As we finish up learning about clinical, I
want to give you possibly the most important
advice of all.
I want you to treat your clinical like a job
Your clinical is not just clinical.
It is your first real step into the world of
marketing yourself for your first
nursing job. Many nursing students will
actually end up getting tech
and nursing assistant jobs at the hospitals
where they are students while they are still
in school. And I have seen countless nursing
end up becoming nursing assistants on our
unit, who then later ended up being hired as
new grad nurses.
They get those jobs because the nurses
enjoyed working with them when they were
nursing students. They were seen as
And people threw their name in the ring when
the supervisor came out and said, "Hey, Chris
applied for a nursing assistant position
I know you were paired with him a few times
as a student.
Did you like working with him?" So even if
you don't like the unit and
never in a million years would you ever want
to come back and work here, I want you to
treat your clinical like it's a job
Because people in the hospital, it's kind of
like its own little community.
They talk, and you never know when a good
impression will come in handy.
Maybe you want to work in the PICU, but you
did a clinical rotation on a
pedes heme onc floor, and you made a really
good impression on those nurses.
So when you go to apply for that job in the
PICU, you could ask the nurses that you've
worked with on the other unit to email the
nurse manager of the PICU and put in a good
word for you. Even though that nurse manager
doesn't know you personally
because you have never actually had any
experiences on the unit, and maybe they've
never... They probably don't even know the
nurses that are emailing them since they're
at the same institution, and they've had a
positive experience, it just kind of
validates it a little bit more.
It gives you someone to vouch for you in
So how would you actually treat this like a
Good news. Mostly, it's doing all of the
things that we have already discussed in this
playlist. You want to be conscious of others
Be excited to be there.
Do not go and sit in the corner with your
peers and talk together when you could be
out there learning.
You have such limited time when it comes to
People will absolutely notice when you are
using it to just sit there and chat with your
friends instead of going and seeking out
opportunities to learn.
And if you do like the actual unit that you
are on for clinical and could
maybe picture yourself working there in some
capacity, go and ask to talk to the nursing
manager or supervisor or whoever is involved
in hiring as soon as you
can. As soon as you identify, like, "whoo, I
might want to work here." As soon as you can
in the semester. This will give them the
opportunity to kind of like scope you out and
ask the nurses about you while you are still
there, while they still remember you.
I don't want to hurt your feelings, but they
won't remember you after you're gone.
And even if there is no open position right
now, drop off your resume and ask them to
please keep you in mind for a future
position if one does open
. A known good team player, which would be
what you are if you're doing all of these
things, will almost always get prioritized
in hiring versus someone that is like
totally unknown and a random, okay?
And those are all of the clinical tips that
I have for you at the moment.
If you have any others though, please feel
free to leave them in the comments below and
I will see you soon in the next series about
how to navigate skills and SIM