A mission of social responsibility

Students, faculty, and staff at the FPB School of Nursing incorporate community outreach into their educational curriculum on a regular basis as part of the university's overall mission of valuing social responsibility.

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One of FPB's strategic objectives is to create opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to partner with institutions external to the university at the local, national, and international levels.

Outreach ranges from sharing information about nursing careers with youths to training caregivers of elderly, from assessing health policy and finance among Cleveland communities to preparing to provide disaster relief across the country.

Please review the selected community projects featured here. The contact persons are available to you for more information.

ClinicalClinical Learning

Contact: Dr. Marilyn Lotas

FPB students graduate with the advantage of experience. BSN, Graduate Entry, MSN, and DNP students engage in clinical learning at more than 200 Cleveland-area community agencies and organizations each semester.

These premier healthcare organizations include:

  • University Hospitals Case Medical Center: among the nation's leading academic medical centers, forming the largest biomedical research center in Ohio and one of the top 20 in the nation
  • Cleveland Clinic: the second largest medical group practice in the world and the largest hospital in Ohio; one of 10 U.S. hospitals designated "The Best of the Best" by U.S. News& World Report
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center: recognized for more programs of clinical excellence than any other VA medical center
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: a regional referral hospital that is one of only 19 Level 1 trauma centers with a burn unit and a rehabilitation facility specializing in spinal cord injuries

FPB Capstone Students in ChileBSN Senior Capstone Project

Contact Dr. Marilyn Lotas

The Senior Capstone Project is a practicum that provides senior BSN students with the opportunity to analyze the concepts of health and health care, health policy and finance, culture, and ethics.

The preceptored, 10-week community-based immersion experience is held during the fall semester in local, national, or international settings. Students apply epidemiological techniques, the skills of negotiation, partnership building, community assessment, and nursing science in the identification and analysis of a health problem leading to the development of an intervention. Recent projects have taken students to local Cleveland schools as well as to international sites in Australia, Chile, Denmark, St. Lucia, and the Virgin Islands.

service learningCommunity Engagement through Service Learning

Contact: Dr. Marilyn Lotas

For service learning, BSN, MSN, and DNP students are matched with a community agency to conduct an agency-identified service project.

Students engaged in service learning provide community service in response to community identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and the academic course work, and their roles as citizens and health care professionals.

GuatemalaInternational Health Programs

Contact: Samira Hussney

FPB has a strong legacy and many current activities in international health. We host one of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centers in Nursing in the United States.

We welcome international students and scholars who wish to come study with our faculty and visit premier clinical sites. In addition, there are a number of opportunities for our students to study abroad in international locations.

Sunbeam School

Sunbeam SchoolSunbeam is FPB's partner school in the Cleveland municipal school district. Faculty and staff are volunteer tutors at the school. BSN students provide nursing care to Sunbeam students who have complex health problems.

Children at Sunbeam School continue to be in need of tutors in reading and mathematics. Several of our faculty who have participated in the past can attest to the gratifying nature of both the relationships established and the experience itself. Sunbeam School is located close to campus, and the children and staff are most grateful for our participation.