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Nurse Externship Summer 2010 What is a Nurse Extern? The Inova summer nurse externship program is an employment opportunity for well-qualified nursing students to work in collaboration with an RN preceptor in either an acute care hospital setting or an outpatient clinical setting.

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nurse externship

Nurse Externship

Summer 2010

what is a nurse extern
What is a Nurse Extern?
  • The Inova summer nurse externship program is an employment opportunity for well-qualified nursing students to work in collaboration with an RN preceptor in either an acute care hospital setting or an outpatient clinical setting.
  • Nurse Externs work along side their preceptor learning patient-care flow, nursing unit routine, documentation, physical assessment and a variety of technical skills.
  • Nurse Externs have an opportunity to be a member of the health care team that includes but is not limited to: RNs, physicians, unit secretaries, care team assistants/technicians, respiratory therapists and OT/PT.
medication administration
Medication Administration


Nurse Externs may research and discuss all aspects of medications with their preceptor and physicians however the scope of the Nurse Extern role does not include the administration of medications.

The Nurse Extern role is summer employment and, although the program will greatly enhance your clinical education, this position is not the same as a nursing school clinical where a nursing student is allow to administer medications under the direct supervision of the clinical instructor or preceptor.

  • Enrollment in an accredited academic program with the goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
  • Completion of an acute care hospital based clinical rotation (does not include long-term care)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
application process
Application Process
  • Complete an online employment application on Inova Health System’s career site.
  • Click on the link
  • If you encounter any troubles with the application, please contact us.
  • Submit the following:


Official Transcripts

Essay “Why I would want to be an Inova Nurse Extern”

(500 word minimum)

CPR Certification (must be AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider)

Letter of Reference from Clinical Instructor

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Application Process con’t
  • Please forward your application materials with cover letter to:

Laura Geisen, RN, BSN

Nurse Extern Recruiter

c/o Inova Health System Human Resources 8110 Gatehouse Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

  • The recruiter will match your submission to the online application. Once all application components are received and reviewed, you will be contacted by the Nurse Extern Recruiter.
  • You must submit BOTH the on-line application and required application materials.
application deadline
Application Deadline
  • Application Deadline for all application materials is January 30, 2010.
  • Applicants who meet all requirements and who have submitted a completed application for the nurse extern program will be interviewed for the externship.
  • All applications received after 1/30/10 will be considered on a space available basis.
interview process
Interview Process
  • All externs will be interviewed by the Nurse Extern Recruiter and/or a member of the Department of Professional Practice.
  • All interviews will be completed before placement decisions are made.
  • All interviews will be completed by March 5, 2010.
  • All Candidates will be notified with written offer for a Nurse Extern position and clinical placement no later than March 19, 2010.
  • There may be a lag between the time of your interview and written notification of an offer. Please do not hesitate to contact the nurse extern recruiter with any questions you may have during this time!
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Interview Process con’t

Once an online application is received, an email greeting will be sent outlining the application process (also detailed in this presentation) and required documents.

Once the following are received, the nurse extern recruiter will call to schedule an interview.

Online Application


Official Transcripts


All application parts must be received no later than

January 30, 2010.

tips for successful interview
Tips for Successful Interview

This is a job interview:

Be prepared:

  • To talk about your clinical/work experience including prior experience that may be applicable to the nurse extern program
  • To provide specific examples of successes or challenges that you have faced in your nursing career thus far
  • To discuss the professional practice of nursing
  • Dress for success, professional attire recommended
clinical placement in the externship
Clinical Placement in the Externship
  • During the interview process, candidates will have an opportunity to discuss clinical areas of interest as well as hospitals for placement in the extern program.
  • The goal of the extern program is to match a nurse extern to a clinical area that will enhance learning, provide exposure to a desired area and could be congruent with goals for a new graduate position, however placement in a particular area cannot be guaranteed due to the large number of applicants.
  • To be considered for an externship in a specialty area, clinical experience in that area is preferred. i.e., if you would like to be considered for placement in Critical Care Units, completion of a Medical Surgical clinical rotation or work experience is desired.
externship start date
Externship Start Date

June 7 -August 14, 2010

May 26 New Hire Employment Processing

June 7-Inova New Orientation

June 8-10 Clinical Orientation

June 11- Welcome Reception at Hospitals

June 11-August 14 Working in clinical area with RN Preceptor

Mid Summer and Final Reception to be announced

observational opportunities available during the summer externship
Observational Opportunities Available During the Summer Externship
  • Educational/observational opportunities are available to Nurse Externs. Listed below are several offered at various times throughout the summer.

