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  1. Lott, Tanya MSN, RN-BC
  2. Willis, Leah MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
  3. Lyttle, Ellen MSN, RN-BC


In this article, the authors emphasize the importance of a student nurse extern program in creating a pipeline for qualified bedside nurses. Through collaboration with the human resources department and the nurse management group, professional development educators in one hospital redesigned and reenergized the student nurse extern program to meet the needs of the externs and the healthcare system.