Job shadowing in Victoria, BC area

  1. Hi all

    I'm a pre-nursing student on a waitlist for the 4 year RN program. I'm switching careers so it's a big (and a little scary) step! I'd like to see a day in the life of a Nurse and what the work environment is like; also the different kinds of nursing. For those Nurses working in the Victoria area, are there job shadowing opportunities? Maybe at Jubilee or Vic General Hospital or other places that may offer this? Are there volunteer opportunities aswell?

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  3. by   Fiona59
    In nearly a decade of Canadian nursing, I've never seen a "job shadow". It seems to be more of an American thing. Even on take your kid to work day our children aren't allowed to "shadow" us on the floors. They get guided tours of the facility and speakers from each of the professions.
  4. by   RN_waitlister
    Oh ok, good to know. I wonder if there is another way to get a feel for what it's like to be a Nurse? If being in the hospital to observe in some way isn't an option, are there any good documentaries that might be useful? I'm reading a book called "Nurse" right now which is quite good and base on real experiences. If anyone else has some ideas, feel free to share.

  5. by   elf20
    in vancouver, there are many opportunities to observe the nurse's work first hand at a hospital.
    i think vch and providence provides volunteer positions in many areas like emergency, clinics and such.
    do some research i'm sure you'll find something!
  6. by   RN_waitlister
    Hi thanks for the tips, I'll have to look into Vancouver hospitals too! I've actually found a volunteer opportunity at Victoria General Hospital so I'm starting the process to do that. And my brother is a paramedic in Vancouver, so I'm going to do a ride along with him just to get a different experience in the medical field. Should be interesting!