What should I do? - page 2

I start clinicals this fall ( :hatparty: )and have options as to which area hospital to learn at. Each area hospital is known for one thing or another. So, my questions are: For a student,... Read More

  1. by   NurseAngie
    You are very wise to stick it out at Charity..... GREAT place to get major experience! I remember hearing about that hospital when I lived in Meridian, Mississippi. They were even on a tv show (don't remember name and I rarely ever tune in to tv now). They are lucky to have a good nurse like you. (I read some of your previous posts and you seem like a very wise nurse!)

    Happy Nursing~Angie
  2. by   shay
    Wow, Kristi....you're at Charity?? Dang woman......you go, girl....rock on with your bad self!!! That's a tough place to be....I gotta agree w/nurseAngie....great place to get MAJOR experience. Wow.

    Babynurse, yeah, if you can get your foot in the door at another place that's closer and will still be a good learning experience, go for it.
  3. by   NICU_Nurse
    The show was on TLC (code blue or something like that), and my unit was actually on TLC (Labor and Delivery), but that was before I was even out of school. Even so, you know I was watching every single episode, biting my nails and thinking, Oh, God, do I want to work THERE? Despite all it's drawbacks (and let's be honest, they exist!) it was one of only two hospitals in this area to even CONSIDER hiring a new grad with zero experience onto their Neonatal ICU's, and I knew right away that's where I wanted to be. It sucks in many ways (no funding will do that to a place), but it is the best place to come for a number of things, including trauma, and our neonatal unit is tops in many, many categories. In the end, those things weighed out over everything else. I love my babies!!!!!!!!! Their parents may be scary, but the babies are sweet as strawberry pie, and I wouldn't trade this job right now for anything. Even if I won't get to be on TV. ;>)
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Jun 29, '02
  4. by   NurseKitty NC
    No matter where you do your clinicals, remember that the impression you leave with the hospital can either make or break you. There were members of my clinical group who put forth extraordinary effort and were offered jobs six months before graduation. And there were others whose immaturity and unprofessionalism always seemed to get in the way of their performance, and as a result are probably now blacklisted from every area hospital. ;-)

    One great way to get your foot in the door is to apply for a CNA position at whatever hospital you think you might want to work for. Not only will this allow you to showcase your skills, but you will also be considered an "employee" of the hospital and eligible to apply for internal job postings. (Otherwise, new grads who are not already affiliated with a hospital can only apply for external jobs.)