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Somerset Medical Center nurse extern program gives students “hands on" clinical experience

August 14, 2012

SOMERVILLE, NJ, Aug. 14, 2012 – Ten nursing school students recently completed Somerset Medical Center’s eight-week Nurse Extern Program, gaining “hands on” clinical experience to help their transition from students to nurses.

During the program, externs practiced clinical skills, such as recording patients’ vital signs, applying simple dressings for wounds, performing non-invasive procedures, monitoring patients’ intake and output and documenting in patients’ charts.

The students worked one-on-one with nurse mentors, participated in educational seminars and visited departments such as the cardiac catheterization lab, operating room and GI Center. Each extern conducted a 10-minute presentation for their peers, preceptors, and managers on a topic relevant to their assigned units. A special luncheon was held at the conclusion of the program.

“Somerset Medical Center is committed to advancing the nursing profession and fostering an environment of learning,” said Kathleen Cummins, MS, RN, APN-C, ACNS-BC, vice president of nursing operations at Somerset Medical Center. “Since 1994, we have been proud to offer our nurse extern program to help student nurses be better prepared for their first jobs after graduation. Our goal is to help them gain a better understanding of nursing, identify patient needs, develop critical thinking skills and learn how to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team.”

Nursing students who have completed at least two clinical courses and maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their nursing classes are eligible to participate in Somerset Medical Center’s Nurse Extern Program. For more information, contact Connie Osinski, nurse recruiter, at 908-685-2812 or e-mail

Photo caption: Somerset Medical Center’s Nurse Extern Program graduates front row, left to right:
Samantha Cembrook, of Bernardsville, Villanova University, Villanova, PA; Rachelle Abayon, of South Brunswick, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck; Nora Ames, of Titusville, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY; Henal Shah of Somerset, Rutgers University, New Brunswick; back row, left to right: John Tomasello, of Berkeley Heights, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Alexandria Reo, of Parsippany, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Kathryn Patterson of Franklin Township, Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing in Montclair, Kristen Moll, of Bridgewater, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Nicole Deak of Edison, Felician College, Lodi, NJ, and John Carley, of Bridgewater, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.