Does a new nurse, a GN or one who has passesd the NCLEX have to do an internship?
I have noticed that all the internships require a commitmment to the hospital of one to 2 years.
Here is my situation. I am trying to decide between two schools
Barnes-Jewish Hospital college in St louis and Northlake college in Dallas. I have attended Northlake and El Centro so I know what to expect in Dallas. The program will take 2 years. Barnes-Jewish offers many of the nursing classes in 8-week segments. After speaking to an advisor because I have all but one of the support courses, I can probably be done with the program in 10-12 months.
Here is the sticky part. After I am done with my nursing studies, I only want to work part-time. I want to go back to school to finish up another degree not related to nursing. I am certain that I will do this in Dallas, since that is where my heart is.
I do not object to post-grad training. I know the Dallas hospitals are great, but Barnes-Jewish also have some great internships that I think I would enjoy. I would just hate to be dishonest and start an internship when I know I don't want a full time commitment.
Have any of you heard of new grad's not doing an internship? Any training programs that do not require an a job commitment? How much would the hspital "ding' you if you do an internship, but decide not to stay? Anyone done this?