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What to do for capstone/leadership course last semester of nursing school?


So the time is almost hear for me to select options for where & what I want to do my capstone practicum & leadership course in my last semester (starting in August). I know that I want to work in the ED after graduation as I had my internship there last summer and absolutely LOVED it! However, I interviewed for a nursing assistant position there during my internship & they didn't hire me (they said because I would be graduating as an RN too soon). I currently work in the PACU as a nursing assistant-btw all these positions are in the hospital we do clinicals at & I want to stay there after graduation. Here's my dilemma: do I do my last semester in the ED where I had my internship & want to work, or do I try for a different small, rural hospital in med/surg so that I will get opportunities to have nursing experience in all areas, including the ED?

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

If you really want the ED ... then go for the ED. That's your best bet on getting a new grad job there. The ED experience probably wouldn't hurt you if you get a job in med/surg if you decide (or are forced) to go that route, too.

Not taking the ED capstone may ruin your chances of getting a job there after graduation. To me, it seems like a "no brainer" of a choice. You have little to gain and lots to lose if you go med/surg. You have lots to gain and little to lose if you go ED.