BROOKLYN, N.Y. The Student Nurse Technician Program has been a staple at Lutheran Medical Center for more than 25 years. The five-week program offers between 10 and 12 nursing students who are within one year of graduating from an associate or bachelors degree program the opportunity to get real world experience at the level-one trauma and New York State designated regional stroke center.Kevin Ng shadows his co-workers on the med/surg unit. The purpose of the buddies is to get them involved in teamwork, said Karen DeLorenzo, RN, of Lutheran Medical Center.
The program consists of two weeks of orientation, followed by three weeks on the job. The technicians are given an RN buddy and a nursing assistant buddy to help them along; however, they are expected to perform just like any other employee.
They take reports, they give reports, they are working, says Karen DeLorenzo, RN, Lutheran nurse recruiter and 1983 graduate of the Student Nurse Technician Program. Its a real position.Karen DeLorenzo, RN, left, and Kevin Ng
Kevin Ng, a nursing student in the ADN program at New York City College of Technology, is a student assigned to the med/surg unit. Lutheran sends a mailing out to schools, but Ng was told about the program by his mom, a Lutheran employee. She heard about it and thought it would help my career, he says.
Ngs two-week orientation has now ended and he said he is looking forward to the future. Tomorrow is my first day on my own, he said. Im really excited.