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Nursing Externship

 Medical Professionals | Summer Nursing Externship I  Medical Professionals | Summer Nursing Externship II


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.


The Summer Extern Program is designed to . . .

  • bridge the gap between the role of student and professional RN
  • provide a realistic view of clinical nursing and its responsibilities
  • minimize the impact of reality shock
  • introduce the nursing student to the Mission and Philosophy of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center


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 St. 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.


The Nursing Student must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Attain senior status the fall of 2015
  • 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)


May 26, 2015 - July 31, 2015

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


The application period is closed for 2015. The application process will open again in the Fall of 2015.


Employment Opportunities 

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


Chris Karpowicz, RN, BSN
Professional Recruiter
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
530 N.E. Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61637
(309) 655-4008
OR Don Schultz, RN, BSN
Professional Recruiter
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
530 N.E. Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61637
(309) 655-2036