Extern Nurse Program
The Extern Program at Lake Charles Memorial Health System is for senior
nursing students currently enrolled in a registered nurse degree program.
It gives the student a chance to prepare themselves for a smoother entry
into the professional hospital environment. Under the supervision of experienced
RNs, Externs are allowed to perform certain nursing skills (after being
trained and educated on those skills). Externs rotate to different departments
every month, giving them the opportunity to explore a variety of nursing
fields to identify the best career fit for them. As the only full service
community hospital in Southwest Louisiana, Memorial offers many different
nursing options for the Extern to choose from when they graduate.
Senior nursing students should look at the Extern Program as an ongoing
interview process. It gives them a chance to get to know the staff and
managers on the different nursing units, to get more clinical experience
in a hospital setting, to make their transition from student nurse to
RN Applicant as smooth as possible and to acclimate to our hospital culture.
Externs receive a stipend every two weeks. Senior nursing students are
hired one or two semesters before graduation. For Externs hired for a
full year before graduation are required to work 300 hours within that
year. Externs working half the year before graduation are required to
work 150 hours. After graduation, the RN Extern is required to work for
Memorial full-time for at least one year after passing boards.
Interested applicants can apply in March and October of every year on our
Applications can be completed online at www.lcmh.com. Questions can be emailed to Nikki Galloway
firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristy Denison
email@example.com. Lake Charles Memorial's Senior Student Extern Program is accepting
applications starting in MARCH for students graduating in December 2017
and May 2018.