Quote from sasparilla
Ok, sorry to be ignorant, but what is an "externship"? How do you go about finding out if a hospital has this and what would you be doing? Does it pay money? I will also have this coming summer off before senior year of nursing school, need to work and was debating between staying on as unit secretary at the hospital (what I do now) or trying to get a job as either an aide or tech, whichever I would be qualified to do. From what I've heard at the hospital I work at, the unit secretaries job pays more!
I'd love some other ideas.:wink2:
Externships are for baccalaureate students and usually take place over a ten-week period between the junior and senior years. The student must meet qualifications for this experience (usually high GPA during nursing school). Not every BSN student qualifies. The student pays tuition to the sponsoring university for the experience and chooses the unit or specialty area. The student is then assigned a preceptor on the floor who must evaluate the student's experience. The preceptor is carefully screened according to preset criteria and must be working a fulltime schedule. The student works every shift that his or her preceptor works during this period (days, nights, weekends; usually exceeds 400 clinical hours during the 10-week period). The student is also paid by the hospital (usually at or slightly above CNA salary). The student is generally able to do everything the RN can do (per P & P exceptions, such as giving experimental or chemotherapy medications, certain procedures, etc.). Again, this is all under the careful supervision of the preceptor.
Interships are an abbreviated form of externships. Internships can be utilized for all nursing students (LPN, ADN, and BSN) and are currently much in vogue. This takes place during the last semester and usually consists of 120 clinical hours for RN students and 90 hours for LPN students. The student is paired up with a suitable preceptor and completes the required hours on a hospital unit. The student is then evaluated by the preceptor at the end of the internship experience. The student is not paid by the facility.
Both interships and externships seem, at first glance, to be the resurrection of the old "diploma school" model. The big difference, today, with renewed emphasis on work-based learning, is that this is done under the careful scrutiny and direction of university or college-based nurse educators.