While in in Nursing school almost everyone thinks by applying for and working as a nurse externship is the best way to go about getting your feet in the door but what they don't understand is that since that position doesn't necessary guaranteed you getting your first nursing job for some hospitals, it can actually hurt you when you apply elsewhere. What makes this statement a fact ? you wonder. Well I am starting to think the hospitals that are not giving their nurse externs a RN positions is hurt your career since employers now are looking for anything that seems questionable , first they are going to wonder if even the hospital you did an externship at didn't hire you, why should we? There can be so many reason why a nurse extern did not get an offer; first it could of been that you interview skills are not up to par, or the hospital decide to become a magnate hospital while you only have a ASN, or it maybe that you are not in the in crowd of who knows who, and so many other things can play a part.
But all I can say to all the hospitals that are giving nursing students a chance to work as a CNA but call it nurse externship should consider that it takes a very dedicated person to do such jobs, please take that in consideration and change your policies on not hiring on your muse externs because it only hurts us not helping at all.
Externships (student nurse associates, patient intern) are jobs in a hospital while in nursing school. Most hospitals like to hire new grads that are currently employees working as a (insert student nurse job title) because they are a known quantity in the hospital. Other hospitals are not going to look at you negatively. More than likely the job that you were doing while in nursing school could have been filled with a non-nursing student but they set aside those jobs to allow you to get exposure to nursing at a hospital in the hopes that they can keep you as an RN. If you got an externship in ICU at hospital A and then applied for a job as an RN at Hospital B, even though your work experience wasn't at Hospital B, your ICU knowledge that you gained is an asset to Hospital B over experience as a cna at a nursing home. But, like a previous poster said, if you did not do a good job in your externship and they didn't hire you then that is a problem for Hospital B.
Also, if they have 10 students graduating in May and they have only 5 slots for new grads in June, then the other 5 students have to find jobs at other hospitals. They may have been excellent workers, but the other 5 had experience in the unit that they got RN jobs in while working as an student. For example, if I am working in surgery while in nursing school and when I graduate there is an opening for a new grad in surgery. More than likely they will hire me over a student working on a med-surg floor and the reverse is true also.
Last edit by Don1984, RN on Jul 9, '13