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Student Nurse Extern Med Surg/Telemetry

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Job ID: 169007
Category: Nursing
Work Type: PT -19 HOURS
Location: West Chester, PA, United States
Work Schedule: June-August, Full Time, September-May, E/O Weekend

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The Nurse Extern-to-RN Program is a training and mentoring program designed for students currently enrolled in an eligible BSN program who wish to pursue a nursing career at Chester County Hospital (CCH) after becoming licensed to work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The program offers advancement of clinical knowledge and skill by working directly with a CCH registered nurse. The extern will gain a greater level of self-confidence, communication, critical thinking skills, time-management skills and clinical competence through reinforcing the fundamentals of nursing education, theoretical knowledge, awareness of the role of the professional nurse and the understanding of organizational structure and operations within an acute care setting.

Externships last approximately one year and begin in June each year. Externs are paid an hourly rate and required to work full-time (35+ hours per week) during the summer and two 8 or 12 hour shifts per month during the school year. Externs may also work supplemental hours as a nursing assistant, tech, or behavioral safety assistant when these hours are available.

Externs who successfully complete the program, obtain their BSN, pass the NCLEX and become licensed in the Commonwealth of PA are guaranteed an RN position at CCH. There is no guarantee of desired shift, specialty or weekly scheduled hours (FTE). Externs who decrease their regularly scheduled hours or resign from employment voluntarily are required to reimburse some or all of the program cost


· Enrolled in good standing in an accredited Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program; and currently in the last year of study.

    • Completion of courses in med-surge nursing; and has completed at least two clinical rotations in a hospital setting.

    Current CPR certification is required

    After Completion of program

    · Employment as a CCH registered nurse is assured to the successful nurse extern after completing the Extern Program, obtaining their BSN degree and taking and passing the NCLEX and holding licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Pennsylvania.

    · At the onset of the Nurse Extern-to-RN Program, the Extern agrees to continue employment in the position of RN at CCH for a period of 18-months. There is no guarantee of shift, specialty or full/part-time status in the position as a CCH RN.


    Selection is done through posting the position on the CCH Career Website. The Talent Acquisition Specialist goes through all applicant applications and choose the top five for each department to be phone screened. If the Talent Acquisition Specialist feel they meet the qualifications for the position they then set up and interview with the Clinical Managers and Department Director to interview. The Manager and Director meet with HROD to discuss who is best candidate to be offered position. Offer is made by HROD to candidate. 

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

    Live Your Life's Work

    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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