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Summer Nurse Externship Program

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Summer Nurse Externship Program

Join the “real world” of hospital nursing before graduation

As a Summer Nurse Extern at Centra you will partner with an experienced Registered Nurse preceptor and work as a contributing staff member of the patient care team. You will gain a wealth of skills and experience that will help you prepare for your future career in nursing. Centra’s Summer Nurse Externship program is a 6-week paid program. Summer Nurse Externs will attend orientation during the first week. Externs will be assigned a preceptor and will follow the preceptor’s schedule for 5 weeks, working up to 40 hours per week.

Centra’s Nurse Extern Program is offered annually during the summer. Applicants in a BSN program must be a rising senior nursing student. Applicants in an Associate Degree Program must be a rising junior or senior at the start of the externship program. For more information about the program including the program start date, application deadline and decision/offer dates, email

More about the Summer Nurse Externship Program

The Externship program provides student nurses with an opportunity to gain experience and continue learning while earning an hourly wage. Positions are available at Centra’s hospitals which include:

  • Bedford Memorial Hospital – Bedford
  • Centra Specialty Hospital (LTACH) – Lynchburg
  • Lynchburg General Hospital – Lynchburg
  • Southside Community Hospital – Farmville
  • Virginia Baptist Hospital – Lynchburg

Email for more information or to get started!

Why students choose Centra's Nurse Externship Program

  • Develop or enhance technical and critical thinking skills in delivering patient care
  • Reduce “reality shock” in the student’s first job as a Registered Nurse
  • Provide externs with the opportunity to become part of a team before graduation
  • Increase the number of new graduate applicants with more experience
  • Provide the student and clinical team the opportunity to work with each other to determine if the extern would be a good fit for the unit after graduation