Quote from surfca40
Thank you so much! So from what I've gathered here, your cohort is assigned one of those locations and that's where you will complete your clinicals for the duration of your program?
The cohort you're assigned to is where you complete majority of your clinicals (for sure the big ones fundamentlas, med surg (CASAL I), med surg 2 (CACI)). Basically, your first 3 clinical nursing classes will for sure be at your cohort assigned hospital.
Once you get to the specialized classes it may vary. For example, my hospital did not have a OB or Peds unit, so we went to a different hospital.
Psych is a combination of outpatient and inpatient, so for sure you will be going to some local outpatient clinics. My cohort for psych went to our cohort hospital and a state ran psych facility.
For community health, it will not be at your hospital because that is all outpatient so you'll be assigned outpatient locations for example my cohort did things for local clinics, salvation army clinic, and other free clinics (for those who did not have health insurance). I guess if your hospital has outpatient clinicas you might be assigned there.
Critical Care will likely be at your assigned cohort hospital.
For the practicum, I think you can actually try and see if you can do your 5 weeks (working full-time hours) at a hospital you might want to work at. Someone in my cohort requested to do his at a particular hospital because he wanted to see to get a job there. I remember doing my psych rotation and the nurses told me a WGU student did their practicum at their unit and they really wanted to hire him after he passed his NCLEX (they told me the student decided to go work a different hospital). Not sure how they do this part, but my state director emailed my cohort wanting to know our top 3 hospitals and type of unit/specialty we wanted to do our practicum in.