My cousin in Australia, who have participated in nursing internships told me that nursing internship offer experiences and knowledge you may not get in your clinicals or through classroom lectures, and she is right. In school, you probably will not witness a patient’s progression of care, while during an internship, you’re likely to observe a more holistic picture of patients as you work alongside a practicing nurse. I now found that nursing internship is one of the best ways to prepare me for my senior year, as well as for my career as a professional nurse,
Nursing internships can give you the skills that you can only learn through experience, such as time management and conflict resolution. An internship is usually administered by a hospital, where you will work alongside a particular nurse and learn the ropes.
Nurses determine what type of care a patient needs to heal or recognise them from disease. Therefore they talk to the patients, look at them and decide in cooperation with physicians, what is the best to heal the patient. After making a decision the nurse is responsible for planning, organising and arranging the right care. One can see that as a nurse you are doing a job in which you have to be very caring and helpful. Furthermore you need a high sense of responsibility because you are the person who helps to rescue people’s life’s and to make them feel better in bad life situations.
Benefits of internships
• You will gain confidence in the clinical setting: You will have the opportunity to practice and perfect clinical skills. During my internship, I learned how to use an infusion pump and stayed on the unit until I mastered the skill. Nurse preceptors may even allow you to perform certain procedures that you practiced only in the skills lab.
• It may result in your first nursing job: An internship will, at the very least, allow you to familiarize yourself with the acute care environment. The experience also may help you home in on what specialties and settings interest you.
• You get to work one on one with a nurse: Nurses usually volunteer to be preceptors, and they gladly share their know-how, while promoting a safe space for learning. Anytime there is a learning experience on the unit, preceptors will try to get you involved in some way or allow you to observe. At the end of your internship, if you have done well, the nurse preceptor could end up being a great reference for your future job pursuits.
In supervised learning environments, nursing students can practice their skills and hone key traits with real patients but under the watchful eye of tenured professionals. This safety net helps them develop a mastery of their skills faster than would be possible on their own, without sacrificing quality patient outcomes.
Students with ‘Internships’ Have Higher Satisfaction in their Positions
Clinical experience can facilitate the transition between student and professional, working nurse. Students will get to experience what it’s actually like on the job and see if it aligns with their interests before committing to a specific nursing focus or clinical setting. When entering a new job, there’s a sense of excitement and surprise at every turn. Challenges will emerge unexpectedly, and it’s up to professionals to overcome them and use what they learned to shape themselves as nurses. Internship helps nursing students become accustomed to high-stress moments. This experience will enable them to hone their preparation skills and reflexes to ensure that they’re ready for anything.
Nurses are essential for understanding the patient’s condition, planned procedures and why these strategies are being pursued. Without this information, medical errors can occur. The patient should always come first, and interactions as part of Nursing internship will serve as important learning opportunities.