Nursing Student Extern - PRN:
Centura Health

Centura Health
Canon City Colorado

St. Thomas More Hospital, a 25- acute care/critical access facilty, is the cornerstone of health care services for Fremont County and surrounding southern Colorado communtites.  St. Thomas More offers 24-hour emergency and trauma services, inpatient acute care, intensive care unit, The Birth Center, diagnostic imaging, surgical services, rehabilitation services, sleep disorder center and more.  St. Thomas More was rated five stars by Healthgrades® for Total Knee Replacement (2012-2017), Hip Fracture Treatment (2017), and Treatment of Sepsis (2017).  Our physicians specialize in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology services, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and pediatric health services.  Associates of St. Thomas More enjoy the camaraderie of a close-knit community hospital, the relaxed feel of small town life and an affordable cost of living in a town rich in culture and historic architecture.  Located 50 miles from Colorado Springs at the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains and the entrance to the Royal Gorge, locals and visitors alike enjoy this area for some of the state's best hiking, widllife and river sports like rafting and fishing.  Learn more about our hospital and life in Southern Colorado by visiting

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 124530

Recruiter Contact: Tiffany Hoover ([email protected])

Clinic/Department: 6214 STM MEDICAL/SURGICAL 


Schedule: PRN - Per Request Needed

Shift: Variable

Position Summary

Provides direct and indirect nursing care under the direction of a Registered Nurse and in accordance with policies and procedures. Assumes personal accountability for organizational mission and core values.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Continuous enrollment in an accredited Nursing program, Bachelor’s in Nursing Program strongly preferred

  • Successful completion of sufficient clinical nursing courses to have obtained competency in performing basic health care tasks

  • Must provide documentation of enrollment at the start of each semester to direct supervisor

  • Any change in active student enrollment status must be communicated immediately to direct supervisor

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English

  • Basic computer skills

  • Previous patient care experience preferred


  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from American Heart Association

Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )

  • Assists with safe and appropriate delegated patient care tasks which are directly supervised by a Registered Nurse. *

  • Provides person-centered care with sensitivity and respect for the human experience in a collaborative fashion with other team members. Assists care team in achieving daily patient and family goals. *

  • Provides quality patient care, including comfort and hygiene measures, preventative skin care, safety measures, transport, and nutritional and elimination needs. May perform in a sitter role. *

  • Promptly answers call lights and responds to patient needs. *

  • Reports patient status changes and needs to Registered Nurse accurately and in a timely manner. *

  • Demonstrates effective use of clinical strategies to insure patient and associate safety. *

  • Communicates concerns regarding hazards or errors related to patients to the health care team. *

  • Uses Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (SBAR) communication techniques. *

  • Accurately documents vital signs, input/output, nutritional intake, personal hygiene, weights and other patient care performed and reports findings promptly to Registered Nurse. *

  • Maintains thorough and confidential maintenance of patient charts and records. *

  • Effectively uses time, personnel, equipment and supplies to provide high quality, cost effective patient care. Organizes and prioritizes work to be completed within assigned timeframe to promote consistent patient comfort. *

  • Ensures that work environment and patient rooms are neat and orderly to enhance unit and hospital image. Maintains and stocks nursing supplies. *

  • Uses standards of care, hospital policies/procedures and regulatory guidelines to guide work. *

  • Consistently demonstrates flexibility as evidenced by floating to other areas and is agreeable to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays, evening and night hours as necessary to meet the needs of the patients and department. *

  • Assists with quality improvement, safety and regulatory functions as directed. Participates in process change to improve practice. *

  • Adapts to rapidly changing technology as evidenced by competency in technology and equipment used in the patient care setting. *

  • Demonstrates effective time management and is proactive in prioritizing workload and meeting productivity requirements.*

  • Demonstrates understanding and proficiency of the use of the Video Monitoring (VM) software.

  • Maintains visual observation at all times.

  • Verbally redirects patient over digital 2-way audio device that is in patient room.

  • Immediately summons the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance.

Physical Requirements

  • Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. constantly


Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 

Basic Qualifications