EDUCATION: Completion of the course requirements for graduation from an Associate’s Degree, Diploma or Bachelor of Science program in nursing. Qualified by education, training or experience to work with the neonate, infant, toddler, pre-schooler, school-age, adolescent, adult and/or geriatric patient population as specialty assignment dictates.
EXPERIENCE: Experience in patient care as obtained through completion of an approved nursing program.
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION: All Graduate Nurse Externs are required to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). Must obtain licensure to work in the State of TN as an RN within ninety (90) days from date in position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Ability and willingness to apply nursing knowledge and skills, maintain clinical competency and meet age-specific patient needs within assigned unit.
- Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions, plan and organize work to be done, effectively record and reflect observations, react and perform under stress in emergency situations, and communicate effectively with unit personnel, medical/hospital staff, patient, family and others to ensure optimal patient care.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Constant walking and standing during assigned shift. Ability to bend, stoop, twist; assist patients in turning, assist patients in treatment room, push wheelchair patients, and assist patients in rising from and returning to wheelchair; exposure to infectious agents; hearing and visual acuity to perform tasks and receive/interpret instructions. Heavy Work – Exerting up to 150 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 75 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 30 pounds of force constantly to move objects. (May be further defined as “with assistance” or “without assistance”).