Job shadowing is one of the best ways to determine if a career in nursing is the right fit for you. It gives you a chance to spend a day or two on the job to see how nurse goes about his or her daily tasks. You'll be able to see how nurses work with various types of patients and conditions, and experience how a medical team works together.
But before you can do all of that, you must find a job shadowing opportunity. Here are some tips to help get your foot in the door.
Talk to an RN
Think of everyone you know. Chances are you know a nurse or someone connected to a nurse. Take advantage of any connections you might have, such as family members, family friends, neighbors, or acquaintances. Start there. Make contact with an RN as ask to speak with them about their job. Most people happy in their careers will be happy to do so. Ask them any and all questions about their job. You want to know as much as possible if you are considering becoming an RN.
You want to know the good, the bad and the ugly. At the end of your conversation ask if they know any facilities that allow job shadows, perhaps even where they work. A personal connection with someone and recommendation will often help you make contact with job shadow decision makers more easily.
Pick up the Phone
Call the human resources department at your local hospital, clinic or doctor’s office. Ask if they can arrange for you to shadow a nurse. Many will be happy to oblige since nurses are always in high demand. Plus, someday you may be the perfect person to hire for an open position.
Volunteering can be a great way to show your passion for the nursing profession. Most hospitals and clinics appreciate volunteers. Outstanding volunteers get more opportunities. This could include a coveted job shadow with an RN. While you are volunteering you can take advantage of the opportunity to immerse yourself in a medical surroundings. This will give you a glimpse into your future career. Plus, you will make great contacts as a volunteer that may lead to a job in the future.
Never underestimate the power of the Internet. The world of nursing is at your fingertips with online forums and blogs. Nurses share plenty of tips and stories on these sites, and connect with others who are looking to enter the profession. This allows you to reach out the thousands of registered nurses and tap in to their knowledge. With a few clicks of a mouse your networking potential will go through the roof. These professionals will be able to point you in the right direction for a job shadow opportunity. They will be able to let you know who to talk to and what steps to take to schedule an appointment. Don't forget to use your social media to your advantage, too. Simply posting that you are searching for an opportunity to shadow an RN could open up possibilities.
Are you curious about how to become a registered nurse? Take a look at the different degree options at Athena Career Academy that lead to an RN career. Find us online at athenacareers.edu or call 419-329-4075.