Quote from shock-me-sane
I am doing one this summer, so I don't know if I will like it yet or not. Though I do know that I am really going to like the money (full time and 80% of new grad pay). The only requirements were a minimum of 3.0 gpa and be completed with the junior year of the nursing program.
Sorry, I don't have more info, ask me again in july and I'll let you know.
I run an extern program for my hospital and have a few questions for you, shock-me-sane. I hope you don't mind answering them. The 80% of new grad pay is far greater than anything I have heard of and I am curious as to the nature of your program.
1. Does your extern job come with any committments to work for the hospital after graduation? Is it only for the summer?
2. Is it primarily a learning opportunity (during which you are always paired with a preceptor and free to take advantage of any learning opportunities available) ... or is it primarily a job in which you will have your own patient load and not be free to leave them to take advantage of a learning opportunity elsewhere in the area?
3. Is there a lot of competition to get accepted into your extern program? or do you live in an area in which there is not a lot of competetion for externships? (My program gets about twice as many viable applicants as we have available positions.)
If you don't want to answer these questions publically, please feel free to PM me.