About our program:

Our 10 Week, full-time Student Nursing Externship Program offers you hands-on clinical experience within an acute care clinical setting and opportunities to work on multiple specialty units of your choice. Through this program you will gain valuable clinical knowledge and experience, allowing for a better transition from school to an employment setting.

This program runs from May-August and is approx. 36-40 hours per week with flexible scheduling.

What our student externs are saying about the program:

“I have developed a lot of relationships with staff which will make the transition nice to work here after graduation.”

“I loved the ability to go and experience multiple units in the health system.”

“This program made me feel confident in the nurse that I’m going to become.”

“I loved the hands-on training and that I was given a sense of responsibility rather than just being a student that is observing.”

“Everyone I met was nice and helpful. I felt like they wanted me here.”

“The communication before, during and after the program was amazing.”

“The nurses at WHS are very friendly and I was comfortable asking them questions.”

“I feel this program gave me a full understanding of what being a nurse is going to be like.”

“The patient-family centered care feel was nice.”


  • Flexible scheduling
  • Competitive pay
  • On-site parking with no shuttles
  • Opportunities to work on multiple units
  • A positive working environment with staff that are excited to teach you
  • Hands-on training, not just observing

Eligibility and Qualifications:

  • Nursing student between Junior and Senior year of your BSN program
  • Be compassionate and respectful
  • Want to learn and take advantage of every opportunity

Additional details:

Our program is designed for you to gain experience in multiple areas of your choice including cardiac, surgical, women’s health, emergency department, critical care, wound care, hospice, palliative, operating room, mental health, ambulatory care, and med surg.  We want you to be part of and experience everything Washington Health System has to offer.

Application Process:

Applications for the next 10-week session will be accepted from October 12th 2023 to February 9th 2024.

  1. Fill out an application – Be sure to complete the application fully.
  2. Attach your resume
  3. Interviews will be scheduled with selected applicants.

If you would like more information, please email dcrites@whs.org

Equal Opportunity Policy – Washington Health System is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the continuing policy of Washington Health System to offer employment on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency to all persons, without discrimination because of race, color, religion, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy and equal pay/compensation), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or genetic information.