Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) is a 3 or 4 week program offered to Nurse cadets between their junior and senior year after completion of LDAC. Cadets who have completed Med-Surg 1 or an equivalent course travel to an Army hospital in the United States or around the globe and work under the mentorship of a licensed Army Nurse Corps Officer.
Cadets follow the same schedule as their preceptor working 12-hr day or night shifts to fulfill a total of 120 clinical hours. NSTP gives Nurse cadets the opportunity to perform assessments and practice skills such as IV insertion and medication administration that their Seattle University College of Nursing peers do not get the chance to perform until their senior practicum or their first job!
In their off time, cadets work on an independent inservice project to be presented at the end of the course. Inservice presentations are related to the unit they are working on and are a great way to synthesize the knowledge they have gained and receive feedback from their peers.
Despite working a full schedule, cadets have plenty of time to experience the sights, sounds, and tourist opportunities of their NSTP destination.