i began as a nurse extern in july at a great hospital. i am still employed as an extern and the only commitment i have is two weekend shifts within a 4 week period. they are very good about letting me set my own schedule, in hopes that i will stay on after graduation/nclex passing. i currently work ortho/neuro, but do get floated to other floors. i recently was floated to the oncology floor and loved it!!!! reinforced the fact that this is an area i am extremely interested in and hope to go to. as an extern, i can be placed in one of two positions...i may pca, doing bed baths, vitals, i&os, etc., or i may get to actually extern, where i get to "play nurse", except for meds, iv starts, and other procedures, but i do have to do charting, new admits, discharges, etc.
check out your area hospitals and see if they offer externships. this has really helped me "come out of my shell" and i have become more comfortable dealing with the patients and their families. good luck and i hope this helps you some.