Loyola Medicine - Student Nurse Extern Program

Loyola Medicine - Student Nurse Extern Program

Program Details:
The Loyola Medicine Student Nurse Externship Program (SNEP) is truly unique. It's a 12-month program that starts with an intensive, 10-week summer program
during which the student nurse is working independently in an assistive role as a patient care technician (PCT).   In addition to working as a PCT, the extern will be able to observe and learn from the nurse the daily tasks being done on that unit. They will have the opportunity to have experience days to shadow and learn directly from a nurse preceptor in various areas in the hospital to gain knowledge, critical thinking skills, honing technical skills and prioritizing care.  Students will also participate in weekly educational activities designed to reinforce what they are learning in the clinical practice environment.

After completion of the 10-week summer program, Student Nurse Externs will continue their employment within Loyola Medicine in a part-time/per diem position throughout their final year of nursing school. They are able to continue to work and as they identify areas of interest, have the opportunity to work in that area more directly. 

After successful completion of the 10-week intensive program, Student Nurse Externs in good standing will be invited to apply for our Nurse Residency Program. The Nurse Residency Program is designed to support and help new graduate nurses as they transition into professional practice. The program offers 12 months of structured support for newly licensed registered nurses. Our hope and expectation is that all eligible SNE's will secure a position in the residency program prior to completing their final of nursing studies. 

Nurse Externship Program Requirements:
Candidates must be able to commit to the 12-month program per the following timeline & milestones:

Weeks 1-10:
  • Scheduled for two to three 12-hour clinical shifts or two to three 8 hour shifts per week (Gottlieb only)
  • Will be expected to work some night shifts
  • Will be expected to work every third weekend
  • Participate in one hour of educational activities per week

Weeks 11-50:
  • Work a minimum of one 12-hour shift per 8-week period (total of 5 shifts in 40 weeks) as a Patient Care Tech
  • Your hours will be scheduled with your Patient Care Manager and aligned with your assigned preceptor, which may include:
    • Day shift or night shifts
    • 12-hour or 8 hour shifts
    • Some weekend shifts
    • No holidays or overtime

Units participating in the 2024 SNE program are as follows:

  • Telemetry
  • Emergency Department
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • ICU
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Mother/Baby
  • NICU
  • Oncology
  • Operating Room
  • Ortho/Neuro
  • Observation Unit
  • Burn Unit
  • Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
Eligibility to Fast-track Nurse Residency Program
As a Student Nurse Extern, you will be eligible to apply between weeks 12-15 for a fast track Nurse Residency position for June, 2025.
Required Qualifications at time of application
  • Completion of Junior Year of BSN program or completion of 1st of 2 years of ADN program; from an accredited program
  • Completion of 1 or more fundamental of nursing courses within the above-mentioned accredited program
  • Completion of 40 or more hours of clinical experience as evidenced by a clinical faculty letter attesting to the above
  • BLS/CPR through the American Heart Association 

Application submissions are due by March 1, 2024