What kinds of things can an Extern do?

  1. I'm just wondering what is it exactly that student nurse externs do at the hospital? can anyone give a good detail.

    i know it varies from unit to unit.

    i plan to extern at a med-surg unit, is externing stressful in that unit?
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  3. by   WSU_Ally_RN
    From what I understand at our school and local hospital, anything that we are able to do in clinical situations we are able to do on our own in an externship. We can do other things, such as IV pushes or hang blood, but we must do them with our preceptor, not completely on our own. Where are you looking for an externship at? I'm applying for ones in Cleveland for this summer. Good Luck getting one!
  4. by   caroladybelle
    You need to ask someone from that facility.

    As 'nurse extern' is not a legal or licensed position, it can mean anything from the most basic care only to doing everything except meds and IVs, depending on the state/facility/unit.

    As such, what someone here says is the scope of practice, will be of little use to you, if thay are not from the exact same unit/facility/state.

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