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Nurse Extern Program

Nurse Extern Scholarship Program at Independence Health System

Are you a Nursing Student who is looking for an amazing opportunity to work with nurses beyond your normal clinical experiences? If you are a rising senior and would like to experience nursing as an extern in a clinical setting while enjoying a community feel, then Independence Health System is for you! Applications are being accepted for the upcoming semester. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

By joining the Nurse Extern Scholarship Program, you will develop:

  • Clinical confidence
  • Delegation techniques
  • Priority setting skills
  • Clinical decision-making skills
  • Patient and care team communication skills
  • Valuable professional relationships

As a Nurse Extern, you will have the opportunity to shadow and be trained by a Registered Nurse while gaining valuable experience within a variety of practice settings.

Nurse Extern opportunities available in the following areas:

  • Acute Medical/Surgical
  • Cardiac Telemetry
  • Step Down Units
  • Progressive Care Units

As a Nurse Extern, you will perform a variety of patient care tasks under the delegation of a Registered Nurse and will also participate in the Nursing Professional Practice Model by being involved with unit-based committees and improvement teams and other facets of nursing outside of patient care. Other areas of enhanced development include:

  • Assisting with coordination and implementation of the plan of care
  • Performing ostomy care, dressing changes, tube feedings, enemas and bladder catheterization
  • Taking and recording patient's vital signs, including pulse oximetry, pain level screen and bedside glucometer testing
  • Performing 12-lead electrocardiograms
  • Documenting patient input/output

In this 16-week, paid externship position you will work a minimum of 32 hours per month in conjunction with a Registered Nurse preceptor, clinical educator, Nursing Supervisor, or Clinical Director

Upon completion of the program, you will receive a scholarship in the form of tuition reimbursement to be applied to the cost of tuition and fees for the school year.

Click here to apply for the Nurse Extern Scholarship program.