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Service Learning for Nursing Students

Service Learning in the MANE Curriculum

Service Learning hours must be completed and submitted by April 5, 2017 for spring semester.

Service Learning falls under the broader concept of experiential learning. Experiential learning means to learn by experience, for example, participating in a case study, practicing in lab, or in the clinical site where we work with real people.

Service Learning is more specific and, as defined by Robert Sigmon, “occurs when there is a balance between learning goals and service outcomes.” (Furco, 1996, p.2) The service provided not only is a learning experience for the student, but is a benefit to the organization and the clients it serves. The organization has the ability to cost effectively and personally serve more clients in a timely manner. 

Benefits to the students include a deeper understanding of their course content, a broader appreciation of their discipline, an enhanced sense of civic responsibility, and recognition of the need to advocate for vulnerable groups with unmet needs. The hands-on service is only the beginning of service learning. Reflection, during and afterwards, helps the student to see and use leadership tools (listening, empathy, awareness, conceptualization, foresight, community building) to promote social justice particularly related to basic human needs of health (Maslow’s Hierarchy). (Murray, 2013)

Furco, A. (1996). Service-learning: A balanced approach to experiential education. Expanding Boundaries: Service and Learning. Washington DC: Corporation for National Service, 2-6.

Murray, B. S. (2013). Service-learning in baccalaureate nursing education: A literature review. Journal of Nursing Education, 52 (11), 621–626.

As a requirement of your studies for the NHCC nursing program, 10 hours/semester, for a total of 30 hours for the program are required. These hours are assigned to specific courses and the services provided must relate to the course content.

  • 2750 – Nutrition sites related to food service and those in need of food
  • 2800 – Chronic and Palliative Care sites related to nursing care of the chronically ill
  • 2950 – Leadership sites related to community awareness and vulnerable groups of people



Service Learning Procedure  

Hours Documentation 

Getting Started  

2750 Service Learning Sites 

2800 Service Learning Sites 

2950 Service Learning Sites 

 If you have any questions please contact Katie Butler in the Nursing Department - 763-424-0759 kbutler@nhcc.edu



 Requirements for MANE nursing program

 10 hours of service learning required each semester (30 total for the program requirement) 

  • NURS 2750 10 hours of service learning; sites chosen from the 2750 pre-approved sites (below).
  • NURS 2800 10 hours of service learning; sites chosen from the 2800 pre-approved sites (below).
  • NURS 2950 10 hours of service learning, sites chosen from the 2950 pre-approved sites (below).

Please be aware of the following changes to your Service Learning requirements:

  1. The Service Learning hours must occur during the semester, not before or between, and not during summer or winter break.
  2. Service Learning hours may NOT be carried over from one semester to another.
  3. The Service Learning opportunities will be communicated through the Service Learning web site.
  4. Service Learning sites may be chosen from the list below, no exceptions.
  5. Time spent orienting to the service learning site does not count for hours.
  6. The Service Learning contract MUST be completed BEFORE beginning hours at the site.
  7. Not meeting this requirement will result in an incomplete for the course. If you must repeat a course where Service Learning is required, you must also repeat the hours and all assignments in the repeating semester. Hours and assignments do not carry over between semesters.

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Service Learning Procedure:

  1. Choose from the following approved partners (listed below by course) and schedule your hours with them. Each site may have a different process, so please follow the Volunteer information on their websites to complete their requirements (may potentially include applications, background checks, informational interviews, or orientations). Be aware that some community partners may have a longer time commitment than is required for the course.
  2. Once you've scheduled your Service Learning experience with the site, notify Katie Butler at kbutler@nhcc.edu by completing a Liability Form. Liability contract link: NHCC Nursing Liability form. This MUST be done before you begin your hours at the location.
  3. Complete the hours at that location
  4. Community partner will enter your hours (see Hours Documentation) after completion. Do not contact the sites about entering your hours.

We recommend beginning site orientation and scheduling service learning hours within the first few weeks of the course. Complete these hours earlier in the semester to save yourself the hassle of rushing to get the hours in at the last minute! The majority of hours should be completed prior to midterm; all hours are due week twelve of each course.

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Hours Documentation

 All community partners have an account with the college and will record your hours utilizing the web based reporting system (except Second Harvest, in which case you will need to secure their paper volunteer verification form).

Notifying Katie Butler (kbutler@nhcc.edu) begins a work flow that ensures your hours are documented. Additionally, it is a good idea to print an activity log from the Service Learning main page and keep your own records. If you do not notify Katie of your scheduled hours, the site will be unable to document your hours, and they may be void.  Please be aware that Service Learning hours may take a month or so to be uploaded, depending on the site and their procedure.   If your hours have not been uploaded, please contact Katie and she will contact the site.

Do not contact the site directly about missing hours.

Students may verify their hours by following this link: Verify Service Learning Hours

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Getting Started

  1. Review your course assignment and requirements.
  2. Complete a liability contract.
  3. Select a site from the list available for your course and follow the site directions to schedule hours.
  4. Contact Katie Butler (kbutler@nhcc.edu) and she will begin the process of hours documentation.
  5. Complete the service learning hours.

It is your responsibility to follow up with your sites to schedule your hours. Please ensure that future NHCC students will be valued and desired by our community partners. If you schedule hours, you must complete them or notify the site of any issues. Students will receive a PCRF if they fail to show for their scheduled hours.

If you have a suggestion for future service learning sites, feel free to email it to NursingSL@nhcc.edu with written documentation of your rationale, reasons and what you are proposing as a potential alternative. Your proposal will be considered and reviewed by the Nursing Department for future semesters.

You may not complete hours at a location that you are employed, even if that is an approved site.

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