Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Become A Nurse Extern

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Nurse Extern

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Nurse Extern Do

The Nurse Extern is a nursing student working under the supervision of a registered nurse. They help patients with hygiene and dressing, and they learn how to provide patient care.

How To Become A Nurse Extern

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

Show More

Show Less

Nurse Extern jobs

Add To My Jobs

Nurse Extern Career Paths

Nurse Extern
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Clinical Pharmacist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Home Health Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Show More

Nurse Extern Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    84.1%
  • Male

    13.2%
  • Unknown

    2.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.5%
  • Asian

    8.8%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
Show More

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    50.3%
  • French

    9.4%
  • Chinese

    4.5%
  • Mandarin

    4.1%
  • Tagalog

    3.9%
  • Portuguese

    3.2%
  • Korean

    3.0%
  • German

    2.8%
  • Russian

    2.6%
  • Cantonese

    2.6%
  • Hindi

    2.4%
  • Vietnamese

    1.9%
  • Filipino

    1.7%
  • Arabic

    1.7%
  • Italian

    1.5%
  • Polish

    1.1%
  • Japanese

    0.9%
  • Gujarati

    0.8%
  • Khmer

    0.8%
  • Bengali

    0.8%
Show More

Nurse Extern

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Nurse Extern Education

Nurse Extern

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Top Skills for A Nurse Extern

VitalSignsRNIVEmergencyRoomMedicationAdministrationEKGICUADLTelemetrySurgeryMedical-SurgicalDailyLivingActivitiesPatientCarePlansNeonatalIntensiveCareBloodPressurePatientAssessmentsBloodGlucoseEmergencyDepartmentHeartCriticalCare

Show More

Top Nurse Extern Skills

  1. Vital Signs
  2. RN
  3. IV
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted RN's in providing bedside care including obtaining vital signs, bathing and ambulating patients.
  • Completed my internship with Honors.
  • Assisted nurses with basic nursing procedures Maintained safe and comfortable environment for patients Assisted patients with activities of daily living
  • Utilized nursing knowledge, Emergency Room experience, and newly acquired cardiac knowledge to provide well versed care
  • Educated about health maintenance, medication administration and side effects.

Top Nurse Extern Employers