Quote from newbienurse2010
Thank you for reply. Do you know when the next internship should be? I would really really love to go through an internship. I believe it is the way to go to start a nursing career. Any tips to get accepted? I truly truly appreciate your reply. I have been discouraged by many to go through an internship.
I"m also curious to know why some people have discouraged you from pursuing an internship program. If I had it to do all over again, I would still go through an Internship. The program that I'm in now is absolutely priceless. I've interned on 3 different cardiac floors and have learned sooo much. I've also taken classes regarding various Cardiac issues...these classes have covered topics that were barely covered (or not at all) during nursing school. Most teaching hospitals have Internships (I think alot of non-teaching hospitals also have them). I'm not sure when the next Internship class begins (I think there might be a group that starts in May and in August...however, I believe they've stopped interviewing for those tracks). When in doubt, just call HR.
Again, I would highly recommend going through an Internship program...The support that these types of prgrams provide new grads can really make a huge difference in the difficult transition from nursing student to new grad Nurse. The pros greatly outweigh the cons ; )
**As far as advice for getting into a program--I sought advice from a professional in putting my resume together. I also made sure that during my senior year I attended conferences that were geared toward my area of interest (Cardiac Nursing). I also put together a portfolio that included letters of reference from Nurse Managers and Clinical Instructors, special presentations, papers, my best care plans
from throughout my nursing school experience. I then had Kinkos bind it up...the finished product looked great. The Nurse Managers that I interviewed with loved it.