Teaching hospital or non-teaching hospital? - page 2
I would like to get your opinion as to what are the advantages and disadvantages of working in a teaching hospital and a non-teaching hospital. If you were to choose, would you prefer to work in a... Read More
Jan 1, '07Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 48; Likes: 1It seems that everyone considers the teaching hospital as a more favorable workplace than a non-teaching hospital.
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Jan 1, '07Occupation: Nurse Specialty: Neuro, Critical Care ; Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 1,562; Likes: 112teaching hospitals are generally the level 1 traumas as well and that is exactly where I want to be!
Jan 2, '07Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Emergency ; From: CA ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 558; Likes: 109I was actually just reading a similar thread/topic on another website. For getting the best ER/ICU experience for going into Flight Nursing, the poster felt that teaching hospitals are not the best place to learn. Actually, I'll just post a portion of his comments--the whole thread can be found here.
"You will find that the worst ER to work in is a teaching ER. Residents, interns etc will be involved and doing all the difficult cases and you will be a 'charter'. Both the ICU and ER in hospitals without residents or interns will provide you with a much better learning experience. Why? Well it has to do with resource allocation. In many teaching facilities RNs have little autonomy as there is always a resident to call and it is encouraged so they can learn. In a hospital without residents, RNs take on a much more autonomous role by necessity in both the ER and ICU."
I'm still a nursing student, so I have no personal experience to compare the two, but I thought this poster brought up a good point. I'd be interested to hear from ER/ICU nurses about how they feel about this.