Lurie Children's RN Internship Program is an innovative transitioning approach to prepare nurses for a rewarding career in the care of children and families.
Built on the belief that a nurturing learning environment facilitates a sense of belonging and acceptance, this program will provide guided classroom learning, precepted relationships, RN transitioning sessions, clinical exchange experiences and mentors to support practice excellence. The program invests in our commitment to create a culture of inclusion and promise to provide employees with resources for professional development.
RN Internship Program: Five Components
1. Individualized precepted orientation
The nursing preceptor assists RN interns in learning clinical skills and developing team relationships. The preceptor guides the RN intern in learning nursing responsibilities and becoming a member of the healthcare team.
2. Pediatric Nursing Classes
RN interns attend integrated clinical classes throughout the first 18 months of employment. Classes focus on specialty pediatric nursing assessment, skills and knowledge. Learning techniques include lecture, discussion, skills practice and patient simulation scenarios. Emergency management skills are developed through pediatric advanced life support and/or neonatal resuscitation classes.
3. Transition Sessions
The Transition Group discussions offer the RN intern a safe, confidential environment in which experiences are shared. By connecting with peers, the RN intern will learn coping skills in adjusting to a new profession.
4. Clinical exchange opportunities
The clinical exchange opportunities support the RN interns development of a holistic approach to pediatric nursing care. This will be accomplished by rotating to multiple patient care areas specific to their patient population, enabling the RN intern to learn the patient experience first hand and build working relationships throughout Lurie Children's.