Class Year: 2015
Hometown: Maria Stein, Ohio
Internship: Summer III Nursing Extern at Mayo Clinic
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Internship Responsibilities: I worked as a Summer III Nursing Extern at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The ten week program is geared for nursing students entering their senior year of nursing school. Each extern is assigned to a specific unit in the hospital for the summer and works with different clinical coaches. I worked on an internal medicine floor and was partnered with four different clinical coaches who facilitated my learning by involving me in the patient care they provided. As a Summer III Extern, I was able to work side by side with my coach to see what being a nurse really entailed. I spent my shift with them, working to complete assessments, administer medications, and perform a variety of nursing skills under his or her guidance. I was able to not only experience the nursing side of patient care, but also how Mayo Clinic really stresses the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork. I collaborated with the medicine service, social services, dieticians, pharmacists, in addition to other teams to provide holistic patient care.
What I Learned: I worked with some of the best nurses I have ever met. They taught me more than just nursing skills, but also how to prioritize, critically think, and see the patient as more than just a diagnosis. Most importantly, I gained confidence in myself as a nurse. The patient interactions have been invaluable. It has been an honor to work at the #1 hospital in the nation.