Quote from AliciaAdams
I'm a junior nursing student, and believe it or not the time has already come for me to need to decide what I'm doing over the summer of '14. Does anyone here have any insight on nurse externships vs PCT positions? Do PCTs still get the same amount of nursing experience as an extern would? I would love any insight from people who have done either position! Thank y'all so much!
It depends on the hospital and even the department. The floor's nurse externs are basically patient care techs but they earn a little bit more. However, our nurse externs can do a bit more like put meds into our program and insert foleys. Some have put in IVs. However, apparently the patient care techs can do the meds but they fought against doing it and never trained the newer people on it.
The main difference in my department is the hours. Nurse externs work weekends like every third weekend but can pick up pct hours but the pcts have set hours like 16 hours a week.
Ultimately, I would pick whoever hires you first. You may or may not get hired as all nursing students want nurse externs and pct positions. Also, you may or may not want to tell them you want a summer position as they may choose not to hire you just for the summer. Our pct and nurse externs work year around.
Our nurse externs do not have preceptors assigned to them and instead are basically pcts.