Has anybody in this forum been in either of these two programs (RIH student associate/Miriam Nurse Intern)?
If so, could you please share a little about your experience.
I am considering both of these programs, so any inside information would be much appreciated. I'm at CCRI, so apparently I wouldn't qualify for Advanced Collegiate Nurse Internship Program.
A little birdy told me that @ RI Hospital it is mostly routine CNA work while Miriam tends to teach more. Any takes on that?
Is it true that RI Hospital requires 40 hours minimum per month?
Also, slightly off the topic: does miriam have a new graduate ICU training program? They are awfully vague on their website.
I am just finishing an internship at Miriam. It was a great experience. You are assigned a precepting nurse. Normally, it is a reciprocal arrangement. The precepting nurse does teaching and you in turn help out with physical care, etc. Miriam only requires sixteen hours a month to maintain status as a Collegiate Nurse Intern but you are only allowed to work 16 hours a week max. You are designated to a unit but you also have the opportunity to float around the hospital and try different areas: ER, CCU, ICU, Hem-Onc, ortho, etc. They also have a specific internship available in the OR. On the other hand, Rhode Island Hospital's Student Nurse Associate (SNA) does require 40 hours per month and you can work up to 40 hours per week. My understanding is that there is no formal teaching and that you pretty much work as a CNA. RIH stresses that they look at their student nurse associates first when considering applicants for their New Grad Critical Care Internship Program. Miriam does not have such a program and getting hired into their critical care areas as a new grad is becoming very difficult. My advice is that if you have your heart set on critical care to go to RIH for your internship. I also know people who have done a semester internship at Miriam and then switched to RIH (you are not allowed to do both at the same time). Good luck!!
Last edit by Rockit on Nov 28, '08
: Reason: missed a word, more info