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What is the best process for obtaining a position in a Children's Hospital? After you obtain your RN, do you attend more training sessions somewhere? Thanks alot for your advice!
Also, when you intern at a hospital is it a paid internship?
The best way to get a job at ANY hospital, in my opinion, is to get a job there during nursing school as a nursing assistant or patient care tech. That way you already have your foot in the door and are an employee, plus you have a relationship with the nurse manager, etc.
If you are doing the internship as a course for school (many students have a final "preceptorship" right before graduation where they work 1:1 with a nurse) then that isn't paid as it's for school. But if you do an externship the summer before your senior year in nursing school, that is separate and is paid. Or if you have already graduated, "internship" is kind of a fancy way of saying "long orientation" - but you're an employee at that point and of course will get paid. It's not the same kind of internship that a doctor does.
Your first job should teach you all that you need to know. If there are additional classes needed (like advanced life support, EKG reading, etc.) then the hospital will provide that for you or send you elsewhere for the classes. They'll let you know what needs to be done and when.