Student Nurse Extern
Summer Program

Student Nurse Extern Summer Program

The Student Nurse Extern Summer Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, offers nursing students an opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in a high-acuity and diverse patient population. The program is offered during the summer.


Note: This is an unpaid educational program.

During your Student Nurse Extern Summer Program experience, you'll be an integral member of an interdisciplinary health care team and work alongside registered nurses at Mayo Clinic Hospital. Nurse extern opportunities are available in all inpatient clinical areas.

You will also have access to medical libraries and be welcome to participate in Mayo-sponsored continuing education activities, such as Grand Rounds and numerous other programs.

Press Ganey NDNQI Award

The Department of Nursing at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, received the 2014 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality from Press Ganey.

Past Participant Feedback

"This program is great! I'd already suspected that Mayo was a great hospital, and my experience here has been so positive. It has really been wonderful."

"This is an awesome program, an awesome hospital and an awesome staff from top to bottom. I felt welcomed and prepared the second I walked in the door. Thank you!"

"I would recommend this program to anyone. The employees here are so wonderful, and I learned a lot. This experience made me happy that I chose nursing as a career."

Schedule
Student Nurse Extern Summer Program participants work three 12-hour shifts each week, including every other weekend. Schedules are posted in advance, and your schedule will be designed so that you can shadow your assigned preceptor. Typically, shifts are:
  • 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Work areas
Mayo Clinic Hospital is a 268-bed, multispecialty acute care facility. An electronic medical record is used for all nursing documentation. The Student Nurse Extern Summer Program provides clinical experiences in these areas (subject to change):
  • Emergency medicine. The Department of Emergency Medicine provides emergency care to patients of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds with a focus on medical, surgical, cardiac, stroke and transplant populations.
  • Intensive care. The 30-bed intensive care unit is a specialized area that provides care for people with a variety of medical and surgical needs, including heart, liver, pancreas and kidney transplants.
  • Intermediate care and transplant. A 24-bed intermediate care unit and 12-bed medical-surgical unit serve medical and surgical patients with a particular focus on solid organ transplants. Intermediate care is a multispecialty unit for patients who require more monitoring than is available on the medical-surgical floors but do not require intensive care.
  • Orthopedics, urology and rehabilitation. With 33 medical-surgical beds and seven rehabilitation beds, this unit specializes in the acute medical and postoperative care of people who've undergone orthopedic or urologic surgery, as well as those in the acute rehabilitative phase of their recovery.
  • Medical-surgical care. This 36-bed unit provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care for adult and geriatric patients, and occasionally adolescent patients. The unit also serves people needing colorectal surgery, gynecological surgery and palliative care.
  • Hematology-oncology. This 24-bed unit provides care for people with cancer.
  • Blood and marrow transplant. This 30-bed unit provides care for blood and marrow transplant patients.
  • Cardiovascular progressive care. Specializing in the care of people with cardiovascular diseases, this 36-bed unit includes heart transplant patients and those with ventricular assist devices.
  • Neurology, neurosurgery, and ear, nose and throat. This is a 36-bed unit that cares for people with neurological conditions and ear, nose and throat diseases, as well as people undergoing neurosurgery.
Uniforms

Nursing staff at Mayo Clinic Hospital wear navy blue scrubs. Shoes can be white, navy or black. Acquiring and caring for uniforms is your responsibility.

You will also be required to wear a Mayo Clinic name badge, which will be provided at the start of the program.

Relocation and housing
You are responsible for housing and relocation expenses.
About Phoenix
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce website has information about housing, recreation and cultural attractions.
What do I need to attach to my electronic application to be considered?
Please attach a complete resume with clinical information and current unofficial transcripts that show your overall cumulative GPA. See “How to Apply” section below to learn more.
How do I attach documents?
As you complete the application and move through each section, you will come to the attachments tab, which is where you can attach your resume, cover letter and transcripts.
Is a letter of reference required?
A letter of reference is not required, but you may attach one if you wish.
How do I know if my resume and transcripts have attached?
You should be able to view your attachments by logging back into your profile and going to the attachments tab. Your transcripts must be current and up to date.
Can I apply for specific units and shifts?
No, you are applying to the program. If selected for an interview, you will be able to identify your preferences at that time. If offered a position, you will be notified of specific information regarding unit and shift.
What is the status of my application?
Please log in to your jobs profile to view your application status.
When are decisions made?
You will be contacted as soon as a decision has been determined.
What should I do if I have other questions?
If you have other questions about the Student Nurse Extern Summer Program, please email us at arznursingprograms@mayo.edu.

Eligibility

To participate in the Student Nurse Extern Summer Program for summer 2018, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a program at a school of nursing accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Be completing your junior year of a baccalaureate program in nursing and have completed two semesters of clinical nursing experience, or be completing your third semester (block 3) of an associate program in nursing and have completed three semesters of clinical nursing experience
  • Be available for a full eight-week assignment that begins May 30th and ends July 25th
  • Meet Mayo Clinic job-related health requirements
  • Have a satisfactory academic record
  • Have current Basic Life Support certification

Application process

For the Student Nurse Extern Summer Program taking place in summer 2018, you will be able to apply online from Feb. 12th through Feb. 16th, 2018.

As you apply online, have these documents accessible since they must be attached for your application to be considered:

  • Resume. Your resume must include your clinical rotation information.
  • Transcripts. This must be a current, up-to-date copy of your transcripts. Obtain your transcripts prior to applying so that you can attach them to your online application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.