Some of you may have read in an earlier posting that I was not chosen for a summer internship through the local hospital here in town…bummer! In that same post I mentioned the opportunity I had to apply for an internship with Public Health Nursing (PHN). I figured what the heck; this could possibly be a great chance to get my foot in the door and see another side to nursing.
After an awesome application/essay submitted by yours truly and a few weeks of waiting. I was offered the slot of Nursing Intern for one of the nearby public health county offices close to where I live. The offer included a schedule of M-F 0800-1630 for 8 weeks. The director of the office gave me the break-down of the job duties: 55% strategic planning, 35% beach and well water testing, and 10% job shadowing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled as pie to even be considered for this summer internship, but I was a little hesitant as well. So far all of my time spent in school learning as well as my patient care during clinical has been rooting me in a foundation of floor nursing. I had a hard time accepting the idea that majority of the time spent in this position would be dealing with paperwork creating a strategic plan. The job duties state that 10% of my time will be job shadowing, I’ve bolded within the description what that includes. If you’re following me, that means that my clinical hands-on time with patients would only be 10% of my entire time this summer and that just didn’t sit well for me and I’ll tell you why.