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I was wondering if anyone had any insight regarding externships at Morristown Memorial, Overlook Hospital, JFK in Edison, or any other hopsital near Central or Northern NJ.

I am looking to find out what the pay is at these places and the quality of the learning experience.

Thanks!

emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

Atlantic Health (Morristown Memorial and Overlook) prefers to hire new RNs who either did an externship or had their tuition paid for by AHS (in return for a specified period of work). I did an externship last summer at Morristown and it was great. Took everything I learned in class and clinical and brought it all together. Really learned about prioritization, time management, when to yell for help (the RRT team rocks) and team work. Fine tuned my assessment skills as well. Pay was $14.5/hr plus diffs for nights and weekends.

Phenomenal experience. If you have any questions or want more details, pm or email me.

Thanks for your advice. I think I will look into Morristown then. Thanks again.

MAISY, RN-ER, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/EHR Trainer. Has 6 years experience.

St Barnabas has summer externships-you need to go to the website and check out dates. It's a great experience and again will add to your healthcare resume. I did it and loved it! Make sure you hve your paperwork and references together. Not sure what the pay is now ,but a few years ago they were paying approximately 12 per hour.

Good Luck,

Maisy;)

deemo21

Specializes in Emergency Nursing, Critical care nursing.

St Barnabas has summer externships-you need to go to the website and check out dates. It's a great experience and again will add to your healthcare resume. I did it and loved it! Make sure you hve your paperwork and references together. Not sure what the pay is now ,but a few years ago they were paying approximately 12 per hour.

Good Luck,

Maisy;)

I have an interview at SBHCS on Monday. Do you have any advice? What was the program like? What did you get to do?

MAISY, RN-ER, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/EHR Trainer. Has 6 years experience.

All I can suggest is to sell yourself! There are usually many applicants for only a few positions. I would be prepared to answer why you are the best choice for the positions, how important you believe it to be for your nursing career and the possibility of applying permanently at St Barnabas.

I can't remember what the choices were for externships...I worked in oncology and loved it! I was truly fortunate that the nurses on the floor were not only welcoming but always willing to share their patients more unusual needs. In addition, the patients and the families are the nicest of all you may encounter. I was able to do quite a bit!

All I can say is you will do alot, learn alot, and feel extremely competent when you complete this externship. It was definately worth it.

Good luck on Monday! Remember be confident (and a little pushy). Also, make sure you follow up with a note, and a phone call. Make them remember you.

Maisy;)

deemo21

Specializes in Emergency Nursing, Critical care nursing.

All I can suggest is to sell yourself! There are usually many applicants for only a few positions. I would be prepared to answer why you are the best choice for the positions, how important you believe it to be for your nursing career and the possibility of applying permanently at St Barnabas.

I can't remember what the choices were for externships...I worked in oncology and loved it! I was truly fortunate that the nurses on the floor were not only welcoming but always willing to share their patients more unusual needs. In addition, the patients and the families are the nicest of all you may encounter. I was able to do quite a bit!

All I can say is you will do alot, learn alot, and feel extremely competent when you complete this externship. It was definately worth it.

Good luck on Monday! Remember be confident (and a little pushy). Also, make sure you follow up with a note, and a phone call. Make them remember you.

Maisy;)

Thank you very much, that was helpful. I was actually offered the externship, but they do not allow externs in ICU. Very good opportunity though. :)

deemo21

Specializes in Emergency Nursing, Critical care nursing.

Atlantic Health (Morristown Memorial and Overlook) prefers to hire new RNs who either did an externship or had their tuition paid for by AHS (in return for a specified period of work). I did an externship last summer at Morristown and it was great. Took everything I learned in class and clinical and brought it all together. Really learned about prioritization, time management, when to yell for help (the RRT team rocks) and team work. Fine tuned my assessment skills as well. Pay was $14.5/hr plus diffs for nights and weekends.

Phenomenal experience. If you have any questions or want more details, pm or email me.

Did Morristown have ICU externs? What was your schedule like? What did you get to do during the externship?

I know it's too late now for Morristown externships in 2009, but for future information, MMH offers different extern position different years. Nurse managers from various floors decide whether or not to take externs each summer (and how many to take). So they might take 2 ICU externs one year and none the next. Also, this year I heard Morristown and Overlook COMBINED are only taking 25 externs.

Externs get assigned to a preceptor and work on their schedule. This usually includes some weekends (and may be a night shift, if that's when your preceptor works).

This may be a stupid question...but aren't externships just for nursing students and internships are for new graduate nurses ? Not quite clear on that while I was reading your posts.... Thanks

I've only heard of externships being granted to students beginning or in their last year of school.

I have never heard of an internship in nursing; I believe that, in the state of NJ (this being the NJ forum) there is no graduate nurse position. We need to have our RN before we can be hired. Certainly, in this economic climate, I cannot imagine a hospital would hire a graduate nurse for an intership if they must be supervised (they'd have to pay two people to do the work one RN could do) instead of waiting until the graduate nurse passes the boards.

I would look into getting an externship at a hospital you would like to work for in the future. I did an externship last summer. The pay isn't great, but now that the job market is tight, I have an advantage over other applicants. Unfortunately I didn't research all the extern positions, I would have done teh one at Robert Wood. Good Luck

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