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undergrad RN
I'm a twenty-something Canadian student. After stumbling through a few years of college, I finally managed to get into the nursing school of my dreams, where I hope to graduate in 2012 with a nursing baccalaureate degree. I want to offer an honest look into how a modern nurse is educated, both good and bad. Eventually I hope to compare my education to my day-to-day career and see how it holds up. Whatever happens, it should be somewhat entertaining. Find me on allnurses.com!
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Community health, and a phone call

So here I am, nearly 2 weeks into my Community/Public Health rotation.

My partner and I went to our assigned community agency for the first time today. It is a small converted house in a poor residential neighborhood that supports a variety of programs including childcare, social work, and drop-in personal growth/social opportunities.

Our big project with this agency is to plan, develop, and implement a handwashing/hygiene presentation for preschoolers and their parents. We will have about 6 days total to come up with the lesson plan and resources. Everything will be documented into a presentation for our peers, since different students are assigned to different agencies.

So while my partner and I were brainstorming ideas for a short presentation on handwashing, my phone rang. I didn't recognize the number, but it looked like my instructor, so I sighed as I reached for my phone and rolled my eyes because she had just called me......

.....until I realized it was the hiring manager for the local Emergency Department!!! Yep, the one I volunteer at :) And the one that is literally across the street from me.

I had applied for a UNE position (Alberta Health Service's position for Undergraduate Nursing Employees on a summer/temp basis) last year as well but I didn't realize how many skills I was lacking. And I went to Thailand - no shocker they didn't hire me! So this year I was really pumped when I sent in my application at the beginning of this month.

My interview is on April 14! So excited.

The core reasons I'm interested in working Emerg over the summer are because (in this particular ED, anyway) of the high degree of collaboration between physicians and nurses, and amongst the nurses themselves, the population will be all ages and sizes and socioeconomic statuses, I will see a high volume of presenting conditions and learn about how to prioritize/plan for them, and I will get to use plenty of skills.

Did I mention I was excited? :)


Zazzy Episodes said...

I'm super excited for you too Undergrad!! Please keep us informed and up-to-date on all that happens after the interview.

lou said...

Yay how exciting!! Im NAing on an emerg unit this spring/summer and I didnt even realize they hired UNE. Im so pumped for you!! Let us know how the interview goes, Im sure you'll do absolutely awesome :)

undergrad RN said...

Lou!! You live!!! Thanks :D :D

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