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Nurse Externship Program

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Cook Children's nursing externship program offers an exceptional pediatric learning opportunity to enhance the extern's role transition, reinforcement of skills, and development of new knowledge.

The application period for the summer of 2019 nursing externship is now open.

Nurse externs will complete a 10-week program beginning May 13 and ending July 19, 2019. The externship consists of clinical experience and classroom activities. Externs will be placed on one of the following units based upon the interview:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Hematology/Oncology floor
  • Surgical floor
  • Rehabilitation/Transitional Care Unit
  • Surgical services (OR, Recovery, Pre-op)
  • Cardiac Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical floor
  • Medical/Renal floor
  • Emergency department
  • Endocrine floor
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit/Medical Unit
  • Internal staffing (opportunity to experience multiple units)

BSN students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA who will have completed 2 clinical courses by May 10 may apply.

Application process

To apply, first please complete the online application. Next, complete the request for additional information form, which explains the essay and transcript(s) requirements. Also, you will need to identify two references and send each this letter of recommendation form. (We recommend downloading and saving the Request for Additional Information and the Letter of Recommendation to your computer before completing or sending to your references.)

Online application Request for additional information form Letter of recommendation form

You must complete the online application and submit all your required documentation together in one envelope by February 1, 2019. The two individuals completing the Letters of Recommendation should send the letter directly to

Selection process

The nurse extern coordinators will evaluate applications and select candidates for interviews. If you are selected for an interview, a recruiter from Human Resources will call to arrange an appointment.


  • February 1, 2019 – Deadline for all application components, including on-line application (must be received by 5:00 PM CST)
  • February 25-February 28, 2019 – Interviews (at the Medical Center or via Skype)
  • March 4, 2019 – Selection of externs and notification
  • May 13, 2019 – Start of program
  • July 19, 2019 – End of program

More information

For questions, please contact Organizational and Professional Development:

Jennifer Stephen, MSN, RN, CPN
682 885-4174
Katy Yanez, MSN, RN, CNOR
682 885-3262