Home Care Externship Program

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Home Care Externship Program

This program is ideal for student nurses who currently are enrolled in a Minnesota nursing program and have an interest in working in community based senior care. Student nurses must have successfully completed their school’s fundamental nursing course. Student interns will develop knowledge and practice in senior care that promotes an exceptional patient experience by job shadowing an experienced nursing professional, who will provide the support and guidance needed to grow professionally. 
What you will gain

  • Understanding the normal aging process versus an adverse reaction to a disease process.
  • Assisting in the development of individualized care plans that support and maintain the highest level of functioning and well-being through a multi-professional team approach that reflects the needs and choices of older adults.
  • Identifying factors (determinants of health) that affect each patient’s health and sense of well-being.
  • Understanding the family roles and dynamics that can impact senior care.
  • Utilizing critical thinking skills to identify possible causes and warning signs of health decline in older adults with health risk factors and related diagnoses.
  • Observing the variety of therapies and services offered to older adults in home care settings.
  • Understanding the roles of the primary physician in collaboration with home care nurses, home care staff, and community resources to prevent a health crisis event and decrease the risk of re-hospitalization.
  • Developing therapeutic communication skills.

The program provides externships to RN and PN students. Externships are available year round and must be completed by December 31, 2018. Externships require a minimum of 40 hours and are scheduled to match student and site availability.
You must:

  • Be enrolled in a Minnesota nursing program, preparing for registered nursing licensure or practical nursing licensure
  • Have completed two semesters of clinical nursing experience and successfully completed the Fundamentals of Nursing Course(s) prior to the internship
  • Have a satisfactory academic record

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the externship paid?
Participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a $1,000 stipend.
Where are the participating sites?
View participating sites here.
Does Ecumen provide housing or transportation?
Ecumen does not provide housing or transportation for externs to move to the site/city where they are placed. The stipend that interns are paid is to help defray costs for this educational and training experience.
Do externs get jobs at the end of the externship?
Externs may be hired on a full-time or part-time basis upon completion of their education. However, there is no guarantee of a job. The decision is the sole discretion of the placement organization based on current need.
Can I get academic credit for my internship?
Ecumen encourages students to pursue academic credit for their externship (independent study, summer course units, etc.) However, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain all necessary information regarding prerequisites and conditions for receiving academic credit. In addition, the student must provide all appropriate documents to Ecumen prior to the externship so necessary adjustments can be made to the externship experience (if possible) in order to meet all requirements of credit-granting institution

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