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Student Nurse Externships

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Student Nurse Externship Program

The Student Nurse Externship Program at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) allows the undergraduate nursing student to explore the rewarding field of pediatric nursing. The CHKD Student Nurse Externship is a paid 10-week program beginning in mid- May and ending late July. The program is open to BSN nursing students who are within one year of graduation, are in good academic standing, and have completed at least two semesters of clinical rotations.

Through a combination of didactic, simulation, and clinical experiences, CHKD will support the Student Nurse Extern in developing skills critical for the role of professional nurse. The nurse extern utilizes the nursing process to assist the RN in performing direct and indirect nursing care. At CHKD you will learn how to focus on patient safety, care delivery, quality patient outcomes, communication, and expand your knowledge in the professional nurse’s role as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Key Program Benefits:

  • Opportunities for paid observational experiences with other units/specialties
  • Didactic & simulation sessions focused on building a foundation for professional nursing practice 
  • A combination of 8- or 12-hour shifts, with day-night rotation and occasional weekend shifts

Application Process

The Nursing Student Extern II job application deadline is February 18. With the exception of the online application, which goes directly to the CHKD recruiter, all documents should be sent to

  • PHASE 1: 
    Click here to complete the application online.
    Application Submissions Closing Date: February 18, 2022
  • PHASE 2:  
    After successful completion of Phase 1, applicants will receive an email from a CHKD nurse recruiter. If the student has been selected to move forward in the process, the recruiter will request a resume (if not already submitted with the online application), references, nurse course summary form, statement of objectives, and official transcripts.
  • PHASE 3:  
    After review of references and transcripts, the Student Nurse Extern Program Coordinator will contact select applicants for a phone interview. Interviews are completed in late February and March.

Applicants will be contacted by a CHKD nurse recruiter from Human Resources. Selected applicants will be directed to completing the new hire process.  

Important Dates:

  • Program Start Date: May 16, 2022
  • Program End Date: July 22, 2022 
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