2014 Nurse Extern Program Overview


Program Date: Year-long program begins May 16, 2014 - May 1, 2015

                         Completed Application Deadline January 24, 2014

Extern Role:

Extern assignments are limited. The program allows you to work with your preceptor on development of physical assessment, patient teaching, and communication skills. The Georgia Board of Nursing does not permit Nurse Externs to give medications. Please see the attached Nurse Extern Role for activities that are within the extern’s scope of practice.

Interview Selections:

Selection for interviewing will be based on submitted application materials. Factors considered include timeliness and quality of the application package, clinical rotations, completeness of material, and Grade Point Average (transcripts should show college course work through December of 2013). To participate in the program, the nurse extern must be in good academic standing with his/her nursing school. A copy of the student’s final grades from spring semester/quarter 2014 must be submitted to Taylor Day, Nurse Recruiter, before the start of the program.

Clinical Placement:

Clinical placement will be based upon clinical rotations, identified preferences, and the interview process. Although we attempt to place students in a preferred area, we are not always able to accommodate preferences due to the volume of requests for certain areas and the limited number of positions available.

Orientation and Continuing Education:

Due to the length of the new program, there have been added educational opportunities for each extern. The longer program will also enhance relationships, thus reducing your new graduate orientation time.


The program expectation is for the Nurse Extern to be assigned a preceptor and to have the Nurse Extern follow the preceptor’s schedule. Work schedules will be determined by your Nurse Manager. Schedules may include weekend work and day or night shifts. From May-July, extern’s will be expected to work 12 hour shifts, with no more than 48 hours a pay period. Once the school year begins from August-April, the hours can be flexible with no more than 24 hours a pay period. This can include 4 & 8 hour shifts during this time.

Temporary Appointment/Compensation:

Nurse Externs are classified as PRN employees and are not eligible for benefits. Nurse Externs are eligible to receive differential pay for evenings, nights and weekends worked.

Continued Employment:

The goal of the newly designed program is to obtain and train the nurse extern to be ready for employment with NGHS, Inc. upon graduation. This will allow for reduced orientation/training time once the student has passed boards. The nurse externs that complete the program will give our organization the opportunity to hire the best of the best.