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Nurse Extern - Mercy Oklahoma City, Guthrie, Watonga

Nurse Extern - Mercy Oklahoma City, Guthrie, Watonga

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US-OK-Oklahoma City

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We’re a Little Different


Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way.


Mercy's Nurse Externship is a 10-week paid summer program designed to be an extension of the nursing student's formal education process.  Students have opportunity to take part in the continuity of patient care and experience the realities of paid employment, staffing patterns and nurse-to-patient ratios. An RN preceptor oversees the student, providing professional clinical guidance during the program. Externs benefit from collaborative exchange, educational opportunities and supplemental learning activities. Upon application, your area of preference will be heavily considered but is not guaranteed. Shadowing opportunity will be provided in a second area if you are not selected for your preferred area.


Responsibilities and Qualifications

Responsibilities are to assist with the assessment of the patient, planning the patient's care under the direction of the Registered Nurse Clinical Preceptor, and implementation and evaluation of patient care under supervision of the RN preceptor. Externs are required to follow the schedule of their preceptor, including weekends and holidays, and attend scheduled educational and collaborative sessions.  The work requirement is 36 hours per week for 10 weeks.

2/5/2018             Application deadline

3/2/18                 Interview day

5/21/18               Program starts

7/28/18               Program ends

Because you’re committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That’s why you’ll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:

  • Must have completed second semester of hospital clinicals and be entering senior year.
  • BLS certified. Required certifications must be current before assigned to care for patients independently.
  • Excellent communication skills, good computer skills
  • Must be able to work 36-40 hours per week during the entire 10-week summer program, which begins on May 21, 2018, and ends on July 28, 2018.
  • Must complete the application process on or before February 5. 

    Applying for this program includes an online application and an additional submission which can be mailed, or handed in to HR at Mercy. The entire application must be completed, submitted or postmarked on or before February 5, 2018, and must include the submissions listed below in order to be considered:
    1. This online application completed, along with the online Talent Assessment that follows after you hit "submit."
    2. In addition to the online portion, the entire application package must be submitted or postmarked on or before February 5, 2018, by mail or in person (to "Extern Recruiter, 4345 W. Memorial Rd, Suite 220, Oklahoma City, OK 73134"). The additional package must contain the items listed below in order to be considered:
    3.  A 275-300-word essay explaining your "top two" areas of interest, and what you hope to gain from the Extern experience.  Include your expected graduation date. 
    4. Your most recent official school transcript
    5. A reference letter from your hospital clinical instructor
    6. A reference letter from your employer or previous employer. (If you currently work at Mercy a letter from your current supervisor is required. If you have never been employed, you may substitute a letter from another instructor.)


We’ll Support You at Work and Home


Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed.


What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.


Frequently asked Questions about Mercy Externships


Q: How will I know if I am selected? Those selected for interview day will be called for scheduling. Extern job offers will be made by phone before March 15, 2018.  Those not selected will receive an email. If you are not offered an externship, we encourage you to apply for our year-round Nursing Assistant Flex Pool

Q: What if I have a vacation planned for the summer?  Please schedule your vacation outside the program dates.

Q: Will I work in the department I requested?  Because our patients come first, each nursing unit must balance the number of Externs with the number of preceptors available. We will heavily consider your unit of preference, however, you may be offered a position in a different unit. Shadowing opportunity will be offered in one of your top areas.

Q: Will I be working days or nights?  You will work the hours/shift of your preceptor.  Willingness to work either shift (day/night) will maximize your opportunities.

Q: I live near a regional facility.  Are externships available there?  Our regional hospitals in Guthrie, Kingfisher, and Watonga are also offering externships. Let your recruiter know if this is your interest.

Q: What if I don't get an offer? This is a very competitive program. We expect to make offers to around 30 outstanding candidates. We review each applicant to find the most appropriate fit for available openings. If you are not offered an externship, we encourage you to apply for our year-round Nursing Assistant Flex Pool. During your final semester we recommend you apply for our RN residency.


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