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Internships for Nursing (M.S.)

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Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

Information about special tuition waivers for graduate students are found at this website: http://www.grad.niu.edu/grad/financing/tuition_waiver/tuition/waiverinfo.pdf

The graduate internship waiver program will be phased out between Fall 2014 and Summer 2017. The phase-out plan allows students who began or will begin their programs prior to Summer 2013 to be eligible for the waiver for all hours in which they are enrolled through Summer 2017. Students admitted to a program in Summer 2013 or later will be eligible to receive the waiver for up to 9 hours of internship hours through Summer 2017. After Summer 2017, the internship waiver program will cease to exist.

Refer to the current Internship Planning Packet for your area of study (i.e., Advanced Practice Planning Packet or Nursing Education Planning Packet) for instructions about applying for an Internship Tuition Waiver.

Procedures for Scheduling and Enrolling in Internships (Revised February 2015)

Effective Immediately (February 6, 2015):  All graduate nursing students will be scheduled for internships when they obtain an approved plan of study/course sequence for the graduate specialization to which they were admitted.  As soon as your plan of study (this is an official document and must have actual signatures) is submitted, signed and dated by you, your assigned graduate faculty advisor, and the Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, you will be “scheduled” for all internships in the semesters on your approved plan.

This means you will no longer need to notify Connie Uhlken, the Nursing Program Coordinator, of intent to enroll in a nursing internship one year prior to taking a first internship.

However, it is mandated that you contact the Graduate Internship Preceptor Coordinator, Ms. Susan Anderson (sandersen@niu.edu), one year prior to each internship (as outlined on the table of deadlines below)!  If you do not meet these deadlines and do not contact Ms. Andersen to obtain a referral to a preceptor, you will be notified that your planned internship is cancelled and that you will need to resubmit a plan of study for approval.  NOTE: Your internships will be rescheduled on a space available basis.

The procedural steps are as follows:

  1. After admission to a specialization in the graduate nursing program, meet with your faculty advisor to plan your program of study. 
  2. Obtain approval for this plan by signing and dating the form and then requesting a signature from your faculty advisor.  The faculty advisor will submit the signed and dated form to the Director of Graduate Nursing Studies.
  3. If approved, your plan of study will be returned to you electronically as a pdf document. Please allow sufficient time for approval and return of the document.  This will usually occur approximately the 1st and 15th of the month after the plan was submitted to the Director.
  • For example, if your faculty advisor submits your plan to the Director on the 20th of a month, you should receive the electronic copy in your NIU Email by the 1st of the subsequent month. 
  • If the plan is submitted to the Director on the 2nd of a month, you should receive the electronic copy in your NIU Email by the 15th of that same month.
  1. If your plan of study changes for any reason, you will need to meet with your faculty advisor to devise a new plan and to gain approvals. NOTE: Your internships will be rescheduled on a space available basis.
  2. Deadlines for contacting Ms. Andersen by EMAIL (sandersen@niu.edu) to receive a preceptor assignment ONE YEAR PRIOR TO EACH INTERNSHIP are as follows:
  • September 1 – November 1 for Fall Internships
  • January 1 – March 1 for Spring Internships
  • June 1 – August 15 for Summer Internships

NOTE:  If you do not contact Ms. Andersen in writing by email (sandersen@niu.edu) during the above periods of time, you will be required to retrack your internships on a space available basis.

Additional NOTE: Read through the entire internship planning packet for your specialization PRIOR TO contacting Ms. Costigan. 

6.  Internship planning packets can be found on the “Nursing” website for the School of Nursing and Health Studies.  Go to “Nursing” and then either “M. S. in Nursing” or “Post-Master’s Nursing Certificates” (whichever applies to you).  Finally click on the “Internships” link.

7.  For each internship, you must also contact the faculty member assigned to teach the internship by deadlines outlined in the table below.

  • Contact the faculty member by EMAIL to introduce yourself and to request information about how the faculty member wants you to submit the required documents for your internship. 
  • Required documents are: a planning sheet for the internship, personal learning objectives, your curriculum vitae (CV), internship-related information including contact information for your preceptor, and an IDFPR license report for the preceptor (go to the IDFPR license look-up website -- https://www.idfpr.com/LicenseLookUp/LicenseLookup.asp -- and print the detailed report).
  • You might also need to submit a Profile Form for your preceptor; the faculty teaching the internship will advise if there is a need for this document.
  • Documents must be submitted and revised by the deadline dates in the table below.
  • The assigned faculty teaching the internship gives final approval to your internship materials; faculty approval is required prior to your enrollment in each internship.
  •  You must communicate directly with the faculty member and not with the nursing office staff regarding processing of these materials.
  • Failure of the student to meet the posted deadlines will result in the need to retrack the internship for a later semester by submitting a new and approved plan of study.  You will be retracked on a space available basis.

Any questions regarding this procedure may be directed to Ms. Pamela Taylor (ptaylor@niu.edu) or Ms. Susan Andersen (sandersen@niu.edu).

Important Deadlines Related to Internships

 (NOTE:  Failure of the student to meet deadlines will result in a requirement to retrack and reschedule the internship on a space available basis) 

Content Area

Fall Internship

Spring Internship

Summer Internship

Assignment to a preceptor:  Contact Susan Andersen by EMAIL one year in advance of EACH internship

September 1 – November 1

January 1 – March 1

June 1 – August 15

Nursing Administration will notify students of internship section and faculty who will be teaching that section through NIU Email

March

1 - 10

October

1 - 10

March

1 - 10

Student to CONTACT faculty by EMAIL about paperwork

March 15

October 15

March 15

Student to submit required paperwork to faculty

March 31

October 31

March 31

Paperwork revised by student based on faculty feedback

April 15

November 15

April 15

Office staff to send request for preceptor agreement with student’s documents

No Later Than May 1

No Later Than December 1

No Later Than May 1

Receipt of preceptor agreement, preceptor’s license and CV/resume*

Friday of first week of classes

Friday of first week of classes

Friday of first week of classes

Faculty review preceptor’s documents

Prior to student’s internship activities

Prior to student’s internship activities

Prior to student’s internship activities

 

  • All Clinical Requirement documents must be current and documented according to the NIU graduate nursing program current procedures by July 1 each year.
  • No Clinical Requirements may expire during the academic year, which is August 15 to May 15. 
  • Also, Clinical Requirements also may not expire during a summer internship.  Therefore, they must be documented per policy prior to the start of that summer internship in mid-June.
  • All Preceptor agreements/documents must be on file in the nursing program office PRIOR TO the student conducting any internship activities with the preceptor in the clinical setting.

Effective 2/6/15