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, assigned to a nurse mentor who continues to guide their learning and contributions within the clinical practice environment.  SNEs will meet quarterly as a cohort to participate in learning and sharing of experiences.

After successful completion of the 10-week intensive program, Student Nurse Externs in good standing will be invited to apply for our 2023 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 2023 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
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, 2024.
Required Qualifications at time of application
  • Be entering the final year of a(n) A.D.N,  BSN or direct entry MSN program with graduation expected by spring of the following year
  • Be enrolled full time in an accredited nursing program (A.D.N, BSN, Direct-entry MSN)
  • BLS Healthcare Provider certified (AHA)
  • One professional reference letter - Letter is required from a nursing instructor or academic advisor
  • Copy of most recent transcript reflecting last semester grades
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher required
  • Evidence of interest:  Please  submit with your application:
    • Personal essay: Write an essay addressing your personal statement on what being a nurse means to you and how you envision the Loyola Medicine Student Nurse Extern program will help you achieve your future goals as a Registered Nurse
Application submissions are due by March 1, 2023