Nurse Externship

Program Overview

The Student Nurse Extern Program is a summer paid externship for selected BSN Students currently enrolled in HCA 4850 at Methodist University and a rising senior.

The Nurse Externship 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 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

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 nursing core orientation. Upon completion of the externship, you may have the opportunity to continue employment at Cape Fear Valley Health.


  • Currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program
  • Be a rising senior in good academic standing
  • Reference Letters
  • NAI registration with NCDHSR
  • NAII registration with the North Carolina Board of Nursing
  • Currently enrolled in HCA 4850 at Methodist 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.)

  • Emergency Department
  • ICU
  • LTACH - Progressive Care Unit
  • Progressive Care Unit / Step-Down
  • Orthopedics
  • Oncology
  • Medical/Surgical Units
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Post Partum & Nursery
  • NICU
  • Rehabilitation

Complete an online application beginning March 24 through April 30. The position will be listed under the RN-Summer BSN Extern/Intern category.

All required documents must be received by Cape Fear Valley Health Human Resources Department no later than April 30. You may email your required documents (excluding Official Transcripts) to Margaret Bullard at Mailed Documents must be postmarked no later than April 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 Methodist University. Transcripts must be mailed directly from your School to the Human Resources Department-Attn. Margaret Bullard. (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 may be mailed to:

Cape Fear Valley Health System
Human Resources Department
Attn: Margaret Bullard
1320 Medical Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304

Acceptance into a position is contingent upon a background/criminal check, post-offer employment physical exam, which includes drug and alcohol screening.

Apply Now

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

Margaret Bullard
Margaret Bullard
Human Resources Department
1320 Medical Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304