Nursing Externships?

  1. Any of you doing any nurse externships or have done them in the past or are interested in doing them? If so, what is it like? do you like it? do you need a certain g.p.a? any info would be appreciated:spin:
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  3. by   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.
  4. by   summersent
    yes please let me know
  5. by   llg
    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.

    Thanks,
    llg
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    I start a SN internship a week after we complete finals. They're 6-week programs where we work with a preceptor.

    Mine's in an ER locally and I am really excited!! The money's not bad either, but I don't think it's 80% of a new grad salary; looks more like 67% from what I can figure.

    I'll try to remember to come back and post how it's going!! I'm hoping to benefit greatly from some regular hands-on pt interaction/care.
  7. by   NikkiRN_BSN
    I am doing a summer externship. There is no requirement to work for the hospital when I am done. It's full time during the summer and I can continue to work there as a student nurse one or two days a week during the next school year. It's very competitive and pays very well.
  8. by   shock-me-sane
    Quote from llg
    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.
    It may be because it is a veterans (aka government) hospital? It is called the VALOR program.
    1. Does your extern job come with any committments to work for the hospital after graduation? Is it only for the summer?
    There is no commitment other than 400 hours over the summer. We also have the option to continue working there through our senior year. They did state that it is a recruiting tool for them.
    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?
    I am pretty sure that we are going to be paired with a preceptor all of the time. I have a meeting for it on the 20th of next month and orientation is July 1. I know that I will be either in ICU or tele
    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.)
    I don't know how much competition there is. I had asked how many applied during my interview but they didn't tell me. I know that they accepted 7 people.


    I will know more at a later time, feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer.
  9. by   llg
    Quote from shock-me-sane
    It may be because it is a veterans (aka government) hospital? It is called the VALOR program.

    I will know more at a later time, feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer.
    Thanks for the info. I'll keep my eyes open for future posts by you to see how it goes.

    Have a good summer!

    llg
  10. by   iHeartNICU
    I'm doing an externship in the NICU this summer. We are always with a preceptor and it's only 8 hours/week. We get 9.50/hr. In this one there were around 60 applicants for 5 spots. I was told NICU is the most sought after spot for externs. I would like to continue working in this NICU as a RN as well when I graduate in December. The only requirement was to be within a year of graduation I think.
  11. by   spike111
    I am completing my sophmore year of college and I will have had two rounds of clinical experiance done. I would like to be apart of a externship and get paid this summer but live in Ohio. Does anyone know of any in Ohio that I could check on. Possibly in the Columbus area.
  12. by   SummerGarden
    My externship is for a year. It is competitive; GPA for nursing classes is what counts so C does not equal extern necessarily though C=RN. Plus it pays well (60% of new grad pay to start and promotion possibilities after six months that is 70% of new grad pay or more).

    I work full-time as an extern during Winter and Summer breaks and part-time during the school year. Thus, I am full-time now. I am in orientation but I know that my hours are very flexible in general. I am also not required to work for the hospital after I graduate. However, I have first pick of my floor as a new grad if everything goes well (that is what makes being an extern so sweet)! GL! :spin:
  13. by   CARAMELO
    :innerconfi want to apply the nurse externship in this summer, but im so nervous about the interview part, did anyone can tell me how can i be well prepare and what expectation did the interviewer looking for.

    the application also need to write an essay about "why i want to be an extern" can anyone would give me a hint what should i focus on beside my true feelingsto be an extern.

    thxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  14. by   Nurse_Diane
    I just started an externship at an outpatient Cancer Center this semester. I work 1-2 days a week and then I'll work full time all summer as an extern. After the summer and when school starts up again, I'll go back to 1-2 days per week.

    So far, I love it. I just quit my job at a local hospital as a PCA to take this position.
    No regrets so far.

    Best,
    Diane

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