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, they are required to work 300 hours within
that year. Every other week, they get a check for $144 whether or not
they worked any hours that pay period. The checks will equal up to $3600
in that year. For the Externs only working half the year before graduation,
they are required to work 150 hours. They get a check for $150 every pay
period which equals to $1800. After graduation, the RN Applicant 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. Applications due
by April 11, 2017.