1. Hi,

    I am currently taking my prereqs before nursing school starts in Jan 2004. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to "shadow" a RN before entering clinicals.? I am currently in the Boston Area
    Please Help

    Much thanks!


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  3. by   Rena RN 2003
    i don't know about your area, but in the cincinnati area all we have to do is call either a human resources or an education coordinator and they will arrange for us to shadow whatever department we wish.

    so far, i've shadowed ER (several times) and NICU (once). i have a break coming up and i'm going to try and shadow in the ICU (where i want to go after graduation).

    just give the hospital a call. chances seem to be better if it's a teaching hospital also.
  4. by   susanmary
    Send a letter to the human resources department requesting to job shadow in whatever departments that interest you. I'd include a resume and several letter of references. Then follow up with the human resource representative by phone. Follow through -- I'm sure they would be happy to accommodate you. Also, I'm sure your college can arrange for you to job shadow -- check with your advisor. Shadowing is a great way to get a snapshot picture of nursing -- remember it is only a "snapshot" & your experience will be reflective of whatever is going on in the unit on that particular day. I'd recommend shadowing several times in any area you are interested in -- possibly do it on different shifts. Good luck.

    I STRONGLY recommend job shadowing to any student nurse interested in learning more about a specific nursing area. Also, it is a great way to make contacts.
    Thank you so much for the information.. I will follow your suggestions.

  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    welcome and all the best to you.
    I got to shadow last Saturday. I called the Director of Nursing. It was awesome
  8. by   Nurse K-Bear
    you could always work as a nurse extern or nursing assistant to get experience as well.
  9. by   natsfanrn
    One of our local hospitals offers nurse mentors to nursing students. You sign up, and they assign you a mentor whom you can shadow whenever you want. They're also available to help out with any questions, offer career advice, meet for lunches, etc. I'll probably sign up when I officially start the program in May...