It seems like about 7/8ths of my class are either working as PCTs or are in a nurse externship position this summer. I have applied at a few hospitals (who never even acknowledged my attempts) but have not been too serious in trying to get into a position like this because I currently work at a daycare, which I love. Is is really beneficial so much that it's a necessity that I try and do this? I feel left out, like I'm going to be behind everyone else when the time comes. I am taking 2 classes this summer and planned on working 38 hours a week at the daycare. Obviously that wouldn't work if I did something like this. Are the majority of you doing externships and working in the hospital as well? I realize it's great experience that is well-needed, but at the same time I keep telling myself that I love my job now and I don't want to leave, and once I'm done school I will be working in nursing for the rest of my life so why start already? I don't know... Just another thing driving me insane at the moment
May 5, '04
You will see that in general, students who work in facilities just seem to get it. You can hear them in report. They know what to focus on and how to communicate. They're more comfortable around patients and nursing staff. Their confidence is higher and the technical skills are better because they're practiced. They see more and get more learning opportunities because the nursing staff is eager to show the ropes to students. To be sure you can tell the difference between the ones who work in the field and those who don't.
I edited this to add that beyond school a couple of years out, I wonder if it really matters. Enjoy life.
Last edit by wonderbee on May 5, '04