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vastudent09 specializes in GICU-WE GET IT ALL.

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Hello everyone. I am a rising junior nursing student. I just finished my first clinical rotation. I also just got hired as a Nursing care partner at my local hospital in the ICU! I am really excited becasue thats where I want to work when I graduate in 09'. Just wondering what other students experiences have been whith working a similiar position during the summer and during school. Has it helped your learning, confidence, and skills? Did you enjoy being in the hospital, learning new skills, being around patients, ect...

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Hey, I am also graduating next year and just started a nursing extern position in the ER now, and I will have two other departments I will rotate through, and I love it, it couldn't be better, one I love the ER i've been working there the past 3 years at a nother position. But my skills are finally being put to work, and my assessment skills are so much better, and learning meds, learning how to be a real nurse is what it's doing for me , its great

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I work on 4W @ VBGH, it's a very physical job, I always have 12 pts. ICU should be good though, you will have way less patients.

Do you attend SOHP?

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vastudent09 specializes in GICU-WE GET IT ALL.

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I work on 4W @ VBGH, it's a very physical job, I always have 12 pts. ICU should be good though, you will have way less patients.

Do you attend SOHP?

I am at ODU but I will also be working at SVBGH. I still have two years left, i've only done one clinical so I just hope that I am ready to handle the ICU:uhoh3: Excited though. thanks for the reply.

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You'll do fine. You will have plenty of orientation and every employee that I have been around has been super nice and very helpful. Even the Md's, which is almost unbelievable!

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LilNurse2b143 specializes in Medical/Surgical.

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I'm a nursing assistant on a Med-Surg floor. I too just completed my first semester of nursing school and I have to tell you I learned more the first week of orientation at the job than I did a full semester in school! I take night classes so in our clinicals we really don't get to see or do much. I've learned so so sooo much in the hospital and I am able to be right alongside the nurses and watch what they do. Other people might have different experiences but mine has been great so far! Good luck to you you'll love it!

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marilynmom is a LPN, NP and specializes in Adolescent Psych, PICU.

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I work in the ICU as well and I LOVE it! Gosh, I learned more in my first week on the job than I really ever learned in clinicals for school. I absolutely love my floor and the nurses and Dr's I work with. I'm still a student (senior) and with my job I basically work with a preceptor 1 on 1 and do everything an RN does except pass meds (though I do hep locks and saline flushes in central lines, etc). If there is something neat to see or do then some of the other nurses come get me, they are so great :)

I love it! It's really exciting to me :)

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SummerGarden is a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in ED and Acute Care.

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I do not qualify to be a CNA or an extern/intern even after one semester of nursing school. So I just took a job working on the floor at the hospital as a tech. Like the others I am not a nurse yet but where I work ALL of the Registered Nurses know that I am a Student Nurse! Therefore, I get to see a lot and do a lot the average tech does not and probably will not want to do!!!

I agree with the above posts, working closely with Registered Nurses is very beneficial!!! I am gaining much more working then I did in school. Honestly, after one successful semester in nursing school, I feel cheated by clinicals. It was a challenging for one day then I got the hang of it and was hungry for much much more! Of course, I have not had med-surg or the other demanding rotations yet. However, from what I hear from student nurses that are ahead of me in school, there is more to be learned working then there is during clinicals (I am hearing this from current externs and CNAs who work at the hospital).

Besides, work is not as stressful when it comes to learning something new because many nurses want to show me a procedure and teach me a thing or two rather then look at me funny and ask me to look it up (clinicals). Further, I do not have my clinical instructor breathing down my neck as I am attempting to become comfortable with a situation or procedure (clinicals and lab).

I am going to apply to all of the specialty floors once I qualify to apply to become an extern. I have heard positives about ER, ICU, PACU, L&D, Cardiac etc. Good luck in ICU, that sounds very exciting!

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