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  1. Cantrell, Mary Ann PhD, RN
  2. Browne, Anne Marie MSN, RN


This is the third and final part of a series of articles that report the findings of a study that investigated the effects of a summer externship program on the transition into a professional role among nurses who participated in a summer nurse externship program at an acute care pediatric hospital. Specifically, this article reports the retention and recruitment benefits of a summer nurse externship program for the institution from 1998 through 2003. A total of 153 externs out of the 193 (79.0%) assumed a registered nurse position at the institution, and 77% remained in that role for 12 months. Overall, the nurse extern program for this institution appeared to be an effective recruitment and retention strategy that is on par with the institution and national data for retention and turnover data.