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The Importance and Value of a Nursing Internship

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The Importance and Value of a Nursing Internship

Thinking about applying for a nurse internship? There’s nothing more valuable than the experience and knowledge a nursing internship can provide.

Nursing internships are the perfect opportunity to gain real-life experience while you are still in nursing school. They allow you the opportunity to perform nursing related tasks typically under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse in the hospital or medical office and can vary from technical to direct patient care. They also give you the chance to learn from the best teachers, those who’ve come before you and have experienced, first-hand, a wide variety of issues and problems and know exactly how to help teach you and answer your questions.

Internships also offer you the opportunity to interact with real patients and will help increase your confidence and familiarity within the medical field and the medical processes you have been studying. This experience will become vital when you eventually look for a full-time position. There’s a lot of things that can’t be learned in the lab or classroom, and this will offer you the opportunity to learn new skills.

Completion of a nursing internship can even lead to a future job. Many facilities will offer nursing students who have completed the program a part-time job at the facility while going through school and will use the internship pool to choose prospective employees. If you are interested in a nursing internship, consider starting the application process the summer before your senior year.

"I would describe my time at BRG as wonderful and educational. I have learned a lot and I am grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by people who are willing to take you under their wing and help you become a successful nurse in the future." – Johnisha Franklin, Nurse Intern Summer '21

To learn more about the nursing internship program at Baton Rouge General, click here or reach out to Siera Glass at 225-267-7224 or by email at Siera.glass@brgeneral.org.