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Graduate Nursing Students

Clinical placements at Gundersen give you the opportunity to grow, learn and make a difference in the nursing field.

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Customize your experience

Whether you’re eager to advance your clinical practice or dive deeper into evidence-based practice, you can customize your learning at Gundersen. You’ll find boundless opportunities to gain hands-on practice, interact with different patient populations and make an impact on your community. 

Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) opportunities

We offer opportunities in acute, primary and specialty care to train future nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. Working alongside preceptors who are passionate about helping you achieve your goals, you’ll gain hands-on experience treating diverse patient populations in our state-of-the-art teaching hospital, clinics and rural settings. We’ll work with your institution to satisfy requirements, giving you a personalized clinical experience.

Advanced degree (MSN, DNP, PhD) opportunities

Whether you are pursuing an advanced nursing education degree, a leadership degree, an informatics degree or a Clinical Nurse Leader certificate, our clinical experiences are designed to support your professional objectives.


Depending on your program requirements:

  • You might identify a clinical issue and develop a teaching and learning plan that incorporates adult learning principles.
  • You may plan and deliver high-fidelity simulation to promote critical thinking and hands-on practice with high-risk, low frequency skills.

Leadership/management/nurse executive 

  • You’ll grow into a transformational leader focused on process improvement and change management by working with nurse leaders at Gundersen to impact change.


  • You’ll collaborate with leaders across Gundersen to co-create informatics solutions to solve real-world problems.
  • You'll elevate the voice of nurses and create technology workflows that help nurses deliver superior patient care.

Clinical Nurse Leader 

  • You'll collaborate with staff nurses to plan care for complex patients.
  • You'll implement evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes in a microsystem. 

Nursing careers at Gundersen

We lead with heart. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of nursing leaders pursue excellence and grow into their healthcare careers.

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Research and capstone project

Do you have a passion for improving patient safety, delivering care or improving healthcare outcomes? Our Nursing Research team is here to help. Whether you’re working on a research project, quality improvement project or evidence-based student project, we'll guide you through the process. We’ll ensure that your project idea is in line with the organization's goals, mission and priorities. The Nursing Research team will work with you to analyze your results and assist with dissemination of your project findings through poster presentation or publication in a journal. If you have questions related to the project process, please email [email protected].

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Undergraduate nursing programs

Learning and innovating are at the heart of everything we do at Gundersen. We strive to help our nursing students grow and develop by giving them the tools and experiences they need to be successful in their nursing careers. During your clinical rotation, you’ll have the chance to practice practical nursing skills and care for patients under the guidance of your nursing preceptor during your clinical rotation. To get involved, talk to a program administrator at your college and see if your institution offers placement at Gundersen.

Gundersen’s pathway from student to long-term career success begins with exceptional clinical experience that leads to our nurse intern and transition to practice (nurse residency) programs. These programs are designed to prepare you for a successful career. After your clinical rotation, consider:

Gundersen takes pride in higher education and supports the growth and experience for those that are completing their education requirements. My favorite part of having clinicals at Gundersen is the endless possibilities of experiences, hands-on learning, communication with many interdisciplinary teams, and being a part of program development.
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What sets us apart

Life at Gundersen

Around here, loving your job is part of the job. We're a community of caregivers, committed to the health and wellbeing of all.

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Our integrated system

While we call La Crosse home, our physician-led, integrated system spans 7 hospitals and 65 clinics in neighboring communities.

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We’re here to answer your questions. 

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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