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Nursing Internship in Nigeria,my experience. I remember when I said I wanted to study nursing everyone was like that’s good they get work easily bla bla bla lol oo😂😂, well that might be true for permanent jobs but for internship the struggle was real.
I literally toured around the states in Nigeria just to look for job for internship, I’m not even kidding I went to 4 different states for jobs and wrote 6 different exams in 6 different hospitals which were lagos state University teaching hospital(Lasuth), hospital management board(HMB) Abeokuta, University teaching hospital ibadan(UCH), federal medical center Owo(FMC), Saint Nicholas hospital(SNH)Lagos and Lagos State health service commission(LSHSC).
it’s just a pity that the only thing I learnt about looking for internship/jobs in Nursing is to”know people” the struggle was not about how smart you are, because if it was about that haaba na I’m not that dull I would have gotten it faster than I later did, this country thought me that the people that know the way are the smarter ones, which is not supposed to be.
The first exam I wrote was lagos state University teaching hospital (lasuth) and I am still pained because I paid 5k for it and the stress I went through for the application, traffic , mehn thinking about it alone makes me sad, we did the exam and I wasn’t called for interview, even some people that were called for interview didn’t get the job because then our license wasn’t out, I hadn’t been inducted then but I just did it to try my luck, like play like play I didn’t get the job sha, some people were called for interview because they had someone there but God nabbed them when it was time to show their license, while some on the other hand got it because they did well in the exams and had their license ready.
The second exam was in Abeokuta the exam was written a day after my induction in October 2019 and I was really excited about it, so as early as 5:30 my friend Fako and I were on our way there because the exam was to start by 8am. So by 7:30am we were there already , we slept in our school guest house in ilisan Ogun state so we could get there early enough and thank God we did, but trust Nigerians never to keep to time we started the exam like around 11/12pm there about but the exam went really well I guess , it was an interview on general nursing and current affairs so I was rest assured because I think I did well, but to cut the long story short they didn’t call me back, I was really disappointed but we “moeve”😑.
The next exam was UCH ibadan and according to what I heard about the hospital it was a serious hospital so I prepared very well for it I even stayed in ibadan for some days with Fako my Friend before the exam, yea chilling but I was reading at the same time, I was expecting the exam to be hard as per UCH na but to my surprise it was easier than expected and we could talk to each other on the table of 5, so we literally wrote the same thing on our table in the exam lol, so last last we all were expecting to get the job, but guess what?, only one person got the job amongst us and that was because she had “leg”, she has a relative that works there so she got a slot easily. The one that shocked me about that hospital was when we heard while writing the exam some people had resumed already and had started medicals, meaning the exam was for formalty sake chai Nigeria my country 😂😂that one didn’t even pain me untill I saw someone from my school that didn’t come for the exam but she got the job, at that point I was like mehn I give up🙅🙅, last last uch wasn’t what I thought it was, na scam.
I honestly didn’t want to work in lagos state so that explains why I went ahead to other states, so I came back to Lagos and I heard saint Nicholas a private hospital, apparently they were the first and only private hospital then that were accredited for internship so I applied with a sum of 5k again chai I was just spending the money I didn’t have 😂😂so as usual i submitted my CV, credentials and I went for the exam to cut the long story short I didn’t get the job but two of my friends Doyin and Jumoke got it , honestly I was really excited for them, I used them to remind God also to do my own and not forget me too😥, Saint Nicholas took only 10 people so I would not say connection was used but one person own looked like connection I wouldn’t even lie😂😂 but probably if more than 10 people were picked I would have gotten a slot who knows 🤷.
That was how 2019 finished and I was still jobless at home 😂😂 so in January 2020 I went for my Midwifery posting to prepare for the professional exam that was to hold towards the end of the year in ibadan, since no job I used that to while away time, and as God will have it I was called by lagos state health service commission for an exam, yea I forgot to say it earlier I had submitted my credentials there and also FMC Ebutte metta and FMC Owo for internship also.
The day I got the message was like the happiest day of my life I was so happy and thankful to God and by weekend Fako and I were on our way to Lagos for the exam, yea Fako again that one was with me through out everything she is my one of the best friends I have and I love her so much.
The exam was in lagos island so we left very early because of Lagos traffic and got there early enough but trust Nigerians we started really late, the exam was literally one of the hardest exam I wrote for internship I was kind of troubled but I trusted God, by Sunday I was back to ibadan to continue the Midwifery training, exactly two weeks later I got called for interview 💃💃💃 mehn my joy knew no bounds I was so happy, Fako got called for interview but as the Boss she is she had UCH appointment already so she didn’t go😂🙌, I went for the interview and luckily for me the midwifery posting was over so I went back to Lagos. The interview went very well and I was sure that I will get the job.
On the day of the interview I got a message from FMC Owo to come for the exam two days later, mehn how will I do it, at first I was reluctant to go, at that point I was really stressed and tired, even though I was sure I will get the job at Lagos State health service commission I still wanted to go to Owo in case I didn’t get it , because I said same for other hospitals and I didn’t get so at that point I didn’t want to risk it, the next day I was on my way to Ondo State.
Ondo State the sunshine state ⛅, incase you didn’t know that is my state of Origin and it felt good to be back after so many years, after my secondary school which I had there I hardly went back there, getting there I stayed with my aunt who works in FMC and lives not far from the hospital so I could get there early, this time Fako wasn’t with me again i was with Samantha another friend of mine from my school. The exam wasted time and the questions were theory unlike others exams which was objective, even the current affairs was theory too, the questions wasn’t hard at all I mean it was normal nursing questions so as a graduate nurse I was expected to know them🤷 the exam went very well except the current affairs but it had lower marks so I wasn’t scared. After that exam I told God I was done writing exams for internship and guess what God answered.
Immediately after the exam I was told to meet an uncle of mine that works there, this time around I finally had “leg”somewhere 😂😂 yea it’s my state😄😄I wrote my details with him and I was 100% sure I had the job already but deep down I didn’t want to work in Ondo state, the pay was more but Ondo state wasn’t an option for me, immediately after the exam I met with and old friend Akes, I haven’t seen him in years since after secondary school he was doing an affiliation program there so after gisting for sometime I went to my big mummy’s house in Akure for a week to get pampared small.
The next week I was called to come for my appointment letter and resume work on 23rd of March 2020 at LSHSC and was posted to lagos Island maternity hospital I was so happy and thankful to God for answering my prayers, the hospital was at the back of saint Nicholas hospital in lagos island so I saw jumoke and Doyin frequently, LSHSC was the only place to me that you didn’t have to “have leg” to get a job there and also if you get called for interview you automatically get the job no matter how the interview goes.
After spending like 4months there I got a message to come and get my appointment letter on 1/7/2020 at FMC Owo ,but too late I was in a better place 😄😄.
If you read till this part you are the real G and I really appreciate you, thank you. During this period there were times I cried,prayed,was sad, almost depressed because it looked like everyone was moving forward except me, I was so down that I cry most times, but thank God I had people that were there for me, what I learnt about the whole journey was that everyone had their own time and then wasn’t my time , it took me almost a year to acknowledge that, but I’m happy I finally did, it also made me to trust God and totally depend on him always, look at me now I have a story to tell ,in two months time I will be done with my Internship program💃💃 and will go for my Youth service and guess what I got the best and the perfect place to work at the end of everything, I don’t think I would have preferred another.
Always Remember, God does everything good in His time and what God cannot do doesn’t exist. I will gist you how my experience with lagos state health service commission went in my next story,