Nursing Grads Gain Experience Before Entering Job Market

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Today more than ever, college graduates want to be armed with experience in their fields. By the time Megan Arico of Piscataway and Jason Silvitch of Colonia graduated from Drexel University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Co-op program, they had already spent three years getting valuable on-the-job training.

Pictured, left to right, are Dr. Gloria Ferraro Donnelly, Dean of Drexel University CNHP, Arico and Silvitch.

The five-year program is comprised of three, paid six-month cooperative education experiences in addition to traditional clinical education.  “This is a rare opportunity for students to gain real-world experience in a variety of professional settings – and earn money – before graduating,” noted BSN Co-op Program Director Faye Pearlman-Meloy, PhD, RN, CPNP, CPN.

Student nurses work in health care support roles and as unlicensed patient care assistants for local health care organizations.  This is invaluable on-the-job training for the students and an opportunity for local health care organizations to train their future work force.  Co-op for all students includes experiences in areas such as managed care, home care or pharmaceutical companies; experiences in health care settings that deal with acute or chronic adult illness and in specialized areas such as oncology or maternal and child health.

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