Future Nurses Complete Externship Program at GRMC

Sep 8, 2022

Two students recently completed the nurse externship program at GRMC. Gary Nelson (left) is a current student at Davis & Elkins College and expected to graduate in May 2023. Merrill Brunson (right) is a student at Allegany College of Maryland (Garrett campus) and is on track to graduate this December. Both students were awarded a $500 scholarship upon successful completion of the 8-week paid externship program.

Gary Nelson and Merrill Brunson recently finished a summer externship program at Garrett Regional Medical Center.

GRMC provides aspiring nurses with an 8-week paid externship program to gain hands-on and valuable experience in the healthcare field. During the 8-week timeframe, both Nelson and Brunson rotated in the following departments/areas: Medical-Surgical Nursing (4 weeks), Surgical (1 week), Emergency Department (1 week), and the Intensive Care Unit (1 week).

In addition, both students spent time in the Wound Care Center, Pulmonology, Dermatology, Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab, and the Cancer Center at GRMC.

“The nurse externship program is an invaluable experience that allows nursing students to dive deeper into the role of a nurse,” stated Amanda Simmons, MSN, RN, and Director of Education at GRMC. “Nurse externs are able to work with a nurse and participate in all aspects of patient care in a variety of settings.”

Nelson, a student at Davis & Elkins College and resident of Dryfork, WV, is expected to graduate in May 2023. Swanton resident Brunson is a student at Allegany College of Maryland (Garrett campus) and is on track to graduate this December.

At the completion of the externship program, GRMC awarded both students with a $500 scholarship.

For more information on Garrett Regional Medical Center, visit https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org.