*Cardiac Surgery Observation at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute

*EKG interpretation

*Pediatric Department at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children

*Wound Treatment Center with Hyperbaric Chamber at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

mid summer and final receptions
Mid-Summer and Final Receptions
  • The Mid Summer Reception with Inova Health System’s recruitment team will provide Nurse Externs an opportunity to explore continued employment after the summer program ends as well as gaining information about new graduate fellowships and employment.
  • It is also be an opportunity to let us know how the summer is going.
  • The Final Reception is our opportunity to thank each Nurse Extern for choosing Inova Health System’s Externship as well as recognizing Nurse Extern Preceptors and Managers.
  • This is also the opportunity for every Nurse Extern to provide feedback on our program! Every opinion counts and we consider each one to shape the future of Inova Health System’s Nurse Externship!!
  • These are both a required part of the Nurse Extern Program.
clinical areas available for placement as a nurse extern
Clinical Areas Available for Placement as a Nurse Extern
  • Most clinical areas are available for placement, though opportunity in specific disciplines (L&D, peds, ED) can be quite competitive.
  • The next several slides give a quick overview of each hospital and the clinical areas that are available for placement.
inova health system overview
Inova Health System Overview
  • Inova Health System is a not-for-profit health care system based in Northern Virginia that consists of five hospitals and other healthcare services, including emergency and urgent care centers, home health care, long term care, mental health and blood donor services, as well as community health education.
  • Inova Health System (IHS) started in 1956 as the Fairfax Hospital Association. It became Inova Health System in the 1980’s and continues to grow as an organization serving our surrounding communities. IHS is the largest non-government employer in Fairfax County with over 16,000 employees.
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Inova Health System Overview
  • IHS is comprised of 5 hospitals
      • Inova Fairfax Hospital ( campus includes Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute)
      • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
      • Inova Loudoun Hospital
      • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
      • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • IHS also has 7 free standing Emergency Care/Urgent Care facilities
      • Springfield Healthplex
      • Fairfax Emergency Care Center
      • Reston Emergency Care Center
      • Centerville Urgent Care Center
      • Vienna Urgent Care Center
      • Dulles South Urgent Care Center
      • Purcellville Urgent Care Center
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Inova Health System Overview
  • IHS also has 3 Long Term Care Facilities
    • Inova Cameron Glenn located in Reston
    • Inova Commonwealth Care Center located in Fairfax
    • Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located in Leesburg

IHS has a thriving Home Health and Community Health Education division where nurses play an integral role everyday!

inova alexandria hospital
Inova Alexandria Hospital

Inova Alexandria Hospital is a 318-bed community hospital that offers a full range of health care services. For 137 years, Inova Alexandria Hospital has provided high-quality medical care and innovative technology to it’s diverse community.

Clinical Areas at Inova Alexandria include:

Emergency Department

Critical Care Department

Medical Surgical ICU

Cardiovascular ICU

Intermediate Care Unit North

Intermediate Care Unit South

TWIG (short stay telemetry)

Medical Surgical Units

Unit 21 Renal Medicine and Oncology

Unit 23 Medical

Unit 28 Surgical Telemetry

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Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Women and Children’s Services

Labor and Delivery


(Inova Alexandria is home to one of Inova Health System’s two Level III NICUs)

Post Partum (3OB)


  • Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit and Endoscopy
  • Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology (observational experience available)
inova fairfax hospital
Inova Fairfax Hospital

Inova Fairfax Hospital is a 833-bed tertiary care hospital, which is home to Northern Virginia's only Level 1 trauma center for treating the most critically injured patients and the nation's fifth busiest obstetrics program. It also is one of only six community hospitals in the nation offering organ transplantation. Inova Fairfax Hospital is also the first hospital in our system to achieve and maintain Magnet status.

