In the school I work in, we have a heavy emphasis on careers and as a result, many high school age students are placed as "career interns" and they are supposed to get a glimpse of medical careers, nursing careers etc. Are any of you seeing this in your communities? What do you see as the pros? Obviously people may have a better idea of the realities of what they are getting into. Others? Cons?
One of the concerns we've had with even our own career interns following our own staff around is confidentiality. A career intern in my school last year was following a SRS social worker around and that SW made the judgement to take her into the room on a child sexual abuse interview at a school
How would you feel about your teen child being exposed to this? How would you feel about a young child being asked to disclose this in front of a teen who may or may not understand WELL about confidentiality. You will be relieved to know that we all agreed that this was an inappropriate experience for a teen intern but their are a thousand shades of gray on this issue.
Do any of you work in ED's that permit parolee's and the like to do their community service work in your ED? While I think that the ED could be great, I just think none of us have the time to do the supervision and the protection of the (teen) child's best interests while we take care of patients.
Any thoughts on this one?