Urgent care insight/ favortism in nursing school

  1. I am a nursing student going into my senior year and I was fortunate enough to get accepted into a paid internship over the summer. There were so many awesome spots available in the hospital like in the ER, cardiac floors, ICU, urology/nephrology, etc. and I got placed in an the only outpatient urgent care center...I am honestly so defeated because the instructor emailed us and asked what we preferred and I was the first to reply. When we met as a group it was clear most students had experience with this instructor so I felt kind of cheated. I could really use some insight into the urgent care setting as a nurse because right now all I feel is that I'm wasting this opportunity on a very narrow scope of practice this summer.

    Thank you everyone in advance
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  3. by   Triddin
    I'd advise to keep a positive attitude and do your best. It's still nursing experience and i bet you'll still learn a lot. You're getting paid. Doesn't sound like a waste of a summer to me. One specialty of nursing isn't better than another. They all require a unique skill set
  4. by   Wuzzie
    Are you kidding?!! You're going to see everything! You will learn time management skills and how to quickly assess patients. You'll expand your critical thinking abilities and get to watch/do procedures. You'll see patients from infants to old people. It will be fast paced and you never know what each shift will bring. You need to open up your mind. You can make this be an amazing experience or you can wallow in sour grapes and be miserable. I advise that you choose the former. I guarantee you they assigned you this because they thought it would be a good fit for you. It has nothing to do with favoritism and honestly waving that flag isn't going to garner much sympathy for you here. So put away your tissues and start looking at this as the tremendous learning experience that it will be.
    Last edit by sirI on May 31 : Reason: per OP request
  5. by   vanilla bean
    Quote from Wuzzie
    Are you kidding?!! You're going to see everything! You will learn time management skills and how to quickly assess patients. You'll expand your critical thinking abilities and get to watch/do procedures. You'll see patients from infants to old people. It will be fast paced and you never know what each shift will bring. You need to open up your mind. You can make this be an amazing experience or you can wallow in sour grapes and be miserable. I advise that you choose the latter. I guarantee you they assigned you this because they thought it would be a good fit for you. It has nothing to do with favoritism and honestly waving that flag isn't going to garner much sympathy for you here. So put away your tissues and start looking at this as the tremendous learning experience that it will be.
    LOVE this reply, Wuzzie. OP, I hope you take Wuzzie's advice seriously, you've been presented with an amazing opportunity if you can change your attitude. You will get out only as much as you put in to every opportunity in life and this is a good one.
  6. by   Rnemery
    Honestly you're so right. I was researching for my learning objectives and came across people saying negative things about that setting and had lil unwarranted pity party for myself! The experience will be what I make of it and the nurses I met already were so welcoming. Thanks everyone I needed some perspective.
  7. by   nursel56
    Best wishes to you! Unfortunately, there are people out there (who usually have no experience themselves) who want to impose a pecking order on specialties in nursing, sometimes with the specialty also deemed to be "not real nursing". Pay no attention to it!
  8. by   inthecosmos
    You have an awesome experience ahead of you!
  9. by   Tenebrae
    One of my most favourite placements was in an outpatient care centre and it was the best experience ever.

    By the end of my placement my preceptor had me leading my own nurse consultations, (under supervision) I was doing IVs, wounds, injections, and my preceptor allowed me to practice cannulation on her (an opportunity none of my classmates got)

    Placements can be as good as you choose to make them. I would look at this as an amazing learning opportunity where you have the potential to learn heaps. Be keen and eager and willing to take on the basic jobs and you would be surprised at what opportunities come your way.
  10. by   direw0lf
    When I had my internship last summer I requested the largest hospital. I got the smallest. I requested the ICU, ED, pediatrics, tele. I got an ortho/bariatric med-surg floor. I made myself think "make the best out of this anyway" and you know what? It was the best place I could be. Other students who got the "preferred" units and hospitals did not get an equal experience as me. I was allowed to perform more skills under the preceptor's watch and guidance and the surgeons even took time to teach me things and allowed me to ask questions. So maybe this placement will be a pleasant surprise for you too. You are there regardless...make the best of it.
  11. by   TruvyNurse
    This is a huge plus!!! My first NP clinicals were in urgent care. I learned SO MUCH and saw a little of everything. And you're getting PAID!
  12. by   futurexrn
    What a fantastic response, Wuzzie!!

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