Under the direct supervision of licensed personnel, the Student nurse extern (SNE) begins his/ her transition from nursing student to professional nurse. The intent of the program is to encourage growth and professionalism in nursing through mentoring. The SNE performs a variety of routine duties, while in school in an effort to gain experience and growth opportunities in the dynamic role of nursing. While in school, the SNE will assist the nursing staff in the delivery of patient care. As a direct care staff, the SNE spends the majority of his/ her time interacting with, assisting, and supporting our patients. These responsibilities may include, but is not limited to assisting with ambulating and mobilization of patients, taking and recording the patient’s vital signs (i.e., BP, Temperature, Pulse, Respirations, & O2 sat), weighing patients, assisting with personal hygiene (i.e., Oral Care, Bathing the patient, etc.), assisting with bedpans and toileting, catheter care, empty drains, turning bedridden patients or patients that need assistance with turning, linen changes, assisting with meal preparation, feeding patients, I&O, light cleaning and organizing of patients room, answering call lights, and relaying pertinent information to the nurse. Along with ensuring a safe environment, he or she develops with each individual a therapeutic relationship which is critical in the healing process.
The person in this position must be entering their senior year of the UWF BSN accredited program. The SNE works under general supervision, is responsible for various shifts, may be subject to over 40 hours per week and/or callback as required, and may also be required to remain on campus immediately before, during, and after severe weather and/or disasters.
The Student Nurse Extern will continue duties through the senior year of school and past graduation. Once the SNE passes NCLEX, The SNE has the opportunity to apply and transition into the Nurse Residency.