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What Is a Nurse Extern and How to Become One

What Does a Nurse Extern Do?

The duties and responsibilities of a nurse extern ultimately depend on their level of experience. A nurse extern typically works in a hospital or another health care setting and is usually a student who is close to completing their nursing program. Working as an extern allows you to develop the practical and clinical skills that you need once you get your nursing license and are officially working as a nurse. You often do patient work and assist the nurses in your department.

What Are the Qualifications to Get a Nurse Extern Job?

To become a nurse extern, you need to attend nursing school. Nurses pursuing both associate and bachelor’s degree programs may need to complete an externship as a requirement to graduate. The qualifications needed to become a nurse extern typically include completing all of the required courses in anatomy, microbiology, nutrition, physiology, chemistry, and psychology. Nursing students usually do their externship during their last year of nursing school, most often during their final semester. It is an opportunity for you to see what the job of a nurse is like while working to improve your practical and clinical skills.