In addition to the day-to-day activities with the APNs, student externs visit with representatives from the Alzheimer's Association, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, and the Arkansas Improvement Performance Program.
The program provides student externs with other special opportunities that may vary from year to year.
The externs accompany this APN during rounds of nursing home residents and discuss referral practices with him.
Most externs indicated that their externships greatly contributed (34.5%) or somewhat contributed (48.7%) on improving their teaching or school responsibility.
Externs could check all skills that applied, which resulted in 1063 total responses.
Similarly, 101 externs (83.5%) indicted greater recognition in connecting school to business.
A second example: a multiple location health system provided a consistent clinical coach to the extern
but no tuition support.
Our facility employs Nurse Externs for the summer months, during holidays, vacations, and during the school year if a continued commitment is given.
All Nurse Externs must resign from the program when they are no longer a student in a Nursing Program; when they graduate from school; or when they can not maintain our minimum hours of employment (16 hours a week).
Externs, who ranged in age from 19 to 55 years, were primarily women (six were men).
DESIGN OF THE EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM This eight-week program had the following objectives: a) increase clinical exposure to acute care areas; b) challenge students to think critically while having a holistic perspective toward patient care; c) foster relationships between nursing students and RN role models; d) enhance socialization into the culture of nursing; e) provide opportunities for externs to select the areas in which they wish to practice as professionals; f) introduce externs to a realistic clinical employment setting, thus promoting a better transition from student to professional nurse; and g) allow for networking opportunities while still a student (Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, 2008).
Program is a job shadow experience that has existed since 1984, with more than 4,000 students having participated and learned career skills in a professional work environment.