This is an exciting time to be a nurse. With new technology and research, the future of healthcare is looking bright, and the demand for nurses is growing.
The opportunities and rewards in nursing are boundless. Nursing offers you a challenge, variety, flexibility, lifelong learning and satisfaction from helping others. You will touch people in a way that few professions do. You are the one providing care to patients during some of the happiest and most difficult times of their lives.
With a variety of scholarships, internships/externships and outreach to our community, Carilion is vested in helping you pursue a rewarding career in nursing.
As part of our efforts to recruit individuals into the healthcare profession and encourage our current employees to further their education, Carilion offers five nursing scholarships and sponsorships. More information is available on our nursing scholarship page.
The Adopt-a-Student Nurse (ASN) mentoring program pairs students with seasoned nursing professionals in a variety of patient-care settings. Through a one-on-one relationship, students are mentored during a six-week commitment (two sessions are held in May through June and June through August). The application for the ASN program is available from November through January.
As a student nurse, you can gain valuable experience by:
- Observing and helping with physical assessments, developing your critical thinking skills and learning about documentation
- Developing plans of care for patients
- Learning nursing procedures with R.N. supervision
- Enhancing organizational and time management skills
- Developing a collaborative relationship with R.N.s
- Earning a competitive salary
If you are interested in applying to the program, you should:
- Be a rising senior nursing student
- Have completed one adult care clinical rotation
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater by the spring semester before the six-week session begins
- Have the ability to commit between 24 and 40 hours per week for six weeks
Areas of opportunity include:
- ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly)
- Behavioral Health (Adult and Child/Adolescent)
- Critical Care
- Emergency Department
- Operating Room Services
- Physical Rehabilitation
Participating hospitals may include Bedford Memorial Hospital, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital, Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Carilion Medical Center and Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
If you have questions about the Adopt-a-Student Nurse program, please contact Emily Allen via email at EFAllen@carilionclinic.org or by phone at 540-983-4147.
It’s never too early to talk to children about their future career interests. That’s why Carilion developed Caring Careers, a program designed to introduce children in our community to healthcare jobs. The program focuses on the nursing profession by involving school-aged children in activities that show them how to make a difference through healthcare professions. Also, it correlates with Virginia’s Standards of Learning.
With current national nursing shortages, introducing children to healthcare jobs today can help ensure our communities receive the care they need tomorrow. Carilion’s nurses lead presentations at schools, churches and libraries, share their experiences and generate enthusiasm for healthcare occupations. Presentations are grouped by the following grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Nurses use age-appropriate toolkits to provide hands-on learning about nursing. For more information, please contact the Office of Visiting Student Affairs at 540-853-0193 or email MBWatts@carilionclinic.org.
In Step With a Nurse
In Step With a Nurse is our way of sharing the joys, rewards and challenges of nursing with those who may not be familiar with how hospital-based nurses spend their days. A participant (also known as a walker) can spend several hours following in the footsteps of a registered nurse as the nurse carries out daily assignments. Walkers learn the challenges and rewards of nursing, the various career choices open to nurses and the complex and critical thinking skills required by nurses. The program also highlights the value of nurses to the community. This program is offered two to three times a year to hospital administration, legislators, school administrators, local business professionals, city and county administrators, representatives from area colleges and national healthcare organizations.
For more information about the program, contact Suzanne Beels, R.N., via email at SKBeels@carilionclinic.org or by phone at 540-981-2946.