It is an honor to be a recipient of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women. What makes this scholarship so special, unique, and experience like no other, is the internship that is attached. The JFEW Scholars were given the opportunity to work at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.
During the regular school year, there are ten students assigned to one professor per clinical rotation. But for those ten weeks, I was individually paired with a nursing preceptor, working from 7AM to 7:30 PM, three days a week. I was her only student and received that individual attention you can’t get during the regular school year. During my ten-week internship, I received hands on-training on the medical surgical floor which included client admissions, administration of medications, wound assessment, ostomy care, suctioning, drawing blood, starting IVs, patient teaching, and discharge instructions, to name a few. There is no experience that compares to this other than being an actual nurse.
This experience has definitely set me apart from classmates because I have gained valuable hours of experience and the sore feet to prove it. It allowed me to be placed in an actual work environment and positioned me for a job opportunity. Several nurses commented they thought I was already a licensed nurse and not a student. I told them that was thanks to Nurse Liburd, who was my preceptor and mentor. During my ten weeks at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, I met people I would not have met but for this scholarship.
I am so grateful for this internship and so were my patients.
JFEW provides tuition assistance and a summer internship stipend for female participants in associate degree programs at City Tech in nursing, dental hygiene and radiologic technology; as well as special programming to enhance professional development.