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Nurse Externship Program

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is seeking motivated and enthusiastic senior baccalaureate nursing students for our 2020 Summer Nurse Externship Program.

This 9-week paid program fosters the development of your clinical nursing skills and enhances your future success. We provide an exceptional learning environment that immerses you into the real-life role of the professional acute nurse.

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Nurse Externship Program Information

The nurse externship program will include a full-time schedule for 9 weeks. Hours vary and may include day and night shifts, weekends and holidays during the Externship. Housing and parking are included; externs must provide their own scrubs.

Application Due Date: April 10, 2020
Start Date: May 26, 2020
End Date: July 25, 2020

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program with anticipated graduation in December 2020 or May 2021 with a BSN degree.

Application Process: What to Expect

The application process includes:

  • Complete the online application
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email once submitted.
  • If you are a candidate for the externship program, you will receive a request to submit the following:
    • Completed externship application form
    • Letters of recommendation
    • An essay focusing on why you wish to attend the Nurse Externship Program (no longer than two single-spaced pages)
    • A current school transcript reflecting maintenance of a 3.0 or higher GPA
    • Proof of a valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS card

The application process includes submission of all materials listed above. The application deadline is April 10, 2020.

Program Goals

  • Provide learning opportunities that enhance clinical competence
  • Foster increased confidence and knowledge through the development of priority setting, clinical decision-making, delegation and time management skills
  • Enhance the understanding of the multidimensional roles of the registered professional nurse; helping to bridge the education-practice gap that often occurs during the transition from the student role into the role of the registered professional nurse
  • Role modeling and exposure to the exceptional practice environment of a Magnet® designated hospital
  • Educational opportunities offered by clinical educators, clinical nurse specialists and subject matter experts
  • Provision of networking, mentorship and potential job opportunities upon graduation

Why Choose an Externship with Barnes-Jewish

We hold the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet designation, which recognizes exemplary patient care and innovative nursing practice. Our Magnet hospital provides an extraordinary practice environment affording many learning opportunities and experiences.

Our externs will be paired with a dedicated nurse preceptor. Under the direct supervision and guidance of the preceptors, the externs will participate and assist in direct patient care activities and will learn clinical reasoning skills essential to the provision of safe, quality patient care.


Additional Information About the Externship

> When will applications be reviewed?

Completed applications received through 4/10/2020 will be reviewed as they are received.

> When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by email by 4/17/2020. Please ensure email listed on application is accurate.

> Are there employee benefits with this position?

Benefits including paid vacation are not offered for this position.

> Can this nurse externship program help me get a job after I graduate?

Qualified candidates will have an opportunity to interview for a position during the externship.