Student Nurse Career Center
Internship, externship, or New Grad Residency; which one are you ready for? Nursing hiring managers prefer New Grad nurses with additional experience on top of nursing school clinicals. The best way to get your dream job is to start early and do your research. Start as a freshman by asking yourself, “Where do I want to live after nursing school?” Then ask yourself what type of nursing interests you or what departments you are interested in.
Do some research and find out what facilities are in you desired location. Don’t worry if you end up changing your desired location or department later. That just gives you something to discuss in your residency interview. You will sound impressive as you tell the interviewer how as a freshman you researched Springfield General Hospital for their pediatric services, but now realizing your interest leads you to the ED, SGH only has a level 4 trauma unit.
A nursing Internship usually translates to working part-time at a medical facility while you are currently enrolled in nursing school. It may or may not have a partnership with your school. Some programs will specify a minimum number of semesters completed, or other requirements, before applying to the program.
An Externship usually means “outside of school.” An externship may take place during summer break, after graduation, or while you attend school, without the partnership with your school. Internship and Externship are sometimes used interchangeably. You can earn while you learn and you may have on the job classroom and additional training as part of the programs.
New Grad Nursing Residency
Residency programs are entered only after graduation from a nursing program and are a more formal, structured type of New Grad Nurse orientation. It often includes time spent in specialty units as a well rounded experience. One very important factor to keep in mind is application deadlines. This is important for Residency programs as well as Externships. Board candidates are often given the advice, “Concentrate on studying for the NCLEX and leave the job search until after your exam.” Of course it’s important to focus NCLEX preparation however, residency programs are limited, some start shortly after graduation and may include exam preparation as part of the program.
The differences between Intern/Externships and Residency programs vary greatly between institutions and the good ones fill up fast. Start looking into opportunities and have your resume ready. Find a setting that works best for you and will help move you towards your career goals.
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