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  1. I am currently in nursing school, and I was wondering if it is a good idea for someome to get a Nurse enternship job making less money an hour or stay with what I am doing now. I only work 13 hours a week. It would be about 2.50 Less. I just didn't know if I should do it just for the experience. Thank Michele
    Last edit by michw2 on Apr 17, '04
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Not sure what type of work that you are doing now, but I can definitely say that a nurse internship will definitely give you alot of experience and be quite helpful when it comes time to doing your clinicals in school.

    Good luck with your new career.
  4. by   redwinggirlie
    Perhaps you can do both! Be well!
  5. by   Stitchie
    I worked thru school as a critical care tech and ER tech, and it paid off big time when it came to confidene and knowing what to do in a crisis.

    Case in point: During one of my very first shifts as an ED tech in a level 1, ambulance brought in a fifty-something man with new onset seizures. Well, I had only seen the "soap opera seizures" so nothing prepared me for what was going on with this guy. we literally got him on the cart and he started seizing again. Since we just covered this in school, I figured, no problem, I can handle it.

    Well, i froze like a deer in headlights. Stuck. useless. Planted. I would have fired me.

    Now I work in ED, and I had a terminally ill patient w/brain mets come in because of increased seizure activity. She was so sweet, but with horrible veins because of the dexamethosone. I was drawing her blood (like 7th stick because her veins kept blowing) and wouldn't you know it, she started to seize.

    Cried out, classic Jacksonian march seizure, focal to the left hand (the one with the needle in it!!) with 'marched' up the arm and became a full blown tonic-clonic seizure. I undid the tourniquet, pulled out the needle, and called for help all at the same time.

    Well, this time, no 'planted' for me. Got the charge nurse to bring me Ativan, got the resident in there, someone else got suction and slapped the non-rebreather on her. The seizure passed in a few minutes and she was properly postictal.

    The moral of the story? Get any, all, every experience you can. You will find out what you love and what you loathe. You will be a better nurse with more insight. I love ED nursing. I can't imagine doing anything else now.

    I wouldn't change a thing about working while in school. It was the best confidence builder I could have found.
  6. by   FROGGYLEGS
    I would think that the experience of working as a nurse extern will benefit you when you start interviewing for nursing positions. I took a job as a nurses aid in school for that reason alone. In nursing school we never had too much of a patient load, but working as an aid gave me a small bit of experience in working with a heavy patient load. I remember the lady asking me about experience and talking to me in detail about working as an aid during my first interview. They seemed to view the experience as an aid in a positive light. I think that any experience you can get in healthcare will be a boost for you when you do begin looking for your first job as a nurse because a lot of new graduates only have school clinicals as experience. I also think that working as an aid helped me to make the transition from the small patient load in school to the bigger responsibility of working as a nurse.

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