Hands-On Nursing Experience

Regardless of the position the intern is hired into, they are encouraged to orient at full-time ( 36-40 hours per week). The intern typically will follow their preceptor’s schedule, including off-shift and weekend hours. The program is divided into three phases.

Critical Care Internship

Intermediate Care Internship

Phase I - Entry Phase

Weeks 1-2
General orientation with half-day introduction to program

Phase I - Entry Phase

Weeks 1-2
General orientation with half-day introduction to internship program

Phase II - Intern Phase

Weeks 3-11
Orientation with preceptor on unit of hire

Phase II - Intern Phase

Weeks 3-9
Orientation with preceptor on unit of hire

Phase III - Mentor/Transition Phase

Weeks 12-16
Transition from preceptor to resource support. Evaluation with unit leadership to determine internship end date.

Phase III - Mentor/Transition Phase

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, and the 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, and 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 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.