Archive November 2017 XVIII, No. 11

Ideas That Work: Staffing

Supplement Your Staff With Nursing Students

nursing students HELPING HANDS Nursing students (front) assist the staff at the Endoscopy Center of Red Bank (N.J.) and gain valuable experience by performing such tasks as taking PACU patients' temperatures and making up stretchers.

Supplement Your Staff With Nursing Students


making beds

Looking for an inexpensive way to cover for surgical techs during their summer vacations? Do what we did: hire nursing students from local RN programs. This past summer, we added 2 nursing students to our staff on a part-time basis, and we couldn't be happier with the results. They help our RNs admit patients and in PACU. In admission, they welcome patients, walk them through the steps of reception and take vitals. They even perform pregnancy tests when needed. In PACU, the students apply rhythm strips for scanning, take temperatures, check consent forms, offer refreshment and, under an RN's guidance, disconnect oxygen. In both areas, they keep inventory well stocked and prepped. Since returning to school, the students have decided to stay on, and work the days they have off. Once they leave us, however, we plan to continue hiring student nurses. Their eagerness to learn is met with our eagerness to teach.

Georgia Perentesis, RN, CGRN
Endoscopy Center of Red Bank (N.J.)

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