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Enriching Clinical Education Partnerships (ECLEPS) Project
Benefits to Participation as an ECLEPS Clinical Partner
Join a prestigious statewide project to recruit and retain nurses and improve the quality of
care for residents.
Receive tailored education and consultation from nationally recognized gerontology nurses
on culture change, person-centered care, best practices in gerontologic nursing, and
leadership. [HRSA & NHF grant partners]
Facility nurses, other staff and administration will receive a range of educational materials,
services, and other resources based on individual and institutional needs and interests.
Included in these resources are 2-day LEAP and 2-day PHI leadership workshops. [HRSA &
NHF grant partners]
With faculty and nursing students, design and implement facility-specific projects related to
best practices for resident care.
Stipends ($1000) for two nurses who act as clinical education liaisons (CELs) to nursing
students during initial year of partnership. [HRSA & NHF grant partners]
A computer with internet access will be provided to the agency. The computer will be an
information resource for nurses and other care staff related to best practices in the care of
residents. The computer (laptop or desk top) will be ordered based on agency specifications
(within grant budget). [HRSA grant partners only]
Registration fees and travel expenses for CELs to attend project trainings and peer
workshops are covered by the grant.
Access to a statewide network of nurses in long term and community based care that share
resources and receive educational programs on topics that support best care for residents
and an energized work environment for staff.
Evaluate and recruit nursing students for eventual employment.
Provide and receive feedback regarding the clinical partnership; participate in modifications
Receive public acknowledgement of facility’s key role on this Health Northwest Health
Foundation-funded project. A feature article regarding the partnership will be submitted to
a local newspaper and other media identified by the facility and nursing program.
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Organizational Responsibilities as an ECLEPS-RNBS Partner:
Participate in creating and piloting an innovative model for clinical nursing education.
Administration and staff participate in activities to foster a culture of learning.
Administration, nursing, and other staff support nursing students’ learning:
o welcome student and faculty participation in the setting,
o include students in the life and work of the facility with emphasis on the role of the
RN in the organization,
o help students to identify learning opportunities including potential service projects
that meet facility needs and support student learning.
Students will be on site for approximately 7 to 15 hours/week over a ten week period.
Commitment and dedicated time (~ 2 hours over 2 days per week per course term) by at
least one RN CEL to support student learning. In conjunction with the faculty, the RN CEL
guides students to identify learning opportunities within the facility, shares own knowledge
and practice approaches for gerontologic nursing and provides limited feedback to students
on their activities.
Provide paid release time for CEL nurse(s) for 2-day LEAP and 2-day PHI trainings at start of
project and additional training and peer networking activities (approximately 16 hours after
completing the LEAP and PHI trainings). [HRSA & NHF-funded grant partners]
Provide paid release time for additional staff beyond the CEL(s) to attend the 2 day LEAP
and PHI trainings in year 1 (HRSA grant pays for LEAP training for up to 3 staff. NHF grant
pays for LEAP training for up to 2 staff. Recommended is either an administrator or an allied
health member of the staff).
Provide space for students to work on projects. This may be a counter or desk or table in a
relatively quiet area.
Participate in project evaluation activities.