Nursing Student Opportunities

Nursing Extern Program

At MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, we believe that today’s nursing students are a vital part of our future. Our Student Nurse Extern Program is an excellent way to further your skills while experiencing firsthand what a career at MedStar Union Memorial can mean for you.

Senior nursing students have a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with a mentoring registered nurse to help develop critical thinking skills and increase confidence. A dedicated RN education specialist will monitor students’ clinical experience to assure that learning needs are met and that students gain the best possible clinical experience.

Additional classes to prepare nurse externs for the clinical environment are also part of the educational program.

Nurse Extern Benefits

Among the many benefits of becoming a student nurse extern at MedStar Union Memorial are:

  • Earn money while you learn new skills
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Increased opportunity for employment after graduation
  • Utilize and receive feedback on skills learned in school
  • Develop organizational and critical thinking skills
  • Educational offerings compliment clinical experiences
  • Increase your professional confidence
  • Provides multifaceted exposure to help you make initial career choice


Externship participants must be a senior nursing student with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and current CNA certification as mandated by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Requirements include the availability to work a minimum of eight hours per week and the submission of current official transcript upon initial application and at the end of each semester.

Students who participate in the Nurse Extern Program must complete their nursing program within one (1) year of entering the Nurse Extern program and make a commitment to remain employed with MedStar Union Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse for a minimum of one (1) year following graduation and successful completion of the NCLEX.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaboration with the RN at the time of patient admission in formulating the nursing plan of care
  • Formulation and implementation of the health teaching plan under the direction of the RN
  • Identification of patients needs, support and preparation for transfer or discharge care
  • Intravenous catheter insertions (on some units) after validation of competency
  • Dressing changes and routine inspection of IV sites
  • Routine phlebotomy after validation of competency

How to Apply

When opportunities are available and active recruitment is taking place, the position(s) is posted on the Career Opportunities page under the category of Nursing Careers. Using our online application system, submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references, including at least one from a clinical instructor.

Be prepared to submit or bring a current official college transcript. For consideration all required documentation must be available at the time of application. Applications lacking the required documentation may be excluded from consideration.

Student Nursing Assistant

Enhance your organizational skills while working in a designated nursing unit as a member of the patient care team. Develop and utilize clinical skills acquired as a student in a nursing degree program to assist in the care of a group of assigned patients. When they are available, positions are posted on our website under the category ofNursing Support.


Current enrollment as a Nursing Student in an accredited nursing (RN) program with current CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification as mandated by the Maryland Board of Nursing following successful completion of Fundamentals of Nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Submission of current official transcript upon initial application and at the end of each semester is also required.

Responsibilities (may vary according to unit) include:

  • Wound care
  • Simple dressing changes
  • Suctioning
  • Maintenance of drainage devices
  • EKGs and specimen collection
  • Respiratory therapy support including coughing, deep breathing and set up of oxygen equipment and pulse oximetry
  • Documentation of vital signs, height and weight and patient care activities
  • Patient transport