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.
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:
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.