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Current Students - Young Community Nurse Clinician Program

The UI College of Nursing Young Community Nurse Clinician (YCNC) program offers a competitive and selective mentorship opportunity for undergraduate nursing students who are considering a career in community and public health nursing. Students considering a career as a Nurse Practitioner also find this program to be of benefit, as it helps to promote the development of a culturally informed understanding of populations in the community.

Nursing student participants are selected based upon their academic record, faculty endorsement, interest in vulnerable populations, and career goals as described in the goal statement application materials.

What will be expected of me as a Young Community Nurse Clinician?

  • Participation in community and public health nursing (CPHN) experiences (averaging 1-2 hrs/week), under the direction of a faculty mentor and/or expert clinician(s), that promote development of community and public health nursing leadership and knowledge.
  • Meet mothly with faculty mentor and other YCNCs to discuss CPHN clinical activities and topics.
  • Present a summary of YCNC activities at a College of Nursing and/or other professional event as requested.
  • Attend events that promote the Young Community Nurse Clinician Program, and help to promote interest in community and public health nursing (e.g., the Prescription for Success event). Meet with alumni donors as needed.
  • Attend a Community and Public Health Nursing related conference, as funds allow.
  • Students are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at a regional conference.

What benefits will I receive?

  • Work with a faculty mentor and expert clinician(s) who best facilitate your career development.
  • Work with vulnerable populations in the community.
  • Gain a valuable and unique clinical honor to your curriculum vita.
  • Develop leadership skills in community and public health nursing.
  • Develop a network of professional colleagues and potential employers.
  • Receive recognition at graduation as a participant as a Young Community Nurse Clinician.

Who will be my mentor?
You will be paired with a faculty mentor and expert clinician(s) who match most closely your clinical interests and professional goals.

Requirements for Application
The application consists of the following items:

  • Completion of a minimum of one semester of nursing courses in the College of Nursing, with demonstrated health assessment communication skills and interest in a CPHN career.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; good academic standing.
  • Goal statement (no longer than 1 page, 12 point font, single spaced) describing your interest in  why you would like to participate as a Young Community Nurse Clinician, and how you hope  these experiences will facilitate your career  goals.
  • Two (2) endorsements from  clinical faculty or other health care professionals, who can confirm your potential for success as a Young Community Nurse Clinician.
  • Application (PDF)
  • Transcript Release Form (PDF)

November 1 for spring enrollment
April 1 for fall enrollment

Send your completed application materials to:
Janice Miller, MSN, RN
Attention: YCNC Program
386 CNB