Summer is finally around the corner and the living is easy! Many future nurses wonder what they can do in order to build skills for the résumé. Nursing students generally do not participate in traditional summer internships. While many of their peers may be off at summer internships, nursing students generally wonder what they can do to keep their skills fresh. Here is a couple of ideas!
Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to work with the population you hope to direct your nursing skills towards in the future. If you feel you want to work with the elderly, volunteer at a nursing home or a senior center. Thinking about working in pediatrics? Look into being a camp counselor at a specialty camp. Hospitals are always looking for volunteers as well.
Work: Find administrative work within a healthcare facility. Basic office jobs within a hospital or doctor’s office will expose you to medical professionals and learn more about the medical environment.
Research: There are opportunities at UConn which may be found at the Office of Undergraduate Research at http://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/ Not close to Storrs this summer? Opportunities may also be found at other universities or hospitals closer to your home.
Get Certified: You may want to research on how to become a certified nursing assistant or an emergency medical technician in your state. If you want to work in a setting such as the emergency room, consider connecting with your local ambulance corp.
Networking/Job Shadowing: While direct patient contact may make it difficult due to privacy laws, summer is a great time to connect with nurses out in the field to informationally interview and ask them about their career paths. Use LinkedIn to connect with UConn alum that are working as Nurses and learn about their experiences. Information about how to utilize LinkedIn may be found at http://cdn.uconnectlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2015/01/JB-LinkIn-Job-Search_AC1.pdf Information on how to have a successful informational interview and job shadowing experience may be found at http://cdn.uconnectlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2015/09/PG-INformational-Interview-and-Job-Shadow_AC.pdf
Remember to leave some time for rest and relaxation! Have a great summer!