Clinical practice plays a crucial role at the School of Nursing, standing with nursing education, research, leadership and service in the School's mission to prepare students for success in their careers.
The School of Nursing provides students with a variety of unique opportunities to translate knowledge into practice, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in different settings. The School has several programs and partnerships in place to ensure faculty and students are current in evidence-based practice and nursing practice education.
A key opportunity for real-life clinical practice is Silver City Health Center, a "safety net" clinic in the Argentine area of Kansas City, Kan., and the only academic nurse-managed health center in the region. Silver City Health Center is owned and operated by the KU School of Nursing and is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 "Patient-Centered Medical Home." The clinic provides high-quality primary care, in-depth clinical evaluation and a range of program-specific health services to residents of Wyandotte and Johnson counties.
The School of Nursing's practice contracts are centralized at KU HealthPartners, a 501(c)(3) corporation organized by the School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions.to provide clinical services that promote and support the educational, research, and community service missions of both schools. Known as KUHP, the enterprise is the faculty practice plan and sole entity for which managed care contracts are held regarding professional advanced practice nursing and other health services provided by faculty of the two schools.