UC Irvine Health Affairs

Bridges to Excellence

Nursing Quality, Research, and Education


Each visit of 4, 8, or 12 hours includes one hour to complete the evaluation and exemplar.  C.E. credit is based on one CEU for every three hours spent in the visiting unit and one CEU for completing the exemplar, i.e., an 8 hour experience would be 7 hours with your mentor and 1 hour for writing the exemplar and evaluation for a total of 3.3 CEU's.

In order to meet the requirements for 4, 8, or 12 hours of continuing education time during your Bridges to Excellence experience, you must: 

  • Have worked on your unit a minimum of one year before applying for the Bridges to Excellence program
  • Complete Intent to Visit and Request Approval form
    • Obtain visiting manager approval
  • Submit a copy of your Intent to Visit form to:
  • Contact your mentor to discuss the goals and objectives you wish to experience while visiting the unit.
  • Report to the unit wearing professional attire, team up with your mentor at the arranged time, and experience your Bridge to Excellence!

After your visit, complete the following:

  • Course Roster
    • Be sure you select the appropriate course roster to reflect the actual number of hours you visited (4, 8, or 12 hours) Each visit (shift) is treated as a separate event 
  • Exemplar
    • Short 1-2 page exemplar on your experiences 
    • Discuss a procedure and/or equipment used in the clinical area that was a new experience for you
    • Evaluate how patient care differed from your home unit
    • Identify the care delivery model used in this clinical setting
    • Identify at least two nursing challenges in this clinical area
    • How your personal objectives were met. Discuss one patient's care you observed and include age, diagnosis, treatments, medications and psychosocial needs.  See handout on  "Writing an Exemplar"
      • An exemplar is a story of a real patient told to illustrate an RN's practice. The exemplar is written in the first person and describes in detail a particular clinical situation that includes the nurse's thoughts, feelings, intentions, actions, critical thinking and decision-making process. 
      • The exemplar is an opportunity to explore the richness of an individual RN's practice and experience. It shows how the RN uses his or her knowledge, experience, skills and personal resources in the care of an individual patient and/or family.
  • Evaluation 
    • Complete the online evaluation
  • The information you provide will be used for program improvement, research, and publishing.