Nursing Resource Centers
A publication of the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care                  
January 2015 EDITION
In This Issue

Bay Area Nursing Resource Center (BANRC)
Los Angeles Area
Nursing Resource Center (LANRC)

Sharing the Value of CCPS


Throughout 2015, the Bay Area and Los Angeles Area Nursing Resource Centers (BANRC/LANRC) would like to invite our Centralized Clinical Placement System (CCPS) stakeholders and users to join in our efforts to encourage and increase participation among your service and academia partners across California.  Since inception, it has been our goal to build a sustainable program that will enhance and streamline the process of clinical placements, and improve relationships among partners.  The more organizations that participate in CCPS, the more beneficial it becomes for all as a single scheduling tool.

As a CCPS stakeholder and user, please share with others the value and benefits of using CCPS.  Schools and clinical agencies can maximize the potential of the tool by engaging in dialogue with your affiliates and partners to share your knowledge, experience and understanding of CCPS.  As more and more experienced users engage with their partner organizations and affiliate locations, the BANRC & LANRC can provide the necessary support and follow up needed to onboard new users.

The BANRC & LANRC share in the responsibility to bring together schools and clinical agencies to streamline placements, save time and money for organizations, and identify new possibilities for placements.

Join us this year and share your experience with CCPS and expand the possibilities.  When promoting and discussing CCPS you may highlight some key benefits of using the tool:

School Benefits

Optimizes nursing student clinical placements by allowing schools to quickly view and match their needs with available placement options

Provides information on clinical facilities utilizing the system, their scope of services, key contacts, and unit, day of the week, and shift options available for student placements 

Prepares reports including: unit availability schedules, student cohort schedules, school proposals list, and confirmed  placements organized in a calendar format by unit and shift

Saves time for school coordinators in searching for availability, proposing clinical rotations, and confirming accurate schedules 

Clinical Agency Benefits

Optimizes review of school placement requests in a standard format for ease of review, including identification of overlapping requests

Acknowledges capacity constraints defined by each clinical facility while supporting the need to expand student capacity by providing information on facilities with un-used clinical availability  to leverage and distribute expansion

Prepares reports including: unit schedules, student cohort schedules, school proposals list, and confirmed placements organized in a calendar format by unit and shift

Saves time for clinical facility coordinators in reviewing and responding to school requests, and in finalizing and communicating accurate schedules

Thank you for your continued participation and support!


Bay Area NRC and the Los Angeles Area NRC


Bay Area News and Updates

Designing for the Future 


In December, a small group of San Francisco Bay Area hospital and school users convened to discuss the future of CCPS and how it could be designed to best meet the shifting direction of healthcare education and practice.  With funding from the Moore Foundation, the FCCC and the Institute hosted a meeting in Oakland with about 15 attendees, facilitated by an independent consultant.  The meeting was highly productive, with topics ranging from ways to design for the shift in care to more ambulatory settings, to including allied health placements, and improving overall usability and functionality.  We gathered excellent recommendations for how to move forward and thank all who participated.  As a next step, we hope to secure funding to implement these changes.  More to come! 


Los Angeles Area News and Updates
Preceptor Placements

At the November 2014 LANRC Advisory Board meeting, preceptor placement issues and challenges were discussed from both a service provider's perspective, as well as from an academic perspective.  The importance of conducting this type of clinical experience remains an important priority for nursing schools to accomplish academic learning goals.  This type of clinical experience helps support future role transition of pre-licensure students to licensed RN roles for the first time, as well as for experienced RNs in graduate programs moving into an advanced practice role.
The Advisory Board proposed hosting a "Preceptor Issues Forum" for the Los Angeles Region similar to the meeting conducted two years ago, to engage further dialog related to the preceptor placement process, explore  strategies and ideas to maximize capacity, while obtaining an understanding of current challenges and options from both academic and service perspectives. 

Planning is underway to conduct a regional "Preceptor Issues Forum" for the Los Angeles region in late spring. We anticipate discussing  preceptor placement planning processes  overall regardless of the system used by individual facilities.  A demonstration of the existing CCPS Preceptor Program will also be provided as either a refresher or for those not familiar with it to engage input and generate ideas how it may be adopted or improved. 
Please consider if your school or clinical facility would like to participate in this meeting, and if so, who should be involved.  We know some CCPS Placement Coordinators managing cohort group placements may not always be the same individuals that handle preceptor placements for your school or hospital, so do  plan to share the meeting notice within your team as needed and with your affiliates to help us reach key leaders and stakeholders involved. 
Look for a  meeting announcement in February.



February 16 - March 6, 2015

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. 


March 9 - March 27, 2015 (Preceptor requests due April 17)

Schools make requests for all courses that start Mid-August 2015 through the end of the fall or winter terms (courses that usually end by December 31).


March 30 - April 17, 2015 (Preceptor placement decisions due May 8)

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.