Externships in Southern Cali?

  1. Hi I am currently getting my associates in Georgia. I am planning on moving to cali after I graduate. I will be done with my first year in the spring and want to do an externship in Cali for the summer so I can see the area and live out there vs. just moving there after I graduate in 2 years with no clue about California, the hospitals, and just the area where I want to live.

    Anyways my question is do you know of any hospitals that offer externships for assoc. RN students? I would prefer to live somewhere around Long Beach -Santa Monica area. i don't know much about California so sorry if thats a weird way of putting it. Basically that area!

    p.s if not externships what would be a job I could do in Cali this summer to get expierence and still be able to learn?

    Thanks for your time!
    -Lisa Bond
    It would be best to email me!
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  3. by   Sheri257
    If you're talking about real externships where you actually do RN duties as a nursing student ... the only way to legally do that (as far as I know) is to be enrolled in a California nursing program that has externships set up with certain local hospitals. The BRN has many rules that have to followed, including registering for a cooperative education course while you're an extern.

    If you don't follow those rules, you can get in trouble with the board. One student didn't register with co-op while they were externing, the board found out about it and that student couldn't take the NCLEX.

    As far as I know, you can only work as an aide or tech ... something where you wouldn't do RN duties. Nevertheless, you can find out a hellava lot about hospitals that way and whether certain facilities are good places to work ... or not.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Aug 29, '06
  4. by   BeccaznRN
    UCLA offers a summer externship, but you have to be a senior BSN student to qualify.

    I go to school in St. Louis but I have spent my last two summers in California (SO serves in the military out there). I lucked out by being eligible for the UCLA externship (and accepted!) this past summer, but the summer of '05 I only had one semester of nursing school under my belt and wasn't able to get any temporary jobs r/t nursing. I ended up just doing office work through a temp agency.