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Nurse Extern - Med/Surg-Telemetry-Huntley/McHenry, Casual/Summer, Rotating

Location McHenry, Illinois Business Unit McHenry Hospital Job REQID 8904 Job Function Intern Shift Rotating Apply Now

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


The Nurse Extern/PCTreflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

This position performs a variety of clinical/patient care related functions, under the direction of the clinical RN or physician that provide support to patients and staff, including but not limited to the following:

  • Collects, labels and transports specimens as assigned.
  • Obtains 12 lead EKG’s
  • Discontinues Saline Locks and Indwelling Urinary Catheters
  • Discontinues Telemetry Monitoring packs
  • Performs Bladder Scan
  • Performs Point of Care Testing as appropriate
  • Assists patients with personal hygiene and nutritional needs as identified on patient's plan of care.
  • Performs purposeful hourly patient rounding in collaboration with the clinical RN.
  • Participates in bedside shift report as incoming and outgoing PCT.
  • Obtains and documents patient care data as directed by the clinical RN and as noted in the plan of care.
  • Assists with patient ambulation and positioning as directed in the plan of care.
  • Assists the health care team members in meeting the individualized needs of the patient.
  • Responds to patient call lights and request for assistance in a professional and timely manner.
  • Assist the health care team in maintaining a clinical care environment that supports patient, family and staff safety.
  • Participates in performance improvement activities that advance innovative processes to achieve unit targets and exceptional performance.
  • Perform patient care technician functions per scope of training

Additional responsibilities under the supervision of a registered nurse:

  • Perform IV insertion with 1:1 RN supervision through entire procedure
  • Perform wound care with 1:1 RN supervision through entire procedure
  • Insert Foley catheters with 1:1 RN supervision through entire procedure
  • Perform nursing care interventions under the direct supervision of the RN throughout the entire procedure

Additional responsibilities under direction of department leadership include, but not limited to:

  • Answers, screens and directs incoming calls.
  • Facilitates obtaining a hard copy of the patients advance directive if patient indicated he/she has one and places in Electronic Medical Record.
  • Manages admissions through Electronic Bed Board
  • Assures patient care unit readiness for EMR downtime and facilitates data recovery following downtime.



  • High School Diploma.
  • Successful completion minimally of Fundamentals of Nursing with 2 semesters of clinical rotations. Must provide written verification of successful completion of said rotations OR successful completion of an accredited CNA program and listed on Illinois State CNA Registry.
  • BLS through American Heart Association.


  • Successful completion of an accredited CNA program and listed on Illinois State CNA Registry.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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