Stanford Health Care (SHC) is consistently ranked as one of the best
hospitals in the United States by US News and World Report.
As a primary teaching hospital, SHC facilitates an optimal learning
experience for the public to benefit the community.
Nursing observational visitor program provides an observational
opportunity for individuals who are interested in nursing.
This observational visit will help visitors determine if nursing is
an appropriate career choice and contribute to the knowledge and
supply of healthcare professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Visitor program
Can I request to join this program at any time?
Yes. However, during seasonal influenza (November 1
-March 31), observational visitors will be limited or
restricted, depending on the Center for Disease Control flu
surveillance reports (center for Disease Control & Prevention, 2014).
SHC reserve the right to limit or restrict observational visitors
during Union strike or epidemic seasons.
I’m from another agency or institution and would like to do
preceptorship or research project, is this the right program for me?
No. For licensed individuals coming to SHC for the purpose of
being involved in any aspect of healthcare services, please contact
Visiting Professional Program.
“I saw surgeries being performed in front of my eyes. It was
awesome. It helped me get more experience in the fields I’m
interested in. Now, I know what interests me and what doesn’t.”
Andy, DeAnza College student
“Nursing has a huge impact on patient care. I wasn’t very aware
of this! This experience has opened my mind to consider nursing as
a career option.”
Stephan, DeAnza College student
“I learned how doctors /nurses interact with patients. The
standards that Stanford holds to. I got to see how nice everyone
is. It is amazing how it all comes together and flows smoothly. It
made me love the environment of the hospital even more.”
“Everything was so cool! It gave me a real look inside an actual
hospital which helped me see how everything works. I would love to
do it again!”
If you are interested in an Observational Visit experience at
Stanford Health Care, please submit your request with a couple dates
and your visit objective in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please put "OBV request" on the subject line).
Please submit your request 2-3 months in advance and note that that these visits
usuallylast up to 4 hours.