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Providence Health & Services Nurse Extern I - RN Residency in Walla Walla, Washington


Providence is calling a Nurse Extern I (RN Residency, Variable Shift, 0 FTE) to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

In this position you will:

  • Please note:

  • Nurse Extern are authorized to perform specific nursing functions within the limits of their education, up to their skills and knowledge, to assists nursing staff with daily care of patients by performing basic technical and non-technical tasks within scope of practice; under direction and supervision of a registered nurse who agrees to act as supervisor and is immediately available to the nursing technician.

  • Nurse Extern may only perform specific nursing functions based upon and limited to their education and when they have demonstrated the ability and been verified to safely perform these functions by the functions by the nursing program in which the nurse is enrolled. Nurse Externs are responsible and accountable for their specific nursing functions.

  • Nurse Extern may not administer chemotherapy, blood or blood products, intravenous medications, scheduled drugs, or carry out procedures on central lines; Assume ongoing responsibility for assessments, planning implementation, or evaluation of the care of patients; Function independently, act as a supervisor, or delegate tasks to licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, or unlicensed personnel; or perform or attempt to perform nursing techniques or procedures for which the nursing technician lacks the appropriate knowledge, experience, and education.

  • The knowledge base of the extern will increase as he or she progresses in their educational program, therefore, we understand that the student will be incapable of performing some of the following tasks in the beginning stages of their education.

  • Provide a.m. to p.m. care; e.g., bathes patient, provides peri-care and/or personal care; makes bed, changes gown.

  • Measure and record vital signs (temperature, pulse, and blood pressure), height and weight.

  • Measure and record fluid and food intake and output.

  • Document information following department procedure.

  • Prepare patients for meals and assists in feeding patients, if necessary.

  • Distribute water and other nourishments according to the patients' needs.

  • Prepare room and bed for receiving patient, assuring a clean and safe environment.

  • Continue to observe patient's environment to ensure safety and comfort.

  • Perform procedures such as surgical skin preparations, application of ice packs and heat, urine catherization, nasogastric tubes, dressing changes and skin staple removal.

  • Perform designation bedside lab tests as needed.

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families and staff demonstrating a positive and caring attitude.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to patient's emotional, social and mental health needs.

  • Recognize and reports abnormal signs and symptoms of common diseases and conditions.

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served on the department/unit as outlined in established procedures.

  • Adhere to department procedures and standards.

  • Adhere to standard policies as outlined in the unit related to infection control, fire and safety, hazardous chemicals, personnel policies and departmental procedures and standards.

  • Transport patients in wheelchairs and gurneys, assuring safety and comfort of patients.

  • Transport sealed, pre-packaged procedure trays that contain sharps and non-narcotic medications for the purpose of stocking rooms in the department (example - Lumbar puncture tray).


Required qualification for this position include:

  • Current enrollment in an accredited ADN or BSN program as a student in good standing. Once hired into the position, must maintain current enrollment, remain in good standing, and maintain a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • One quarter or semester of clinical rotations must be completed before date of hire into the position.

  • Current Washington State Nurse Technician Licensure required.

  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS required.

About the hospital you will serve .

Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington is a full service hospital with some of the best technology, expertise, specialists and primary care physicians in the region. We have been named the 100 top hospitals in the United States by two separate, independent research companies, Solucient and Cleverly Associates. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern region of Washington state and offers a sunny, mild climate, the benefits of living in a historic college town, outdoor activities and excellent public & private schools at all levels.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Student/Interns

Location: Washington-Walla Walla

Req ID: 313112