Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Summer Student Nurse Externship Program
Application deadline: February 1, 2019POSITION SUMMARY: A 10-week summer extern program which provides undergraduate Baccalaureate and Associates degree nursing students with an educational opportunity to improve their nursing skills in a clinical setting while providing summer employment. As a Student Nurse Extern, you will be introduced to an environment that fosters excellence in all areas of nursing. Under the supervision of a clinical coach (Registered Nurse), externs will provide direct patient care, gaining hands-on experience and enhancing assessment skills. Educational in-services opportunities will be presented throughout the 10-week program to further supplement the learning process. Each extern will be assigned a project that enhances nursing practice within the organization. This project will be presented at the end of the 10 week program to nursing staff and leaders. In addition externs will be involved in community events such as Adventures in Healthcare and volunteering in the community.
• Candidates must be able to commit to working a full 36-40 hours per week.
• Weekend and evening rotations will be required based on department needs.
• Externs will be expected to be available and present for all 10 weeks of the program.
• Candidates must have their own source of transportation to assigned community rotations.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
• Must be enrolled in an Accredited Associates Degree or Bachelors of Science Nursing program
• Must be in good standing in the School of Nursing
• Attain senior status the Fall of 2019
• Active and in good standing Maine CNA License Required or eligible to obtain.
• BLS required.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: legible handwriting and other skills as outlined in unit based orientation. Age specific competency certification.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Capacity to concentrate in a busy and often stressful environment. Ability to come in close contact with people. Sitting, and extended periods of standing and walking are required. Stretchers, monitors, pumps are moved several times a day to accommodate patient and equipment transfers. Reaching and stretching may be required at any time. Ability to push and pull heavy computers on wheels; push wheelchairs with 300+ pound patients, frequently lifting 50 pounds without assistance; high volume of stooping, bending, lifting, pulling and twisting. Must be able to stretch, reach, and retrieve equipment from the supply carts of bend to reach equipment supplied below knee level. Must possess upper body strength, agility and lung capacity necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and have the ability to wear protective equipment and to pass fit testing. Portable O2 tanks are lifted from O2 racks to stretchers to accompany patients. Use of the electronic medical record requires visual acuity for reading information on computer screens and fine motor skills for keyboarding and use of a mouse.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Fast paced clinical environment. Participation in unit specific and hospital wide activities that promote self and staff development. Participation in the development of unit specific strategic goals that assist with the fulfillment of the Eastern Maine Medical Center mission and vision. Must have a high level of interpersonal and communication skills and be a demonstrated team player. Must demonstrate reliability and accountability to team members and patients.
IMPORTANT NEXT STEPS:
In order for your application to be considered complete you must email the following to Carrie Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline. Please make sure to indicate your name in the subject line of the email.
A letter of interest to include an introduction, statement of student objectives, a description of what professional nursing means to you, a description of experience of care-giving and any other relevant degrees or employment. Answer the following questions:
1.) Describe your first hands-on clinical experience in nursing school. What fears did you have? What surprised you the most? What were you most proud of?
2.) Describe the last time you made a mistake or experienced failure. What did you learn and what steps have you taken to ensure it won't happen again?
Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.