I am an LPN, less than 1yr experience. The thought of working in a hospital setting scares me to death. This is the main thing that is holding me back from wanting to get my RN. My question is, is their a type of program or training program that would allow you to follow a nurse around in a hospital (kind of like in your clinicals in nursing program), without working there in the future (not orientation) in TN. I just didn't feel that we got enough clinical time in LPN school to really know what it's all about out there in the real world of nursing. Thanks.
Aug 26, '06
You could call the hospital and ask if they have shadowing opportunities...
Aug 27, '06
some hospitals offer a summer Nurse Externship program, however, it's usually a program for nursing students who are in their last year of nursing school. I just finished my externship program and worked 40 hours a week shadowing, helping my mentor and doing my own progress notes/assessments/etc for 2 months in a med/surg floor. i must say, it was a great experience....i feel a lot more confident in my skills, i gained familiarity with various treatment modalities, and see how an RN deals with patients, families, and other healthcare teams.