Nursing students who have completed at least one clinical rotation will enjoy gaining patient care experience through this program. Part-time rotating schedules are available on all shifts with flexibility to meet your needs. Positions are available in most clinical specialties. These are exceptional opportunities to prepare for the clinical setting after graduation.

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 will open from February 8 through February 22, 2021. There will be one application for all openings across the Main Line Health system. All nurse externs will begin the program in May 2021.

To be qualified for a nurse extern position, you must complete at least one acute care clinical rotation by the time the position starts (May). Candidates are required to work part time through the summer and as needed through the school year. Candidates graduating in the spring and summer of 2021 will not be considered.

Once the application is open, you may apply online to the general application listed as “Nurse Extern Program-May 2021-All MLH Hospitals.” Your application will be reviewed and, if selected for an interview, you will be contacted. Due to the high volume of applicants, you will not be contacted if you are not selected for an interview. Status updates will not be provided.

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

  1. Updated resume
  2. Unofficial transcript (must have cumulative GPA)
  3. Letter listing your top three clinical areas of interest, your top three Main Line Health hospitals of interest
  4. Copy of your current CPR card

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 bachelors of science in nursing (BSN) program
  2. Completion of at least one clinical rotation (acute care). Virtual clinical experience is acceptable.

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 begin orientation either in May.

What is the orientation like?

Each extern will complete four days of 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.