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Nursing Students

Extern roles are valued at St. Jude and give nursing students the opportunity to acquire valuable skills and knowledge working with experienced nursing staff in a highly specialized pediatric oncology environment. Not only do these programs enable nursing students to build valuable professional relationships, they help in making informed decisions regarding specialized practice based on actual experience with nurses, patients and their families, all within the unique mission-driven environment of St. Jude.

St. Jude offers multiple opportunities to nursing students interested in exploring a career in pediatric oncology nursing:

  • Extern I: For nursing students who are within 24 months of graduation, this program
  • Extern II: For nursing students who are within 12 months of graduation, this program
  • New Nurse Resident: For recent or upcoming graduates of a nursing program. Please visit the New Nurse Graduates page for more information:

*Requirements listed below

The nurse extern experience at St. Jude

  • The extern will attend both a new employee and a Nursing orientation.
  • An experienced nurse will provide preceptor/mentoring in assigned clinical area.
  • The nurse extern will provide care to the patient including therapeutic play or sitting with the patient when needed; help order meals; baths; linen changes; provide relief for patient or guardian and take non-routine vitals when needed

St. Jude offers nurse externships in the following areas:

  • Inpatient Leukemia
  • Inpatient Solid Tumor
  • Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Intermediate Care Unit

Requirements

You are eligible to apply if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Extern I
    • You have completed Fundamentals of Nursing in an accredited school of nursing
    • You are within 24 months of graduation
    • You have a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Extern II and Fall/Spring Nurse Externship
    • You are within 12 months of graduation from an accredited school of nursing
    • You have a GPA of 3.2 or higher
 
 
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