Student Nurses Complete Beebe Medical Center's Nurse Extern Program
Nursing students from throughout the state recently celebrated the conclusion of their Nurse Extern Program at Beebe Medical Center. Students worked in various areas of the Hospital to gain further clinical experience and better determine which area of nursing interests them most. Students will return to school in August to complete their final year of study before graduating in May.
"The final summer before completing nursing education is the ideal time for students to explore which type of clinical setting they want to work in when the graduate," said Connie Bushey, Director of the Beebe School of Nursing. "The Nurse Extern Program gives them this opportunity."
2004 Nurse Externs: Jonathan Bernard, Jessica Byram, Michelle Brittingham, Tiffany Hale, Beth Hickman, Melanie Hoelter, Linda Masten, Natasha McCoy, Kim Moore, Rebekah Moore, Rebecca Mosley, Kimberly Neely, Heather Price, Erica Webb and Tara Whetstone.
For the past three years, the Beebe School of Nursing was the only Delaware nursing program in which 100 percent of students passed the national licensure exam at their first attempt. The School is known for providing extensive clinical experiences for students due to its proximity to Beebe Medical Center. Each year more qualified students apply for the program than the school is able to accept due to space constraints. The School hopes to add a $3.5 million expansion that will add classrooms and laboratory space by eliminating dormitory rooms, which are not essential since most students elect to live off campus. The additional space would allow the School to double its admission.
The Beebe School of Nursing is appreciative to State Representative George Carey, vice-chairman of the House of Representatives Infrastructure Committee, and Senator Gary Simpson, member of the Senate Bond Bill Committee, who led the recent effort to obtain a $500,000 grant from the Bond Bill for the School. Earlier this year, Congressman Michael Castle was able to get $273,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to pay for the design work. Beebe representatives recently met with Senators Tom Carper and Joseph Biden to request additional support.