Nursing Externship vs regular RN job

  1. Currently I am a student working on my Masters in Nursing (with no prior RN degree, experience) I was wondering if there is any one here that can explain to me what a RN externship/residency is? Are these offered to students that are wanting specific specialization? I want to get into a job after I graduate at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Just wondering what the transition process is for student nurses and if anyone here have done the internship transition programs?
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  3. by   cocoa_puff
    To answer your question...a nurse externship can vary from student nurses working in a CNA type role, to student nurses basically being paired with a registered nurse and getting to help with nursing skills that they are legally allowed to perform. I've never been in one, I just worked as a CNA/tech as a student. I have seen externships offered in various specialties. It seems like a good way for a student to get their foot in the door. These are for students who have not graduated nursing school yet, and often are one year from graduation.

    A nurse residency is usually for new grad RNs to orient them to the RN role and help them transition from student nurses to registered nurses. Some hospitals have year long residency programs that pair classroom teaching with orientation on the floor.

    I don't know the transition process as I am not familiar with that hospital, but I would assume that if you started as a extern, then got hired as an RN, you would still go through the normal orientation/residency program for new grads since you would still be a new grad...who had the opportunity to already work at the hospital.

    Hope this helps!
  4. by   curiousdp
    Thank you. Yes this defiantly helped my confusion! You did an awesome job explaining it.
  5. by   cocoa_puff
    You're welcome! Best of luck!

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Nursing Externship vs regular RN job