The new Providence Nurse Extern Program is in full swing, and participants on all sides are already calling it a tremendous success. A direct introduction to Providence as a great place to be a nurse, it is more than delivering on its potential for providing 14 nursing students with hands-on clinical experience.
“This program really represents a win for the externs, Providence, and our patients,” said Nadine Eads, Perinatal Support Coordinator and coordinator of the program. “I have received nothing but positive feedback about the externs from people here at the hospital, and the students seem to be learning a lot as well.”
The 2017 Providence Nurse Extern Program is comprised of 14 nurse externs who are rising seniors or juniors at schools of nursing in the metropolitan area. The schools include Catholic University of America, Coppin State University, Howard University, Trinity Washington University, and Montgomery College. All of the externs met rigorous program eligibility and each is paired with a nurse “partner” who will help them to adapt to a “real world” clinical setting. Additionally, four professional development sessions will be offered to the externs to round out their experience.
“This has definitely made it ‘real’ for me,” said Vicki Fields, Montgomery College junior. “Within the first 36 hours, I was able to do more clinical things than I have ever done during school. It has been so eye-opening for me in so many ways.”
Vicki said when she graduates in December, Providence will be at the top of her list of places she would like to work as a nurse. “The teamwork here among nurses is amazing. In my clinical experience (in other hospitals) I always felt like a visitor. At Providence, I feel like I belong. It’s like a family.”
Complete funding for the Nurse Extern Program was provided from an anonymous Washington, DC philanthropist.