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I cannot express enough how thankful I am for this externship opportunity. I have learned and grown in so many ways and would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Nurse Extern, Summer 2021

This experience was challenging, but I am so grateful for the growth that it gave way to. I feel as though I learned more in these 10 weeks than I thought was possible. My confidence in patient care and nursing responsibilities/communication increased exponentially, and with that, my ability to critically think in the moment and provide care under more stressful situations improved as well. I am so grateful for this experience!

Nurse Extern, Summer 2021

Not only did (preceptor) make me feel welcome on my unit on my first day, but she allowed me to grow and develop my nursing practice in a safe manner. Her feedback was always constructive and helped me to make the best nursing decisions. She always encouraged me to advance my practice in new skills and was open to me asking for more responsibility.

Nurse Extern, Summer 2021

I loved getting to work full-time and see what that feels like and take on the role of the nurse more than we had in the past. Being on one unit all summer helped me to get to know all the staff, the flow of the unit, etc. and I felt like a real nurse by the end.

Nurse Extern, Summer 2021

I most definitely feel confident in my ability to perform the skills I learned, provide patient care, and clinical reasoning. I am thankful for the kind nurses in my department who allowed be to learn from and follow them.

Nurse Extern, Summer 2021

This program was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am so thankful for this experience. The confidence I gained and that I now have going into my first nursing job is intangible.

Nurse Extern, Summer 2021

I just wanted to let you know how incredible of an experience the NEP has been for me.  Originally, when applying for the externship, I had not even put BJH as a preference, and I was upset for not getting any of my top three choices.  That was the best blessing in disguise.  Then, I found out from you that I was getting placed in L&D, which reassured me that this was going to be a great experience.  Fast forward 6 weeks, and I have just accepted a full-time graduate nurse position in L&D at BJH, starting after graduation in May.  I cannot believe it.  The staff and the environment at BJH is unmatched. Everyone was so welcoming to me, immediately making me feel like I belonged there.  Additionally my preceptor, Marissa Ashley, was the best preceptor I could have asked for.  She was so patient with me, always giving me feedback and constructive criticism on how to improve for next time. She was very encouraging and aided me in my eagerness to learn. I feel so much more confident in my clinical skills now. Working in L&D this summer made me realize my love and passion for caring for mothers throughout their labor journey. I am so thankful for this opportunity and to say that this externship has impacted me is an understatement. Now, I am going into my senior year of college at TCU, knowing I will be working my dream job once I graduate.  I cannot wait to start this next chapter of my nursing career.  I want to thank you and everyone involved in making this NEP possible because it truly has changed my life.

Nurse Extern, Summer 2020

I had the most amazing experience this summer! Everyone on my unit was amazing and I learned so much. By the end of the summer, I felt like a real nurse! My confidence in myself and my nursing skills grew so much! It was such a rewarding experience and I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in the externship!

Nurse Extern, Summer 2020

I know circumstances this year were particularly difficult and I'm sure I speak for all the externs when I say that I'm so glad the program was able to go forward. It was definitely a life-changing experience for me and I learned a ton. To be honest, I think I learned more during this externship than I had in any of my other clinical experiences. The program boosted my confidence and made me even more certain that nursing is the right career path for me.

Nurse Extern, Summer 2020

Because of the externship, I feel way more prepared to start my senior year. Before the externship, I really didn’t get the chance to see what a nurse did during a 12-hour shift. This externship showed me exactly what nurses do, and it made me excited to graduate! I learned an incredible amount!     

Nurse Extern, Summer 2020