Centralized Clinical Placement System
Centralized Clinical Placement System: Increasing Capacity
The Massachusetts Centralized Clinical Placement (CCP) System is dedicated to the efficient placement of nursing students into the clinical setting. Clinical placements are one of the core components of a nursing education program. At the start of the Nursing Initiative, over 40% of the nursing programs in the Commonwealth indicated that they did not have enough clinical placements to meet the student demand. This project developed a web-based system for nursing programs and health care facilities to manage clinical placements for students. Launched in 2006, this is a regionally based project that currently includes 75 nursing programs and 92 healthcare organizations across the state. The system manages over 16,000 student placements and has increased the availability of clinical placements statewide by 20%.
In 2009, a centralized Online Orientation system was added to the CCP. The Online Orientatation system is designed to provide comprehensive and consistent orientation training and is designed to decrease the time spent by students, faculty, and staff in repetitive orientation sessions and to ease the administrative burden of managing students through the sessions. Over 21,000 students have completed the online orientation as of June, 2011.