Work It Wednesday: Calling All Nurses

Hi there, I’m Graceann, a rising senior nursing major here at Catholic.  In addition, I’m earning a Spanish for Healthcare certificate, president of the Student Nurses’ Association, and a fellow in the Office of Admission!  Here’s a look at my busy summer working as a Student Nurse Extern at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the Emergency Department.

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At my externship, I’ve been able to continue to learn more about all of the great advantages that being a nurse offers.  I get to work a regular nurses’ schedule, shadow a nurse during my shifts, and put my classroom knowledge to work in a practical setting.  I even get to practice hands-on work like inserting IVs and doing assessments on patients.

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I learned about this job from my academic adviser who encouraged me to try something different and see how I liked it.  I never EVER thought that I would enjoy working in the Emergency Department, but after getting that little push, I’ve been able to step out of my comfort zone and I feel more confident with my actions and my decision to pursue a career in nursing.   

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As summer and my externship come to a close, I’m fortunate enough to say that I have been offered a position to continue my work in the Emergency Department throughout the school year as well! Internships and externships are available to students in all fields of study; just be willing to try something new and get your hands dirty!

–Graceann S.  

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