• Nurse Extern

    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Days, Evenings, Nights, Varies/Rotating
    Float Pool Nursing
  • Overview

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    We’re a Little Different


    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


    At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.


    Responsibilities and Qualifications

    Basic Purpose:

    In accordance with the Missouri Board of Nursing Guidelines of employment of nursing students and non-licensed graduates, this position description describes the responsibilities and restrictions of the nurse extern.


    General Statement:


    Prior to employment, the nurse extern shall provide competency skill lists from their learning institution and proof of completion of one semester from an accredited school of nursing or provide proof of graduation from an accredited school of nursing and has scheduled for the appropriate state nursing licensing exam. This program is for nursing students only, if a student leaves a program for any reason, they can no longer be a nurse extern.


    Prior to performing any nursing skill independently; 1) the skill must have been taught in thenursing program or 2) signed completed by a preceptor employed by Mercy in the orientation checklist. By checking off and dating, the preceptor insures the extern understands the care of the specific patient type, the correct performance of the following skills and use of equipment. The extern will be able to verbalize appropriate use of equipment and demonstrate or discuss how to perform technical skills safely, effectively, efficiently, legally, and in accordance with applicable policies, procedures (Lippincott), and standards of care. 


    Because you’re committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That’s why you’ll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:


    Skills the Nurse Extern/Tech MAY NOT PERFORM


    1.Administer medication of any types by any route which includes topical, bedside medications, IV hep-flush, IV fluids, and blood products, change IV tubing, or hang primary, subsequent or secondary piggy backs.

    1. Initiate or Perform Admission Data Base, 24 Hours RN Assessment or Focused Care Assessment.
    1. In regards to central venous catheters which includes multi-lumen, PICC Line, and Implantable devices such as Hickman or port-a-cath the Extern MAY NOT :
    2. Access for any reason
    3. Draw blood sample
    4. Hang any type of fluid
    5. Change Tubing’s
    1. Hang, Monitor or Change Tubing on TPN Therapy, Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), or Epidural Therapy.
    1. Participate in Narcotic Count or Wastage.
    1. Initiate Restraints
    1. Act in a Supervisory Position
    1. Take, Write, or Note Orders of any type from physician or provider.
    1. Develop or document on the plan of care.


    Additional Responsibilities

    1. Attends all Mandatory In-services.
    2. Maintain Current CPR Certification
    3. Adheres to all OSHA Standards regarding appropriate safety regulation and procedures.
    4. Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols with no documentation violations.
    5. Accurate complete clocking transactions.
    6. Demonstrate ability to work professionally with co-workers and function as a team player.
    1. Demonstrate ability to accept Constructive Criticism from Supervisor.
    2. Demonstrate ability to abide by all work rules.

    Maintain a Positive Attitude and Influence with environment at all times


    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.


    What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


    Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.

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