Externships are WONDERFUL!!

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    I started my externship at the local hospital about 3 weeks ago, and I can't believe how much I've learned already, after just 4 shifts on the floor. After another 2 weeks, I will have more floor nursing experience after a month than I have in the entire past year of nursing school. And the externship lasts a year. By the time I graduate, I will be SO far ahead of the game compared to other students, I almost feel guilty about it. :chuckle And I'm pretty much guaranteed a job in the unit as a new grad RN next year after graduation.

    If externships are offered at the hospitals in your area, DEFINITELY take advantage of it. The experience you gain cannot be measured, it's such an awesome opportunity, and you get PAID!! :hatparty:

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    I am so happy for you!! I will definitly look into that....if I last that long!

    Good Luck and Congrats!!! :hatparty:
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    I have to agree. I just finished my 5 week med/surg rotation, and Monday I start my specialty in L & D. I have had so much fun, and learned so much. I too would recommend it to everybody.
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    I have to agree. I just finished my 5 week med/surg rotation, and Monday I start my specialty in L & D. I have had so much fun, and learned so much. I too would recommend it to everybody.
    I am just starting nursing school this fall. Please tell me more about externships - how are they structured? What is the pay like, compared to CNA jobs or other part-time jobs nursing students have? Is there an emphasis on learning? Is it too much with clinicals and school work? Please elaborate - I really want to hone my clinical skills in nursing school.
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    The hospital where I am doing mine offers it to students who have a year left of nsg. school. I basically follow an RN, help w/assessments, and function some in a CNA role. We can "take things out", but we can't "put anything in"! Except, of course, enemas! So, I guess in a nutshell, we can't pass meds, start IV's , but we can give care. Trach care, dressing changes, etc. Not all programs are like that though. Some are allowed to do more, and some less. It has been an invaluable experience, and it's fun too! We interviewed for the positions, and got letters of recommedation. We were asked to list 3 top clinical areas we would like to be placed in, and then we waited! I, like Klone, requested L&D, ER, and the OR. I was given the Cath Lab. Then, someone dropped out, and they asked if I would like to do L & D instead. In our program, we have 5 weeks of med/surg, and then 5 weeks of a specialty. I know that other area hospitals dont do this, it just one rotation the whole time. At first I was afraid about doing med/surg, ...but I have changed my mind about med/surg now. I learned so much, and saw so much.. I really enjoyed it. Your intructors can probably fill you in about the externships offered in your area...I say go for it!
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    Great information. I don't know if hospitals in my area offer externships or not, but I'd be very interested (once I have my first year done!) I'm assuming they work around your school schedule?

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    Externships are a great way to get a job later. Either the nurse manager will hire you when you graduate, or many recruiters will ask you what your internship experiences were (so put that in your resume). As I always tell new students, apply early and you are more likely to get the floor you want...
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    That's great to hear, Klone!! Are you in L&D?
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    I am happy to hear that it is such a great experience. I was also interested in doing an externship, but the hospital where I aplied only offered the program from June through August, so I applied for a PCT (patient care tech) position. I just started, and so far it seems like it will be a great experience too. I don't know if I will be allowed to follow the nurse or help with assessments, but I just might ask after I get to know the nurses well. And if everything works out, and I like my unit (orthopedics), I am sure I could stay on after graduation.

    I am now in a hospital that I have been trying to get into for years. I did my OB rotation there last semester, and I will do Med-Surg clinicals there for the next two....so I am excited about that.

    I wish their externship program would have been a year, but since it wasn't I skipped the application...but I look forward to working as a tech, rather than my CNA position I have held for the past 5 years in LTC.

    Anyway, I am glad you like it...I have been wondering what it would be like.
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    Just finished my first week of orientation (classroom) in an extern program. Hit the ED floor this week!

    Glad you had a great experience!

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