Nurse Extern Program at Forrest General Hospital - Forrest Health

2022 FGH Summer Nurse Extern Program

What is a Nurse Extern program?

A joint effort between MS Council Deans & Directors and the MS Hospital Association Organization for Nurse Executives.

Purpose of the program?

  • To provide nursing students with an opportunity to enhance competencies
  • Assist nursing students to experience a typical work environment
  • Prepare nursing students to assume responsibilities of full-time RN
  • Encourage retention of nursing graduates

Nurse Extern Program Details

Any senior-level nursing student can participate in the Nurse Extern Program but must be enrolled in the Summer Nurse Extern Course offered by a School of Nursing program approved to participate in the Nurse Extern Program. Our program will begin 5/23/2022 and will end 7/29/2022. The program requires 320 hours with no overtime. Nurse Externs will wear white scrub tops and galaxy blue pants with an Employee ID badge.

Nurse Externs work the same shift as their preceptor and may only perform skills that have been validated by their Schools of Nursing. The Nurse Extern will have a paper checklist from the schools validating skills. All IV-related skills must be performed in presence of a preceptor.

An exclusion skills checklist should be with the extern, preceptor, and post in the unit. These skills CAN NOT be performed by the Nurse Extern.

Departments for Nurse Extern Program

We have expanded our areas of placement to include:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Telemetry
  • Emergency Room (ER)
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Post-Partum
  • Labor and Delivery

Have Questions? Contact Naomi Bridgers at naomi.bridgers@forrestgeneral.com.

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