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Externs help hospitals with nurse shortage

Oct 14, 2021


Photo above: Nursing extern students Laura Saunders and Ivan Zhang

 by Fram Dinshaw

SOURCE: Faculty of Health Sciences

At first glance, Laura Saunders is just another nurse checking vital signs and helping turn over patients on the stroke ward at Hamilton General Hospital.

She is one of 87 nursing students from McMaster University currently working as externs in Hamilton’s two hospital systems, helping with the hospital nursing shortage during the pandemic, while offering a pathway to full-time work after graduation.

The externships are paid roles for the students to supplement their work experience while finishing their program, but the work is not counted as part of their academic training.

Read the complete story at: FHS website

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