What is a teaching hospital?

  1. Okay, I am sorry if this is an increadibly obvious or easy thing to answer! I am a pre-nursing student and I have seen this being referred to quite a bit, so I was just curious what it is. I wouldn't want to start a whole new thread on this but I couldn't find it anywhere, and I did a search for it but didn't find anything. So if someone can explain to me what it is, and what the benefits of working there are, that would be great! Thank you so much!
    (Once again sorry if this is really obvious, or something like "a hospital where they teach at!" I was thinking that, but I thought they did that at all hospitals?)
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    pre-nursing student

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  3. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from slou!
    Okay, I am sorry if this is an increadibly obvious or easy thing to answer! I am a pre-nursing student and I have seen this being referred to quite a bit, so I was just curious what it is. I wouldn't want to start a whole new thread on this but I couldn't find it anywhere, and I did a search for it but didn't find anything. So if someone can explain to me what it is, and what the benefits of working there are, that would be great! Thank you so much!
    (Once again sorry if this is really obvious, or something like "a hospital where they teach at!" I was thinking that, but I thought they did that at all hospitals?)
    It is a hospital associated with a medical school where medical students do their clinical rotations and new MDs gain experience as interns and residents.
  4. by   slou!
    Ah ok, I did think that was all hospitals that did this. So it was pretty obvious!
    So why is it beneficial to work at one of these hospitals? I mean I don't see how it could be bad, but why is it looked upon in a good way? I always see people talking about it like it is very good to work at a teaching hospital. I'm not saying it's bad, because I didn't even know what it was 5 minutes ago, just wondering why it is good
    Thanks again for answering!
  5. by   mom23RN
    There are actually many hospitals that don't do teaching. They don't have residents or interns at all. Not a stupid question at all though!

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