I recently finished my pre-reqs and hope to be starting nursing school in January (assuming that I get in! knock on wood!). I don't currently work in a hospital or patient care setting, but I am really interested in shadowing a nurse for a day or part of a day to see first hand the things that you do on a 'typical' day. Has anyone else out there done this? Is it encouraged, or would I just be annoying a busy nurse by tagging along with him/her all day? The school I want to go to didn't have good information on this, they told me to try local hospitals. What department of the hospital would handle this? I'm worried that since I'm not even a nursing student yet that they might be skeptical of me.
I'm in the Seattle area, so if any of you seasoned nurses in the Puget Sound area would be willing to have a shadow for the day, let me know!
Feel free to send me a PM.
Any hints on this process would be greatly appreciated!
Sep 30, '02
There is a forum for nursing students and their issues on this BB. Perhaps some fellow students can provide you with info on what worked, or didn't work, for them.
Last edit by sjoe on Sep 30, '02
Sep 30, '02
Give the nursing office at the VA a call there in Seattle! I did a contract there, and there were several nursing students, and even though who were just considerisng nursing who came thru to shadow. Also I would give Group Health a call, especially their hospital in Redmond! Both are great for letting people shadow nurses. The VA even has a summer program for high school students, and the students and the staff loved it! I met some very sweet young people there, and loved seeing thrm come in on the weekends. In fact one student is now in nursing school, and was hired directly in, as a tech, and given a schedule that worked around his school hours. Before I left, and he graduated from high school...we all gave him a party on the unit, and purchased his first stetoscope...gold plated..along with new scrubs
...to keep him looking sharp..
! If you need some names to contact...just let me know..
Last edit by Brownms46 on Sep 30, '02