In This Article you will read about 10 Facts Necessary For A Better And Fulfilled Internship And Also The facts about the nursing internship in Africa as a whole with Nigeria as a case study are:
Facts Necessary For A Better And Fulfilled Internship
From antiquity to present time nursing practice, there have been drastic changes that have evolved in several countries nations and continents. These measures and changes have enormously affected the orbit in which nursing practice evolves. Florence Nightingale the proponent and father of modern scientific nursing 150 years ago telescopically envisioned the hope of nursing for a better output that could result to adequate nursing care for patients wholistically through scientifically based methods inclusive of the principle of ‘health for all’. The quest for best practices globally by the world health organization (WHO) is to foster the equipping and growth of skilled health professionals especially in Africa in total agreement with the aims and objectives of the West African college of nursing (WACN).
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The quest for best practices globally by the world health organization (WHO) is to foster the equipping and growth of skilled health professionals especially in Africa in total agreement with the aims and objectives of the West African college of nursing (WACN). This has among other fundamental and notable reasons necessitated the establishment of internship programme for graduate nurses in order to further train nursing personnel i.e. graduate registered nurses/midwives to acquire relevant and expedient professional skills needed for their proper and efficient delivery of nursing care to patients and advocacy including emotional support to clients’ relatives.
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A nurse intern is basically a registered nurse who has passed through and completed an accredited and professionally recognized nursing academic institution for a period of 3-5 years and employed by an organization to work and deliver professional nursing care under the supervision of a preceptor. Nursing interns are often times supervised by professional colleagues who are above their employment grading level e.g. in Nigeria, a preceptor must attain the position of at least a principal nursing officer (PNO).
The facts about the nursing internship in Africa as a whole with Nigeria as a case study are:
- After graduation from a nursing school, college or university the newly graduated nurse needs to think about the internship programme, visualize the prospective opportunity ahead of you. A sober and solemn reflection of the past could help prepare the potential intern into what he or she will be expecting to face in the future.
- Make an appropriate resolution of what kind of intern you intend to be and why? By doing this it will respite all help you to set your priorities during the clinical experience as a dynamic and polyvalent nurse.
- Roll your sling. What this entails is to put into action your desire by writing your application letters to several organizations for consideration and intake. Never you have a fixed and strict desire as to where you intend to have your clinical experience because most times it could lead to unnecessary delay for your placement. Therefore, have an open mind for your selection.
- Ensure to have a bipolar attitude of both a student and a staff this will increase your ability of being teachable and as well putting your academic theory into pragmatic use respectively.
- Understand the environment i.e. the organization that employed you. This could best be done during the first month of placement.
- Establish a good communication rapport both with your professional colleagues, other health workers, clinical attendants, portals etc.
- Ensure to maintain your rotation according to the governing council roaster or plan in your country e.g. in Nigeria, Nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria (NMCN) rotation roaster as will be handed over to your coordinator.
- Internship is not a free time life without study. Do encourage the habit of persistent study of both nursing and medical academic books for this is the best time of study without duress.
- Participate in continuous nursing education (CNE) in your hospital of placement.
- Be focus and innovative. Ensure to sign your logbook. Your preceptors and the head of unit nursing (HOU) will sign it. Also remember to submit your checklist to the HOU nursing.
In conclusion, internship experience is advisable for all graduate registered nurses because it is an avenue to learn intellectual and pragmatic skills for effective nursing care delivery. With these above, if keenly followed you can be rest assured that your internship will be a memorable and a wonderful experience.
Written By Nr DanLadi Aminu (RN, BNSc)