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 positions after the first semester. I heard that it's definitely worth getting into to begin networking and getting a real sense of your field, but I was wondering... what exactly is a nurse extern? What duties will I have as a nurse extern? What can I expect for pay? (I'm in PA) What's the scheduling like-- can I work as much or as little as I like? Are the shifts like real nursing 12hr shifts?
I'm sure it's different all over, but any advice or insight would be appreciated!
Aug 6, '13
Thanks for the tips! I will certainly keep them in mind. I'm definitely going to go for it. The benefits are enormous.
Last edit by ToyaB on Aug 6, '13
Aug 21, '13
" I got $14/hr + shift differential, and my schedule was every other weekend, unless I wanted more.
It often felt like the true educational aspects of the program were lost while I was running around the floor; however, I gained a HUGE appreciation for ancillary staff and my time management improved. Coming back to clinicals after summer break, it was obvious who had worked with patients over the summer and who hadn't. It was definitely worth it.
The big perk? Getting hired as a nurse on the same floor when I graduated"
That's encouraging! I was looking into my program and they also say the standard is every other weekend, but the site does not mention whether or not they allow you to pick up extra time. I was hoping to be able to work 2-3 days per week while I'm in school-- like 24hr per week-- and then in the summer time to go at it full time. Has anyone heard of anyone being able to do that as a nurse extern??
Last edit by ToyaB on Aug 21, '13
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