Main Line health is now offering the unique opportunity to nursing students to gain valuable, hands-on clinical experience while having the flexibility to manage their school and personal life. We are offering part time, year-round paid positions on all shifts in most clinical specialties. This is an exceptional opportunity to prepare for the clinical setting after graduation.

The Nurse Extern I and Nurse Extern II Programs are designed for anyone currently enrolled in a nursing program. You will have the opportunity to partner with a Registered Nurse as a Patient Care Technician and have your own assignment. Typical responsibilities include AM care, PM care, EKGs, blood glucose monitoring and finger sticks, but may vary depending on the unit. Phlebotomy training may also be an option!

To qualify, you must be actively enrolled in a nursing program and be able to meet a 16 hour per month commitment during the school year and 24 hours per week during the summer.  Some weekend hours will be required.

Still have not completed a clinical rotation? No problem. Our Nurse Extern I Program is geared toward first and second year students who have not had the opportunity to work in a clinical setting.

To be considered as a Nurse Extern II, you must have already completed at least one clinical rotation (acute care) at the time of application.

Weekend orientation will be provided to accommodate your school schedule.

Why choose Main Line Health for your nursing externship?

Main Line Health offers our communities the latest technology in a compassionate environment and gives the people who provide that care the best opportunities to learn, grow and prosper. It takes a team to care. Main Line Health provides the perfect environment for the nursing student who wants to develop and/or strengthen their clinical skills, while acquiring workplace experience.

Consider the benefits of working for a Main Line Health hospital:

  • Paid classroom and clinical orientation
  • Available in a variety of clinical settings
  • Teaching facility with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Flexible scheduling including weekend program
  • Competitive salary
  • Free parking
  • No city wage tax

How to apply

The application period is now open year-round to nursing students.

To qualify for a Nurse Extern I position, you must be enrolled into an accredited nursing program.  No prior clinical experience required.  Candidates are required to work part time through the summer and as needed through the school year.

To qualify for a Nurse Extern II position, you must be enrolled into an accredited nursing program and have completed at least one clinical rotation (acute care) through school at the time of application.

Once you apply, your application will be reviewed and, if selected for an interview, you will be contacted. Due to the high volume of applicants, you will only be contacted if you are selected for an interview. Status updates will be provided.

The following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Updated resume

Please note: a clinical recommendation will be required if selected for an interview.

Frequently asked questions

What is an extern?

An extern is a nursing student who is hired by one of the Main Line Health entities (Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital). Typically, externs are hired while completing their junior year of nursing school. Externs are hired to a specific unit to work as a patient care technician and have their own patient assignment. Responsibilities include AM care, PM care, EKGs, blood glucose monitoring and finger sticks, but may vary depending on the unit. Phlebotomy training may be an option for those students working year-round.

What are the requirements to be eligible to apply?

  1. Enrollment in an accredited bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or associate of science in nursing (ASN) program.
  2. Completion of at least one clinical rotation (acute care) for Extern II. Virtual clinical experience is acceptable.
  3. No clinical experience needed for Extern I.

What clinical areas are available?

Externs are hired into various clinical areas, depending on positions. Externs are hired into a specific unit but are able to pick up shifts in other units as well.

What are the hours/shifts available?

For the most part, there are evening shifts (3:00–11:30 pm), night shifts (11:00 pm–7:30 am), and weekend shifts available for externs. Externs who start in May work 48 hours bi-weekly, including every other weekend during the summer, with the option of picking up additional hours. After returning to school, externs work “as needed” throughout the school year. The program is very flexible with the nursing school schedule.

When can I start working?

If offered a position, externs can begin the weekend orientation after onboarding is complete and pass the required pre-employment health screen, background check and submitted professional references. 

What is the orientation like?

Each extern will complete four days of virtual and classroom training and a day and a half of Main Line Health orientation. Externs will then begin an orientation on the unit with a preceptor. Externs work with their manager, educator and preceptor to determine a clinical orientation schedule.

How do I apply?

Please see directions at the top of the page on how to apply for the current time frame. If you are selected for an interview, you will be scheduled to interview for a specific unit depending on availability and your clinical areas of interest.

What Main Line Health hospitals participate in the program?

All five of the Main Line Health entities participate in the nurse residency program. This includes Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

To learn more about our programs or questions regarding the application process, contact Katie Kealey at [email protected].