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Student Nurse Extern Program

Are you a nursing student looking to gain practical, hands-on experience from a supportive and experienced team in the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Health System? Apply for the Howard County General Hospital Summer Nurse Extern Program!

The Program

Our eight-week Nurse Extern Program is a paid, full-time shadowing and training experience designed to help you build confidence while developing your clinical capabilities. You will work alongside a supportive preceptor and experienced nursing team who will guide you in acquiring the valuable skills and knowledge you need to prepare you for your next role as a new graduate nurse.

The Experience

Our Nurse Extern Program is uniquely crafted to fit your needs. In your first week, you will complete an interest form that will be used to personalize your extern experience. As a nurse extern, you can expect to:

  • Advance your clinical skills through hands-on experience under the guidance of a preceptor;
  • Explore nursing and interdisciplinary specialties during paid shadow days;
  • Hear from experienced healthcare experts on topics that you help select;
  • Grow your clinical judgement abilities during biweekly Lunch and Learn meetings;
  • Receive regular one-on-one mentoring from a member of the clinical education team;
  • Collaborate with other externs as you put nursing theory into practice; and,
  • Develop a professional portfolio that will set you apart.

Summer externs also have the opportunity to apply for a patient care technician position after completion of the program.

The Qualifications

Qualified extern applicants are:

  • Enrolled in an accredited school of nursing and have completed a fundamentals of nursing course;
  • Certified in CPR;
  • Available to work full-time day shift for the duration of the eight-week program, starting in mid-June; and,
  • Excited to learn and grow in a hospital environment!

Nurse externs wear white scrub tops and blue scrub bottoms.

The Application

One common application for all extern positions is posted in late winter/early spring each year. Once available, the online application can be found on our careers website by typing "extern" in the keyword box. Once your application has been reviewed, a recruiter will be in touch to discuss your unit of interest. Possible department placements change yearly and may include med-surg (stroke, oncology, orthopedics), telemetry, special care unit, ICU, psychiatry, emergency department, observation unit, labor and delivery, maternal child unit, NICU, pediatrics, operating room, and PACU.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Nurse Residency Program Manager Stephanie Al-Adhami at or 443-718-3216.

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