Student Information

Student Name

Michelle Karakkat




Internship Information

Company/Organization: The Valley Hospital

Mentor(s):Joan McGowan, Patricia Seavers, Sheryl Tuttle

Topic of Internship

Pre-Pediatrics (Mother/Baby Unit/NICU, Maternal Fe

Background Information

The Valley Hospital, located in Ridgewood, NJ, is a non-profit, fully accredited hospital, serving more than 440,000 people in 32 towns in Bergen County and adjoining communities. It is the first hospital in the tri-state area to have won the special distinction, J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program, for providing outstanding patient experience. It is known throughout northern New Jersey for its medical and technical excellence.

Summary of Internship

Interns at The Valley Hospital have the ability to choose up to three rotations in different departments. I chose two rotations: Mother/Baby Unit/NICU and Maternal/Fetal Medicine. In my first rotation, the Mother/Baby Unit/NICU, I had the opportunity to shadow nurses and doctors and view medical procedures, as well as assume other responsibilities, such as restocking materials, taking care of the nurseries, making cribs, etc. In Maternal/Fetal Medicine, I had the opportunity to shadow sonographers, view procedures, and learn about the unit. Being able to do different rotations helped me decide and confirm that I wanted to be a Neonatal Nurse. Having this internship at this particular hospital gave me a great perspective of what nursing is like.

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