RN Extern Program
The RN Extern Program offered at Lake Charles Memorial Health System is
for senior nursing students currently enrolled and working toward their
RN degree. It gives the student a chance to prepare themselves for a smoother
entry into the professional, hospital environment by following an experienced
RN. Under the supervision of RNs, the externs are allowed to perform certain
nursing skills after being checked off on those skills. The Extern rotates
to different departments every month, so that they may get the opportunity
to explore a variety of nursing fields to identify the best career fit
for them. Being the only full-service hospital in the Lake Charles area,
we offer many options for the Extern to choose from after graduation.
- Externs receive a stipend every two weeks equaling $3600 by the end of
the semester. Externs only working half the year before graduation, are
required to work 150 hours. Their bi-weekly stipend will equal $1800 by
the end of the semester.
- Senior nursing students are hired one or two semesters before graduation.
For the Extern hired for a full year before graduation, they are required
to work 300 hours within that year.
- After graduation, the RN applicant is required to work for LCMH full-time
for 1 year after passing boards.
Interested applicants can apply in March and October of every year on our
here. Go to Education Department-> Click RN Extern->Submit Application
Senior nursing students should look at the RN Extern Program as an ongoing
interview process. It gives them a chance to meet and work with staff
and managers on different units. We offer the student a chance to receive
more clinical experience in a hospital setting to make their transition
from student nurse to RN as smooth as possible and give them a chance
to acclimate to our hospital culture.
Questions can be directed to Nikki Galloway at
email@example.com or Kristy Denison at