Eleven USC Upstate Nursing Students Gain Real-Life Experience At St. Francis Hospital

July 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate is leading the way at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System nursing extern program. Eleven nursing students from USC Upstate were accepted into the eight-week nursing extern program, where they are gaining real-life experience.

Eighty applicants from different colleges applied to the St. Francis nursing extern program and only 24 were accepted. Out of those 24 students, 11 were from USC Upstate. Each USC Upstate nursing student is eager and excited to be gaining experience they need to become notable nurses.

“I want to be able to see real nursing situations and have one-on-one time between just the patient and me,” said Sarah Wasserman, USC Upstate nursing student. “I am ready to apply all the skills I am learning in class to a real-world setting.”

Each nursing extern is experiencing various opportunities in a wide range of units. St. Francis is opening new doors to USC Upstate.

Nurse Educator Jeannie George explains, “I am hoping to get a lot of interest from the nurses, even though they don’t have clinical experience in the operating or recovery room. We hope this stimulates their experience about becoming an operating nurse.”

Experience is what this journey is about as these 11 nurse externs complete the eight-week course. It is apparent that is what the USC Upstate nursing externs want.

Danielle Harris put it simply, “All of us just want and need experience and I think we are finding it here.”

St. Francis and USC Upstate are building lasting relations that will build a brighter future for the health care system.

“I want this to be a positive experience in each clinical area. They will be learning how use their skills in a true, realistic work environment. At the same time, we want to form lasting relationships,” said Elaine Payne, clinical nurse specialist at Bon Secours Health System.