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  • Critical Care Nursing Internships

  • About the Internship Program

  • Once the admission process has been completed, candidates will be hired on to a specific critical care unit. This provides interns with the support of a member of the management team throughout their program.

    Hands-On Experience

    The program is individualized in length, 36 to 40 hours per week with unit specific weekend requirements. The interns will follow their preceptor's schedule and work off-shift as needed. Holidays are not required during the internship. The program is divided into three phases.

    Critical Care
    Internship

    Intermediate Care
    Internship

    Phase I-Entry Phase
    Phase I-Entry Phase
    Weeks 1-2
    General Orientation with half-day introduction to program
    Weeks 1-2
    General orientation with half-day introduction to internship program
    Phase II-Intern Phase
    Phase II-Intern Phase

    Weeks 3-11
    Orientation with preceptor on unit of hire

    Weeks 3-9
    Orientation with preceptor on unit of hire

    Phase III-Mentor/Transition Phase
    Phase III-Mentor/Transition Phase
    Weeks 12-16
    Transition from preceptor to resource support. Evaluation with unit leadership to determine internship end date.
    Weeks 10-12
    Transition from preceptor to resource support. Evaluation with unit leadership to determine internship end date.

    Note: The above timeline was developed to serve as a guide. All candidates will meet with the unit's nursing leadership team to individualize their internship experiences.

    Class Lecture Series

    The Rhode Island Hospital department of nursing, through the Center for Practice Excellence, has a wide variety of continuing education and professional development activities for the critical care intern. Annual seminars include the Cardiac Symposium, the Anne Leveille Neurology Seminar, Peter D. Smith Trauma Seminar. Ongoing activities include Nursing Grand Rounds, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Nursing Leadership Series and the Nursing Scholar Symposiums.

    In the critical care specialty arena interns attend classes taught through a variety of educational methodologies that include topics such as hemodynamics, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, neuroscience as well as basic and advanced EKG.

    Didactic and psychomotor skills are reinforced during direct patient care activities under the guidance of the preceptor, educator and clinical manager and through case studies and laboratory experiences. Upon completion of the series, the critical care intern is eligible to attend the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course.

    Program Evaluation

    Throughout of the Critical Care Internship Program, participants will be asked to complete an evaluation of their experience. This information will be utilized to assess the program and make improvements as necessary. Your cooperation in completing this evaluation is greatly appreciated.