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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.

  • 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. 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.
  • 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 LCMH website here. Go to Education Department-> Click RN Extern->Submit Application & Resume.

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 or Kristy Denison at