In keeping with the “Back to School” theme I wanted to share with you another story about nursing students, or rather, soon-to-be nursing students. During July and August we had the exciting opportunity to host eight local high school and college students for a summer nursing internship here at Ellis Medicine.
These aspiring young nurses worked closely with current Ellis nurses, which enabled them to have a truly hands-on experience with nursing in a real-life hospital setting. They observed not only the caring role of the nurse but also the countless diagnostic and therapeutic tasks that are utilized to improve or provide comfort to our patients.
The internship consisted of 40-60 hours of observation over the course of eight weeks and was intended to provide students with a realistic view of the nursing profession. Our goal was to encourage careers in nursing by helping students develop a deeper understanding of the profession. Each student had the opportunity to observe a registered nurse at three different campuses in a variety of nursing settings, including: nursery, ambulatory surgery, emergency, intensive care, and medical surgical nursing.
I am happy to report that we had extremely positive feedback from all eight of our interns. To quote one of the students,”My experience at Ellis was very enjoyable. I learned a ton about nursing and it definitely made me want to be a nurse! Thank you so much for this opportunity. I loved it!”
This program would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Anne Hotaling, Nursing Practice Specialist, and Carla Wyllie, Director of Nursing Practice. Anne and Carla spent countless hours planning and preparing so that our students could have the best possible experience. Thank you Anne and Carla for all of your hard work in making this program a success!
Finally, I would like to give a special thanks to our nurse preceptors: Terri Markiewicz (Bruggeman Center), Pat Hogan (EHC PAT/Ambulatory Surgery Center), Denise Lafarr (ED), Chrissy Curcio (C1), Cathleen Williams (ICU), Amanda Dudar (ICU), and Liz Timm (ICU) for their time spent mentoring each of our interns. We couldn’t have done it without you!
For more information about additional upcoming student internship opportunities, including Winter Break 2013 and Summer 2014, please contact Anne Hotaling at 347-5492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.