Nursing Resource Centers
A publication of the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care                  
In This Issue
CCPS Improvements & Updates
Bay Area News and Updates
Los Angles Area News and Updates


Foundation for California Community Colleges
The Bay Area and Los Angeles Area Nursing Resource Centers (NRC) are a collaborative effort between the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) and the Foundcation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) 
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Nikki West, MPH
Program Director
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Carolyn Orlowski, RN MSN
Regional Coordinator
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Tianda McKoy
Southern California Project Coordinator
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Take a Look at what's New!
CCPS Improvements & Updates

The CCPS Technical Team has rolled out some new features that will assist school and clinical agency users in editing and updating proposals, historical placements, unit schedules, and more. Your feedback and input will continue to help us to bring you improvements that will make your experience with CCPS more efficient.



School users: 

  • Placement Requests are easier to edit! If a request is in "proposed" or "reproposed" status, you may now edit the start and end dates, as well as change the unit location, shift and day of week.
  • Adding new cohort groups is easy, fast and efficient! Once an initial cohort group is entered into CCPS, just click the Add link to create additional cohort groups for a course. All cohort information will auto populate for you and you will just click on "save all changes" to complete the process.
  • Improvement to the Historical Placement page! When viewing your historical placements, the # of students placed is now included in the displayed information.

 Clinical Agency users:

  • Unit Shut Down is a new feature! A unit schedule may be designated "active" or "inactive" with a simple click on the View/Edit Unit Schedules screen.  If a schedule is inactivate, placement requests may not be submitted for that unit location. Another simple click, will reactivate the schedule.  
Bay Area Nursing Resource Center (BANRC)
Los Angeles Area
Nursing Resource Center (LANRC)
Bay Area News and Updates


 Thank you for being such active users during the current placement cycle.  If you are new to CCPS or would benefit from in-person training, do not hesitate to ask - our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible for you!  To schedule training, contact Nikki West at


We are also excited to share follow up from focus groups that took place this past Spring as part of an evaluation of CCPS.  Thank you to all who participated - your input was valuable and has been heard.  We are in the process of developing a plan to re-write CCPS and hope to create a solution that is flexible enough to accommodate out-of-hospital settings as well as allied health students, and include access to preclinical requirements tools. Some of you may be contacted by a consultant with whom we are working to better understand your needs.  If you have specific ideas and have not been contacted for an interview, please get in touch with Nikki at


Los Angeles Area News and Updates
LANRC/CCPS Coordinators Survey
We would like to thank all of the CCPS Coordinators from Schools and Clinical Agencies who participated in this year's Annual LANRC/CCPS Coordinators Survey.  We had a great response rate this year. Your feedback and participation is extremely valuable to the ongoing process and improvement of the CCPS tool.  The full survey report will be discussed at with the LANRC Advisory Board meeting in November.
Highlights of the Survey
More of the schools and clinical facilities in the region indicated using the CCPS Tool exclusively compared to prior years to manage clinical placements with 57% of CCPS coordinators using only CCPS in their process.  Key features of the tool used most often include: historical placement wizard(67%), re-proposal option (57%, view cohort information (33%), and more exact student counts (33%).
62% of Coordinators indicated CCPS has increased their ability to manage placement information with 52% finding CCPS has reduced the time needed compared to other methods. The top 3 benefits of CCPS to the region were felt to be increased communication (62%), availability of information (57%), and standardization of the process across sites (57%). Ready made reports, such as the Placement Calendar or the School Proposal report are some of the most useful and informative CCPS features according to more than 60% of users.  
The greatest barrier to placing additional students continues to be that suitable units are already saturated with students reported by 67% of respondent.  With demand and supply of the nursing workforce currently "in balance" regional enrollment in pre-licensure nursing schools and clinical placements has been relatively flat for the last few years.  Healthcare trends are providing further employment options for more nurses working in community based settings. Expanding  clinical placements to new settings provides further opportunity to expand clinical education capacity while broadening student experiences.    



Please complete any remaining clinical placement requests for cohort schedules at this time and proceed to submit preceptor placements by Dec 12th)

August 18 - September 5, 2014

Hospitals review, confirm and extend availability through December 31, 2015 for both cohort and preceptor programs. We understand some hospitals will need to modify future availability if census and building plans change. These changes can be done as needed throughout the year.


September 8 - September 26, 2014

(Preceptor requests due November 7)

Schools make requests for all courses that start January 2015 through the end of the spring/summer terms. (Courses that usually end by August 31)


September 29 - October 17, 2014

(Preceptor placement decisions due December 12) Hospitals review proposed requests and make placement decisions. Hospitals are encouraged to accept long-standing/historic placements and to decline proposals they know they cannot accommodate as quickly as possible, as a courtesy to schools.