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This is a discussion on volunteering in NYC hospitals in New York Nursing, part of United States Nursing ... Like many on here I have found it impossible to find work as a relatively new grad in a hospital. ...by RNBean Aug 28, '12Like many on here I have found it impossible to find work as a relatively new grad in a hospital. Although I have a B.S in another field I am going back to school this fall (online) to complete my BSN. It has been suggested to volunteer in local hospitals and I was just wondering if any one can shed some light on what it's like. As a volunteer do you get to hone any actual nursing skills? Any input is welcome, thanks!
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- Aug 28, '12 by coast2coastRNit's helped my nursing skills from observation. through this, i got more familiar with certain procedures and so felt a little bit more confident than if i hadn't seen the procedure before at all. i have volunteered at a med surg floor before nursing school and it helped me be less "afraid" during my clinicals. then after nursing school i got to volunteer at a ICU which was amazing.
as a vounteer there are certain limitations hospitals need to impose when it comes to patient care, since we are not paid employees. which is why i said only through observation do you get to ehance your skills. do network though when you volunteer at hospitals. it helped me secure an interview at the hospital where i volunteered.