Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Student Nurses Complete Extern Program

August 17, 2011
Nine student nurses recently graduated from Somerset Medical Center’s eight-week externship program where they gained extensive clinical patient care experiences. 

During their time at the medical center, each nurse extern was paired with one or two registered nurse preceptors that served as mentors. The nurse externs reinforced their clinical skills, such as obtaining patients’ vital signs, applying simple dressings for wounds, performing non-invasive procedures, monitoring patients’ intake and output, documenting in patients’ charts. 

“The Nurse Extern program is one of the most valued programs at the medical center for mentoring the next generation of registered nurses,” said Kathleen Cummins, MS, RN, APN-C, ACNS- BC, vice president of nursing operations at Somerset Medical Center. “It also provides an opportunity for our staff to hear what is happening in nursing education since the nurse externs come from multiple academic sites.” 

“The nurse extern program provides student nurses extensive, real-life clinical experience that they do not get from the classroom,” added Rhonda Lane, RN, nurse educator and co-facilitator of the Nurse Extern Program. “By having one of Somerset Medical Center’s Magnet® nurses as their preceptors, they are given valuable mentorship for the summer.” 

Nursing students who have completed at least two clinical courses and maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their nursing classes are eligible to participate in Somerset Medical Center’s Nurse Extern Program.

For more information about the Nurse Extern Program at Somerset Medical Center, contact Connie Osinski, nurse recruiter, at 908-685-2812 or e-mail cosinski@somerset-healthcare.com. Information for the 2012 program will be available in December.