medical field.

    The center offers surgical training, continuing medical education and research with the most advanced technologies in video and endoscopic surgical equipment. Bioskills Education Center is dedicated to providing an exceptional hands-on experience utilizing cadaveric specimens for regional, national and international workshops for audiences including physicians, nurses, medical professionals, associations and students.

    At the Bioskills laboratory, all tissue is obtained from agencies licensed by the state of New York as needed for educational events. We strictly adhere to all regulatory requirements and ethical standards for handling tissue.

  • Institute for Nursing

    Institute for Nursing

    Northwell Health is committed to delivering the highest quality healthcare possible. Providing exemplary care would not be possible without the backbone of the health system – our nursing staff.

    As the largest employer of nurses on Long island and one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, Northwell is able to offer nurses a range of opportunities to learn, excel and advance.

  • Structure Lab