RIH/Hasbro Critical Care Internships: - page 2

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I was just wondering if anyone has any information about the Critical Care Internships offered for new grads at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's? First priority is given to students who work there, do any external... Read More


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    I thought I'd give a little update to this post.

    I did a little investigating and found out that this year there were 8 positions open and they interviewed somewhere between 120 - 140 applicants. Out of the 8 new nurses, all 8 had a Bachelor's degree and at least 4 of them were Lifespan employees who had worked as a CNA or SNA (but I think it was more then that.) This is speaking to the new trend that many large hospitals in other major cities are not hiring nurses with less than a bachelors degree (look at positions in Boston and New York as evidence of this.) I have nothing against Associate's degree nurses by the way (I was going to be one myself) but it just means that as much of a nursing shortage as we have, its still not easy to find a job out there so you need to do everything you can to make yourself marketable and competitive.

    !Chris
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    Hi Chris.

    That kinda sucks that you have to have a BSN. I'm going for my ASN and this alone will be taking me about 5 years... I don't want to spend more time to start working. I would like to eventually get the BSN but I want to start with this first.
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    Hey!
    I was just wondering if i would have a chance at the internship? I am from Minnesota, and I am currently going to SDSU in brookings, SD. I will be graduating next may with my BSN. I would like to apply because my finace recently got an internship at a golf course located near Providence. Any information would be helpful! Thanks!
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    Hey!
    I was just wondering if i would have a chance at the internship? I am from Minnesota, and I am currently going to SDSU in brookings, SD. I will be graduating next may with my BSN. I would like to apply because my finace recently got an internship at a golf course located near Providence. Any information would be helpful! Thanks!
    We had a guest speaker at my school last week who told us that when he applied in May for this internship, there were over 200 applicants. I would think that RI residents would take precedence over out of states, just due to the increased likelihood of actually staying/working in the state.
    I am also graduating next May with a BSN and I know of many people who will be applying for this internship. I guess it can't hurt to apply, but with all of the RI BSN grads every year, I think your chances would be slim. The job market in RI is horrible.
    Not trying to be debbie downer here, just giving you the facts! Good luck with your job applications and upcoming graduation!
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    Thank you for your thoughts! Any information helps!
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    Hi there, I am also graduating with my BSN in May from the University of Michigan and plan to apply to the RI internship. I am bummed to hear all this news but am trying to keep my head up and hope for the best. Did the guest speaker give advice on what should be emphasized in your resume and cover letters? Clinical hours etc? Thanks for your help.
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    Hi there, I am also graduating with my BSN in May from the University of Michigan and plan to apply to the RI internship. I am bummed to hear all this news but am trying to keep my head up and hope for the best. Did the guest speaker give advice on what should be emphasized in your resume and cover letters? Clinical hours etc? Thanks for your help.
    I go to the same school as RhodyGirl (my buddy Lauren) and although I didn't hear this particular speaker I have talked to the woman that is in charge of the internship because I am applying for it myself. Lauren is absolutely right that it is very very competitive and because over 100 people applied for it last time around more people will be expecting to apply for it in the future. From what the woman told me you need to have been a CNA/NSA before you apply for the position, you need to have a really solid GPA and good recommendation letters and most likely they will be taking mostly (if not only) BSN gradates. I did ask what I could do to strengthen my application and she said that working for a Lifespan hospitals as a CNA/NSA is the best anyone could do to look really strong for the committee. So I'm going to have to agree with Lauren that an out of state applicant is probably going to have a really tough time but it never hurts to apply.

    !Chris
    Last edit by cjcsoon2brn on Mar 10, '10
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    Hi again,

    I actually just got off the phone with a nurse recruiter who provided me with some excellent information. Last year there were 135 applicants and they took 20, about half were from around the country. So you out of staters don't be discouraged! A good strong cover letter is very beneficial as well as letters of recommendation. Good luck all!
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    Good point, Chris.....the guest speaker did say that working for lifespan as a CNA is your best way to get into this internship. Of course they are going to encourage applicants from any state, but Rhode Islanders and grads of RI nursing schools (particularly BSN) are going to take precedence over an out of state application, I can guarantee it.
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    I'm just saying it doesn't hurt to apply. I'm pretty confident I have a shot, graduating with a BSN from the University of Michigan. But I am also keeping my options open. All I know is I want to get out of Michigan and see what else is out there. Sending my app in tomorrow! Good luck everyone.
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