I just got a Nurse Externship at the ER of Westside Regional. They had an LPN job fair and me and my 2 friends who are all LPN to RN students came to just check it out! I was hired! My ER nurse manager loved me! I had previous ER experience working as an ER Technician at a Level 1 Trauma Center. I also brought to the table my ACLS, PALS, NRP, EVOC, and other certificates I have. I really only want to work ER right out of school, and this way I got my wish!
Once you are in your last 6 months of school, most hospitals will take you as a nurse extern, this way you are guaranteed a seat in the Critical Care or Specialty area you are interestec in Peds, ER, Icu whatever that hospital offers!
I got a retroactive scholarship
of $5000 and $2000 sign-on bonus I live in South Florida, this is good money down here! and they are giving me credit for being an LPN for 2 years and I don't have to start a the base new grad RN rate when I start! Most of my friends also got hospital scholarships
but they couldn't guarantee them the area they wanted! No thanks! Most hospitals make you sign on for 1 or two years.
I'm glad I waited and got lucky this opportunity came up! Plus I'm making LPN pay as an extern, my old hospital paid externs $9.00 an hour! Ick!
I wish you the best and I say look around subscribe to area health magazines and keep your eyes and ears open! Hospitals are so desperate! They are giving so much away, and have great preceptor programs!