Summer Nurse Externship Program

What is the Summer Nurse Externship Program?

Bon Secours Virginia Health System offers selected nursing students the opportunity to gain clinical competence and ease the transition from student to professional through a special summer program. During the Nurse Externship Program, students are assigned to preceptors who are experienced Registered Nurses chosen for their excellence in practice.

Externs participate in a number of clinical experiences and attend special seminars designed to enhance their practice. Externs are assigned to areas that match their personal interests and will complete clinical rotations at Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, St. Francis Watkins Centre or St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and DePaul Medical Center, Mary Immaculate Hospital, Health Center at Harborview, and Maryview Medical Center, in Hampton Roads.

The Bon Secours Virginia Health System Summer Nurse Externship Program is a full-time, eight-week, summer program that runs from June 4, 2012 – July 27, 2012.

Externs will receive a stipend while in the program and are expected to work full-time with an assigned preceptor, following their preceptor's work schedule. Externs are also expected to attend all required educational experiences. The application deadline is February 10, 2012. Notification of acceptance will be made during the month of March. The Summer Nurse Externship Program is very selective as there are more applicants than available externships.

What areas are typically offered?

  • Medical and Surgical Units (with sub-specialties)
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Women's & Children's Services
  •  Emergency Department
  • Peri-operative Services (OR, PACU, Pre-operative Holding)
  • Critical Care and Step-Down Units

What type of experiences can I expect?

Externs will have a variety of experiences that will enhance their learning in nursing. These experiences may include the opportunity to care for an unfamiliar patient population or follow a patient through the continuum of care such as from a medcial/surgical unit to the operating room, and then to post anesthesia care. Externs will also have the opportunity to enhance clinical skill such as venipuncture, IV insertion, catheterization and wound care. Clinical experiences also emphasize time management and priority setting skills. Special classroom opportunities are also offered to externs.

Entry Qualifications

To qualify for the Summer Nurse Externship Program, students must:

  • Attend an accredited RN school of nursing.
  • Complete junior-level studies.
  • Commit to the entire summer program.
  • Complete Online Employment Application

To view our Summer Nurse Externship Program job description you will need to search our job listing database using the following information:

  •, select "Jobs in Richmond" or "Jobs in Hampton Roads"
  • Select a location = Virginia
  • Select a Health System = All
  • Select a Job Category = Nursing Support
  • Select a Job Status = All
  • Keyword = Nurse Extern


Contact Roya Saifi at 804-627-5324 or 877-447-9242.