Curriculum Development for Specialty

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Curriculum Development for Specialty Internship
Joyce Ivie
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing

In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
N5302 Curriculum Development and Education
Sharon Judkins, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
March 17, 2014

Curriculum Development for Specialty Internship Many nursing internship programs allow interns to choose a specialty, which would ultimately be the specialty they select for their careers. Both the ongoing changes in the delivery of health care and the specialized and technical nature of the dialysis setting demand that new graduates and experienced nurses who choose nephrology nursing as their specialty receive comprehensive training (Singer, 2006). Specialized programs give nurse interns maximum exposure to the field that interests them the most. Specialized education programs for nurses require extensive human and facility resources to be successful (Hall, 2006). This specialty internship program will also assist with retention of nursing staff. Career development programs such as internships are an effective retention strategy.
The purpose of this internship is to expose the student to the outpatient environments of hemodialysis. As most undergraduate nursing programs lack dialysis-specific clinical experience, nurses are in need of a strong educational program (Singer, 2006). As the number of patients on dialysis increases, so does the demand for hemodialysis nurses (Dunbar et al., 2012). This program is to provide a well-rounded orientation that will assist the new registered nurse that is integrating into this specialty both professionally and socially (Hall, 2006). Developing this program is a proactive way to address the critical nursing shortage in the outpatient dialysis setting and help students decide whether or

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