Program Overview

The Student Nurse Extern Program is a summer paid Externship for selected ECU BSN Students currently enrolled in the nursing program and an uprising senior.

If selected, the Extern will be expected to work 40 hours a week during the program at Cape Fear Valley Health. The Nurse Extern provides age-specific patient care under the supervision of a BSN-prepared RN according to the unit’s scope of service and within the Extern’s scope of practice. The Nurse Extern is assigned to the Preceptor/Coach rather than to patients. The Extern participates in education of self and others, works effectively with the health care team, and conducts him/herself in a manner supportive of the philosophy of Patient Care Services. You will have the opportunity to observe, interact and work as a team member with nurses and other health care disciplines.

Program Dates
This summer program is from May through August. During the first two weeks of the internship it is mandatory to attend hospital and patient services orientation. Upon completion of the externship, you may have the opportunity to continue employment at Cape Fear Valley Health.


  • Successful completion of the Junior year in an NLN accredited baccalaureate school of nursing
  • Demonstrated competency in basic nursing practice and use of the nursing process
  • Be a rising senior in good academic standing
  • Reference Letters (Verification of the above by recommendation from one's school of nursing)
  • NAI registration with NCDHSR
  • NAII registration with the North Carolina Board of Nursing
  • Medication Math Test/Basic Dysrhythmia
  • Currently enrolled in NURS 3851/3852 at East Carolina University

Clinical Experience
This program will allow you to experience direct patient care ("hands-on" experience) in a clinical area of interest. Placement for the summer program will be offered in clinical areas with respect to the applicant's qualifications and availability of unit positions.

Participating Units May Include
(Positions may change based on availability.)

  • Orthopedics
  • Oncology
  • Medical/Surgical Units
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Post Partum & Nursery
  • NICU
  • Rehabilitation

Complete an online application beginning March 1 through March 30. The position will be listed under the RN-Summer BSN Nurse Intern/Extern category.

All required documents must be received by Cape Fear Valley Health Human Resources Department no later than March 30. You may email your required documents (excluding Official Transcripts) to Mailed Documents must be postmarked no later than March 30.

1. Reference Letters (2 required)

  • One Nursing Instructor Reference Letter
  • One Employer or Character Reference letter. (Character Reference Letters may come from your Church Pastor or from Volunteer/Extra Curricular Activities Coordinator)

2. Current Official Transcripts from an Accredited School of Nursing College. Transcripts must be mailed directly from your School to the Human Resources Department-Attn. Selena Matthewson. (If hand delivering transcripts to the Human Resources Department, do not open the envelope that contains your transcripts. Unsealed transcripts will not be accepted).

Official Transcripts and other required documents can be mailed to:

Cape Fear Valley Health System
Human Resources Department
Attn: LaDonna Flournoy
1320 Medical Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28304

Interviews of selected qualified applicants will be conducted by managers between April – May.

Notification of selection will be in May.

Acceptance into a position is contingent upon HR background/criminal checks, Medication Math Test/Basic Dysrhythmia, and a pre-employment physical exam, which includes drug and alcohol screening.

For more information about the Summer Student Nurse Extern Program, please contact:

LaDonna Flournoy LaDonna Flournoy
Human Resources Department
1320 Medical Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304