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- In an amazing "competitive" hospital, where I would like to work at in the future
- Location: 1 hour away, but in the area I will be moving to when I graduate
- 3 12-hour Night shifts (full-time) based on preceptor's schedule
- on a Medical stepdown unit (not ideal)
- In a good hospital, but one I will be moving away from after graduation
- About 30 minutes from me now, but I will be moving further away upon graduation
- 2 12-hr day shifts with a semi-flexible schedule (and opportunity for more unpaid hours if desired)
- Rotates through SICU and MICU (Love!)
When it comes to internships what matters more - the unit you want to work on in the future or the hospital you want to work at?
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- Apr 15, '11 by ky_grl82I am doing an internship this summer too. I would go with #1. Keep on as a prn tech after the program ends (if yours is a summer job) to keep your foot in the door if you can. I know the drive is extra but if you already have your heart set then I would go for it.
- Apr 15, '11 by SN2012Thanks for your reply! I'm not as worried about the drive, it's the Medical step-down vs ICU that I'm deliberating between in regards to the two hospitals and my desire to work in each one.
- Apr 15, '11 by cogathI had the same dilemma. My advisor told me: you can always do one or the other in your preceptorship. I choose my area of less interest and am going to save my big interest, geriatric psychiatry, for my preceptorship (Granted this is a less competitive area then ICU)
Also, I would definitely want to get paid and save on gas money
- Apr 16, '11 by SN2012That's great advice! I forgot about my senior preceptorship.
- Apr 16, '11 by Rookie12I would go with number one...making connections at the hospital you want to work at will pay off in the long run! Best of luck!
- Apr 17, '11 by NeoNurseTXI'd go with #1
- Apr 21, '11 by TheSquireApply to both - then see which one(s) turn you down. Feel lucky that there still are summer internships in your area, let alone paid ones.
- Apr 22, '11 by AvocadoloveerI would go for JOB A because in the ICU you cant really do a lot of hands on experiences.
- Apr 22, '11 by SN2012Quote from TheSquireI got accepted to both of them, and I'm trying to decide which one I should turn down.Apply to both - then see which one(s) turn you down. Feel lucky that there still are summer internships in your area, let alone paid ones.