Carli Johnston, middle, a recent nursing graduate from the University of San Diego, is hopeful that her externships will help her find work in a competitive job market.

Carli Johnston, middle, a recent nursing graduate from the University of San Diego, is hopeful that her externships will help her find work in a competitive job market. Photo by Stephen Whalen.

Michelle Lee left medical school to pursue her passion for nursing, preferring the more intimate contact nurses tend to have with patients over the “in-and-out” bedside manner she sees as typical of many physicians...

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