I wanted to share with you information about a great internship opportunity I've been involved with that is available to pre-nursing or pre-med students, in the Southern California that allows you to gain hands on experience in a clinical setting. This is NOT paper shuffeling and/or answering phones.
I am talking about being a member of the patient care team. Direct patient care! I have been a volunteer through Cope Health's Clinical Care Extender program for the past 9 months. I have had a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills that will surely give me a jump start in RN school.
I live in San Diego County and ALL the programs here are all VERY IMPACTED
So anything you can do to gain experience is a huge plus and will help the time go by faster... I am developing lasting relationships with Charge Nurses, RN's, and even Doc's as I assist them at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido
(By the way on April 13, 2009 Palomar Pomerado Health obtained Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. PPH is now currently designated as the only health system in California to have received this recognition.) Just this week I saw a job posting for a patient tech position; qualifications listed a CNA, EMT, surgical tech experience OR someone that has successfully graduated from Cope health's CCE program!
So if I wanted to, I am now qualified to get a job on the floor while I'm in my RN program!
There are other hospitals in Southern California available as well. If you sign up now, you can start over the summer! The commitment is only 4 hours a week!
Orientation/interview sessions occur every three months, and the next recruitment cycle ends Saturday, May 2, 2009. You can visit the website for detailed information and for specific dates and times of our available orientation/interviews: http://copehealthsolutions.org/hwt/cce.html
To schedule an interview simply click on sign up now. When the new window opens, be sure and scroll down to PPH Escondido to set your appointment. PPH Escondido offers two hospitals of your choice; Pomerado Hospital in Poway and Palomar Medical Center in Escondido (which is North Counties only Trauma 2 center).
Good luck to everyone! I'm hoping to finally start my RN program this fall. I've been on Palomar Colleges wait list for 2 full years. I have also applied to CSUSM. I've been accepted into the University as a junior, now I'm just waiting till June when they post Nursing School acceptances.