Nurse Extern?? What's that about? - page 2

Hey All! I'm going to be entering my nursing program this fall and I may or may not have to work the first semester, but eventually I'm going to have to work during nursing school. The university I'm going to has nurse extern... Read More

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    Quote from llg

    Don't confuse "performing a technical skill" with "having professional responsibility." There is a big difference. I don't think it is legal anywhere for an extern (or any non-licensend ancillary worker) to be given RN-level responsibility -- and I have never heard of any hospital trying to do that.
    What I mean is, what if I mess up before I am licensed? Does the hospital get sued, the RN supervising me? Could that affect my future licensure? The thought of performing skills based on my progress in school before being deemed a prudent and safe nurse by the NCLEX scares me.

    But maybe I'm just looking at it the wrong way.

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    Quote from slinkyheadCNA
    What I mean is, what if I mess up before I am licensed? Does the hospital get sued, the RN supervising me? Could that affect my future licensure? The thought of performing skills based on my progress in school before being deemed a prudent and safe nurse by the NCLEX scares me.

    But maybe I'm just looking at it the wrong way.
    Yes, I think you are looking at it the wrong way. As an extern, you are not held to the same standards as an RN, you are held to the standards of an extern. ("What would a prudent extern do ...")

    The chances of you being sued or being charged with a crime are no greater for an extern as they are for anyone else -- a student, a nurse, a CNA, etc. It's the risk we all take any time we take care of patients. To give up the chance to get paid supervised clinical experience because you are afraid to perform skills is short-sighted.

    However ... certainly there are some extern programs that are of better quality than others. For example, some provide more supervision and teaching than others. Be sure to investigate the particulars of any program before signing up to be sure the externs are not just "thrown into the deep end of the pool" or anything.
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    I see...I'm very comfortable with my skills actually. I was just voicing what my worries would be if I were in a program. I work in the hospital as a CNA right now and they don't offer this in our health system anyways. I like my job and I am more comfortable staying put until December rolls around. Then I shall pounce on my status in the new grad program making more than double than what I make now


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