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Nurse Extern Program

Owensboro Health offers an extern program giving students hands-on experience in an exciting healthcare environment.

Your tests, lab work and late-night studies have prepared you for this opportunity: a chance to work elbow-to-elbow with some of the best nursing professionals in the business. The Owensboro Health Nurse Extern program offers you real-world healthcare experience that can help you take the next step in your career.

Our program provides a structured environment that allows you to participate directly in patient care and to hone the skills you’ll need to become a true nursing professional. And you'll earn a paycheck while you're at it!

About the Program


  • Enrollment in an accredited registered nursing program
  • Entering your last year of nursing curriculum

Skills You MAY Perform

We want you to experience the nursing profession in the most realistic setting possible, but Owensboro Health requires that certain legal and safety restrictions be followed for purposes of patient safety and  professionalism. 

Nurse externs are allowed to perform any act that is routinely part of a nursing assistant’s job description. Also, pending approval of school faculty of competency, nurse externs may also perform skills that have been taught in nursing education programs.

You must be “checked off” on these skills by Owensboro Health nursing staff before you may perform them without direct supervision in our facility.  These skills include:

  • Application of heat and cold
  • Discontinuance of IV therapy
  • Urinary catheterization (male and female)
  • Suctioning (nasotracheal, nasopharyngeal, tracheobronchial)
  • Nasogastric intubation and irrigation (lavage)
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Sterile dressing changes
  • Central line dressing change
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Insertion of needle/catheter into vein

Skills You May NOT Perform

  • Administration of medications
  • Receipt of verbal orders
  • You may not independently assume the role, function or responsibility of licensed personnel and may not substitute for licensed nursing staff.



If you have questions or need additional information regarding our Nurse Extern program, please contact us.

Kelly Morris
Nurse Recruiter
(270) 685-7708
(877) 227-3841
Michelle Kavanaugh
Nurse Recruiter
(270) 685-7739
(877) 227-3841

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