NURSE PRACTITIONER EXTERN PROGRAM
The Nurse Practitioner Extern Program at Hancock Health gives aspiring nurses real-world experience to help them excel in their field.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are unique from other healthcare roles because they are expected to be experts in diagnosing and treating health conditions but with an added emphasis on preventative care and a patient’s holistic well-being. NPs can also prescribe medications, while registered nurses cannot.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NPs must ensure “the highest quality of care, undergo rigorous certification, participate in peer reviews, and adhere to a code for ethical practices.”
NPs provide a full range of primary, acute, and specialty healthcare, including:
- Ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic tests
- Diagnosing and treating conditions, both chronic and short-term
- Prescribing medications
- Managing patients’ overall health, including education them on preventative care
NPs often specialize in the following areas:
- Acute care
- Adult health
- Family medicine
- Geriatric care
- Neonatal care
- Behavioral health
- Women’s health
If you are a registered nurse considering becoming an NP, we’d encourage you to apply to our NP Extern Program.
You must already be a registered nurse (RN) enrolled in an accredited NP program to be eligible for the NP Extern Program at Hancock Health. The program is designed to provide the advanced training necessary to take the step from RN to NP. Successfully completing the program opens the door to opportunities for nurse practitioner positions.
Enrollment in the NP Extern Program is open from March 1–May 1 of even numbered years, with the next open enrollment in the spring of 2024. Applicants must submit the required information during the open enrollment period to be considered. See the application process tab for more information.
To apply for the program, download this form. Mail all of your application materials to the following address:
Attn: Director of Advanced Practice
Hancock Physician Network
One Memorial Square, Suite 50
Greenfield, IN 46140
Applications must be postmarked by May 1 to be validated. Emails or cold calls to individual officers, managers, and providers are discouraged.