Nurse Externship

Nurse Externship


Our 10-week Summer Extern Program for nursing students was developed to provide nursing students with an educational opportunity to improve their nursing skills in the clinical setting while at the same time providing them with summer employment.

About the Program

HR_Nurse_externs_code_blue_20160616-211.jpg Under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse, the Nurse Extern will provide direct patient care, gain hands-on experience and enhance assessment skills. This program will also assist in the development of organizational and time management skills. While working in a collegial relationship with RNs, the Nurse Extern will gain a better understanding of professional practice.

Educational in-services are presented throughout the summer to further supplement the learning process.

Selected externs must commit to all program dates. There are no exceptions. Must be prepared for a full 36-40 hour commitment per week. Weekend rotation required. May be required to work a holiday. Must be available for a day and/or night shift position.

College Credit

You may be able to receive 3 credit hours towards your nursing degree by applying for admission (for applicants currently attending another Nursing Program) as a student-at-large at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. For further information, contact Jan Farquaharson (309) 624-8980 or log on to

Clinical Areas

Externships are available in a variety of areas: Medical Surgical, Critical Care, Maternal-Child, and Pediatrics.


HR_Nurse_externs_real_colors_20160602_41.jpg The Nursing Student must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Attain senior status the fall of 2017
  • Anticipate graduation within one year from the end of the program
  • Have completed at least one acute care clinical
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (no consideration will be given to applicants with a gpa below 3.0)
  • Two (2) academic references from nursing faculty (one reference must be from a clinical instructor). Reference forms will be emailed to the applicant upon receipt of the completed application
  • Minimum of one (1) employer reference
  • Must have current BLS
  • Compliance with all deadlines listed below (no exceptions)

Program Locations

The Nursing Externship is offered at the following locations:

  • OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois
  • OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee, Illinois
  • OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, Illinois
  • OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa, Illinois
  • OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, Illinois

Program Dates

HR_Nurse_Externs_unit_demo_legos_20160707_-70.jpg May 22, 2017 - July 28, 2017

Summer Externs will receive a competitive salary. Centralized and unit based orientation will be provided.


The deadline to apply for the 2017 Summer Externship was December 15, 2016.

Applications for the 2018 Nursing Externship will begin in the fall of 2017.

Employment Opportunities

After completion of the externship, there may be an employment opportunity as a Patient Care Tech. You must have an active Illinois CNA in order to qualify for this position.
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