Nursing Experiences

Whether it is serving the community right here in Rochester, or across the world in an impoverished country, Fisher Nursing students get hands-on experience throughout their studies.


Global Nursing Opportunities

Fisher Nursing students have the opportunity to travel far and wide to provide global medical care as part of their coursework.

Recent trips have brought students to:

  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Masaya, Nicaragua
  • Ollantaytambo, Peru
  • Boqueron, El Salvador
  • Waterford, Ireland

In April 2014, under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Wilk, six students traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for two weeks with the International Service Learning Organization. The students conducted assessments for community members as part of a free nursing clinic, determining a possible diagnosis for each patient and suggesting treatments along with a physician.

That same month, a group of ten students—along with Dr. Kylene Abraham and Dr. Cynthia McCloskey—traveled to Peru to provide health screening and health education to children at four different schools in Rumira, Soccmo, Patachancha, and Ollantaytambo.

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Nursing Clinical Experiences

The Wegmans School of Nursing places students in healthcare systems, community-based agencies, and private practices in the Rochester region.

In addition to Fisher's full-time faculty, the healthcare professionals in these practice settings participate in the education of Fisher's undergraduate nursing students. They share their knowledge, serve as role models, motivate, and mentor the next generation of Fisher nurses.

Hospital Partners

  • Unity Hospital
  • Strong Memorial Hospital*
  • Highland Hospital*
  • Rochester General Hospital*
  • Newark-Wayne Hospital
  • FF Thompson Hospital*

*Designated Magnet Recognition Program® Hospital. The program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in professional nursing practice.

Community Partners

  • Monroe County Health Department
  • Daystar
  • Heritage Christian Homes
  • Hill Haven Nursing Home
  • St. John’s Home
  • Elder One – Rochester General Hospital
  • Upstate Home Care
  • VA Community and Home-Based Program
  • Rush Henrietta Schools Nursing
  • Lifetime Care
  • Home Care of Rochester
  • Visiting Nurse Service
  • Rochester City School District Nursing Centers

Study Abroad

One unique aspect of Fisher's nursing program is the opportunity for students to participate in the College’s study abroad program. Some sophomores in their spring semester may participate.


Nursing students on a medical mission trip to Costa Rica

Students with patients at a clinic in Costa Rica.

Male nursing student teaching proper dental hygiene on a medical mission trip to Peru.

A Fisher nursing student teaches a young Peruvian girl how to properly brush her teeth during a health screening at her school.

A young Peruvian girl gets a basic health screenings by a nursing student.

A young Peruvian girl and a nursing student share a laugh during a basic health screening.

Nursing students on a medical mission trip to El Salvador

Students and faculty with Promotoras in Patacancha, a high-altitude community in Peru. Promotoras are men and women elected by their communities to work as health aides. The students trained them on a variety of topics including CPR; immediate care of fractures, burns, and wounds; and how to treat more common illnesses.

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