Mt Gretna, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 93306

Nurse Extern - Psychiatric Nursing Philhaven Extended Program - day/eve

Suzanne Wolf
Suzanne Wolf
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Seasonal Nurse Extern Program


Our Seasonal Extern programs offer opportunities for continuous development of clinical skills throughout the student nurse’s senior year. 


  • Schedule options:
    • Extended:  Minimum:  1, 8-hour shift/ 2 weeks (additional hours can be picked up as schedule permits)
      • Units available:  Child Adolescent Inpatient or Adult Inpatient
    • Mini:  Minimum:  48 hours over winter break (additional hours can be picked up as schedule permits)
      • Units available:  Child Adolescent Inpatient or Adult Inpatient
  • Orientation flexible with school schedule
  • Work 1:1 with an experienced RN preceptor.
  • Paid clinical experience
  • PA Child Abuse & FBI fingerprint clearances required
  • Must submit professional resume in addition to the online application
  • Unofficial transcripts required prior to start of program
  • Valid and active AHA or ARC BLS certification


Complete your nurse externship as part of a multidisciplinary team of collaborative professionals!


  1. Discover the rewarding field of psychiatric nursing
  2. Welcoming environment for nurses externs with a supportive learning environment
  3. Supporting change within the lives of a vulnerable population


 Who we serve…

Adults, children and adolescents needing inpatient services who have significant difficulty functioning in their homes, employment or communities. They may also be at high risk for harming themselves and/or others. They may be unable to attend to normal routines or expectations due to depression, anxiety or other mental health problems.


What we do…

Multidisciplinary inpatient treatment teams direct and implement the individualized care for each person.


Job Description:

Under supervision of the registered nurse, and as a fully functioning member of the patient care team, provides direct care to patients by performing a variety of duties, including assisting with data collection, provision of care, completion of selected therapeutic interventions, and documentation of care provided for a specified group of patients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides information needed by the registered nurse to coordinate the care and discharge planning for the patient and family.
  2. Provides general nursing care and personal care assistance to patients, including bathing, dressing, eating, changing bed linens and bed pans and positioning.
  3. Assists in the preparation and transportation of patients for tests, procedures, etc.
  4. Monitors patient condition levels; reports changes to the appropriate individuals.
  5. Obtains and documents patient vital signs, including temperature, blood pressure, weight, respiration, pulse, pain, and department-specific requirements.
  6. Performs selected procedures if demonstrated competency during formal Nurse Extern Program
  7. Sets up and removes equipment and supplies; ensures equipment is functioning properly and stored appropriately.
  8. Runs special errands as required. Responds to light calls.
  9. Ensures patient rooms, nursing areas, supply carts, etc. are stocked with appropriate items at required levels.
  10. Maintains par levels of supplies and equipment on assigned unit(s). Notifies supervisor when reorder points are reached.



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