Internship Program

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Internship Program

This program is ideal for student nurses who currently are enrolled in a Minnesota Nursing and have an interest in working in senior health care. Student nurses must have successfully completed their school’s fundamental nursing course. Student interns will develop knowledge and practice in senior care that promotes an exceptional patient experience by job shadowing an experienced nursing professional, who will provide the support and guidance needed to grow professionally. 
What you will gain

  • Clinical, technical and therapeutic communication skills needed for senior care
  • Critical thinking skills to identify possible causes and warning signs of health decline in seniors with health risk factors and related diagnosis
  • Insight through mentoring from a Nurse Preceptor
  • Understanding of the roles of primary physician in collaboration with nursing staff to prevent a health crisis event and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations
  • Understanding of rehabilitative and restorative therapies offered to seniors
  • Assisting in the development of individualized care plans to support and maintain seniors’ highest level of functioning and well-being
  • Understanding of family roles and dynamics that can impact senior care
  • Knowledge of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to manage pain

The program provides up to 50 internships to RN and PN students. Internships are available year round and must be completed by December 31, 2018. Internships require a minimum of 80 hours and are scheduled to match student and site availability. You must:

  • Be enrolled in a Minnesota nursing program, preparing for registered nursing licensure or practical nursing licensure
  • Have completed two semesters of clinical nursing experience and successfully completed the Fundamentals of Nursing Course(s) prior to the internship
  • Have a satisfactory academic record

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internship paid?
Participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a $1,500 stipend.
Where are the participating sites?
View participating sites here (link).
Does Ecumen provide housing or transportation?
Ecumen does not provide housing or transportation for interns to move to the site/city where they are placed. The stipend that interns are paid is to help defray costs for this educational and training experience.
Do interns get jobs at the end of the internship?
Interns may be hired on a full-time or part-time basis upon completion of their education. However, there is no guarantee of a job. The decision is the sole discretion of the placement organization based on current need.
Can I get academic credit for my internship?
Ecumen encourages students to pursue academic credit for their internships (independent study, summer course units, etc.) However, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain all necessary information regarding prerequisites and conditions for receiving academic credit. In addition, the student must provide all appropriate documents to Ecumen prior to the internship so necessary adjustments can be made to the internship experience (if possible) in order to meet all requirements of credit-granting institution

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