Clinical areas available at Inova Fairfax Hospital include:

  • Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Critical Care

Medical Surgical ICU

Trauma ICU

Neuroscience ICU

Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)

  • Operating Room Service

Ambulatory OR and Post Anesthesia Recovery Room

Endoscopy Lab (GE Lab)

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Inova Fairfax Hospital con’t
  • Medical Surgical Units
      • Tower 10 East Renal Endocrine, Telemetry, and Hemodialysis
      • Tower 10 West-Short Stay Telemetry
      • Tower 9 Medical and Oncology
      • Tower 8 Medical
      • Tower 7 East-Surgical
      • Tower 7 West-Surgical Telemetry
      • Tower 6 Orthopedic Surgical
      • Tower 4 Neuroscience and Stroke Unit
  • Psychiatry
    • In-patient psych unit
    • CATS-treatment of patients with chemical dependence
    • Inova Kellar Center-treatment of pediatric and adolescent emotional issues (observational opportunity).
inova fairfax hospital for children
Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children

Northern Virginia's only pediatric tertiary-care center, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. The pediatric cardiac surgery program at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, founded in 1988, is Northern Virginia's only pediatric tertiary care center, encompassing the full spectrum of pediatric cardiovascular care. Inova's pediatric cancer program is closely integrated with the Inova Fairfax Hospital Cancer Center, our 20-bed pediatric oncology unit is dedicated to the care of children with suppressed immune systems and other complications resulting from cancer or its treatment.

Clinical areas available at IFHC include:

  • Labor and Delivery
  • NICU (Level III)
  • Family Centered Care
  • Pediatric Medical Surgical
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Adolescence Medical Surgical
  • PICU
  • High Risk Perinatal
  • Women’s GYN and Surgical Unit
  • Women’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Inova Cares Clinic for Children
inova heart and vascular institute
Inova Heart and Vascular Institute

The Inova Heart and Vascular Institute opened in October of 2004. This state-of-the art facility provides patients a focused approach to cardiac and vascular care. Our primary objective is to be recognized as one of the top ten heart and vascular hospitals in the country.

Clinical areas available at IHVI include:

  • Cardiac Telemetry
  • Cardiac Step-down
  • PCCU
  • CCU
inova fair oaks hospital
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is a 182-bed community hospital serving the rapidly growing Northern Virginia suburbs . IFOH provides a full range of services and is our newest hospital to receive Magnet Designation from the ANCC. A distinction only 15 hospitals in Virginia share to include Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Clinical areas available at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital include:

  • Emergency Department
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Telemetry
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Operating Room
  • Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU)
  • Endoscopy Lab (also known as GE Lab)
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Post Partum
  • NICU (Level II)
  • Pediatrics
inova loudoun hospital
Inova Loudoun Hospital

Inova Loudoun Hospital is a 155 bed full service community hospital. ILH has been providing the residents of Loudoun County with a long standing tradition of quality healthcare available since 1912.

Clinical areas available at Inova Loudoun Hospital include:

  • Emergency Department
      • Loudoun Hospital
      • Loudoun Hospital Pediatric ED
      • Cornwall Campus (Emergency Care Center)
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Telemetry Unit
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • The Birthing Inn
    • Labor and Delivery (observation only)
    • Post Partum
    • NICU (Level III is observation only)
    • Pediatrics
  • Post Anesthesia Recovery Room (PACU is part of Surgical/OR Services)
  • Cardiac Interventional Radiology Lab (Cath Lab in the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute)
inova mount vernon hospital
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital is a 232-bed community hospital and is home to both the Inova Joint Replacement Center and the Inova Rehabilitation Center. IMVH provides a wide range of services, including cancer, emergency, psychiatric, hyperbaric oxygen and wound healing as well as dialysis care.

Clinical areas available at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital include:

  • Emergency Department
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Intermediate Care Unit
  • Operating Room Services
    • Post Anesthesia Recovery Room
    • Endoscopy Lab
  • Medical Surgical


3B-Medical Oncology

4A-Surgical Joint Replacement


5A-Rehabilitation (head injury)

5B-Rehabilitation (spinal cord injury)

opportunities after the externship
Opportunities After the Externship
  • The Nurse Extern Program not only provides on the job experience, it serves as a recruitment program as well. To provide our patients with the highest quality care, we are looking for the best and the brightest!
  • By working within Inova Health System and experiencing the growth opportunities in our organization, we hope that you will continue to grow your nursing career with us!
questions and answers
Questions and Answers

We appreciate your interest in Inova Health System’s

Nurse Extern Program.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Nurse Extern Recruiter with any questions you may have.

Thank you!!