Nursing Student Programs

The Department of Nursing Education at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) offers a Summer Nurse Extern Program, an Oncology Nurse Fellowship, and undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing student clinical placement.

Summer Nurse Extern Program

We invite nursing students to become a part of our professional family through our summer program. The 10-week Nurse Extern Program enables you to renew your nursing skills, become acquainted with the clinical setting on a variety of units, apply academic knowledge to practice, work with nurse preceptors and participate in educational seminars. The 2018 Nurse Extern Program at Children’s Hospital utilizes a  flexible staffing model, including rotations through various units to help meet these demands.

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in NLNAC or CCNE program or a degree equivalency evaluation will be required for degrees obtained outside of the United States
  • Completion of junior year
  • Rising senior in September 2018 or graduating from a BSN program in December 2018
  • Available for entire 10-week externship (May 21 through July 27, 2018)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.4 at time of application. Applicants must upload an official transcript to their profile under “Supporting Documentation” (reflecting grades from Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters). Please upload from your previous school if you are new to your university this year. Applications without an official transcript uploaded by Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, will not be considered for the position.
  • Must be available to interview in person (by invitation) on Wednesday, Feb. 7 or Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Application Process and Timeline

Applications will be accepted online from Sunday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at careers.chop.edu under requisition number 13901.

Oncology Nursing Fellowship

The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program is designed to help stimulate career interest and foster the professional development of potential pediatric oncology nurses. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide aspiring nurses with comprehensive clinical exposure to oncology nursing and to best practices in compassionate care. This enriching experience will also involve classroom time, including weekly “lunch-and-learn” educational sessions. Fellows will be provided the opportunity to participate in shadow days observing oncology-related nursing roles across the full continuum of cancer care.

Requirements

  • Current enrollment in NLNAC and/or CCNE accredited BSN program or a degree equivalency evaluation will be required for degrees obtained outside of the United States
  • Completion of junior year
  • Rising senior in September 2018 or graduating from a BSN program in December 2018
  • Available for entire 10-week fellowship (May 21 through July 27, 2018)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.4 at time of application. Applicants must upload an official transcript to their profile under “Supporting Documentation” (reflecting grades from Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters). Please upload from your previous school if you are new to your university this year. Applications without an official transcript uploaded by Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, will not be considered for the position.
  • Essay up to three pages in length, uploaded to the applicant’s online application profile by Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, sharing: why you are interested in pediatric oncology nursing, career goals, how this fellowship will assist you in attaining these goals.
  • Must be available to interview in person (by invitation) on Wednesday, Feb. 7 or Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Application process and timeline

Applications will be accepted online from Sunday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at careers.chop.edu under requisition number 13902.

Nursing Student Clinical Placement

The Department of Nursing Education at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing student clinical placement. To ensure safe patient care and an optimal learning experience, please review these guidelines, policies, instructions and scheduling procedures for nursing student clinical placements.

To become a student at CHOP follow these steps.

Affiliation Agreement

To complete an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral student clinical rotation at CHOP, a contract or affiliation agreement must be in place with your school or nursing program. The agreement must be current and remain current beyond the dates of the proposed student rotation. The contract must be specific to your program of study (undergraduate vs. graduate vs. doctoral as the requirements may be different. 

These contracts define the requirements that your school or program must meet specific to preceptor supervision, licensure, student health screening and immunization status, certification, insurance coverage, liability, drug screening and criminal background check and are reviewed and approved by the legal departments at both CHOP and your school. 

Please confirm with your school's Program Director or Office of Student Affairs that a current Affiliation Agreement is in place. We currently have contracts with most local universities and are initiating new contracts/agreements on a case-by-case basis depending on the program and study. 

If no current affiliation agreement is on record and you wish to pursue the establishment of a new contract for graduate or doctoral program, you may contact Amy Scholtz. For undergraduate programs, you may contact Caroline Ayeni-Oyelakin.

Request for clinical placements

Graduate/doctoral students

All clinical placement requests must be submitted in writing from a faculty member or instructor at your school using the Graduate/Doctoral Student Clinical Placement Request Form, which you may request from Amy Scholtz. All required fields must be populated to submit requests. The faculty member or instructor must also submit course objectives and syllabi.

Deadlines for submitting clinical placement requests:

  • Fall semester – May 1
  • Spring semester – October 1
  • Summer semester – March 1

Once request forms have been submitted, clinical placement requests will be reviewed based on program, course objectives, experiences required, preceptor availability, start/end dates of rotation and number of hours needed. Faculty will be contacted with assigned placements. Communication will be directly with faculty at each school or program, and individual student requests will not be honored. Students are prohibited from reaching out to individual clinical sites or preceptors directly.

Undergraduate students

All placements requests for undergraduate nursing students must be submitted in writing from a faculty member or instructor using the Undergraduate Student Clinical Request Form, which you may request from Caroline Ayeni-Oyelakin. All required fields must be populated to submit requests.

Deadlines for submitting clinical placement requests:

  • Fall semester: May 1
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Summer semester: March 1

Once request forms have been submitted, placements requests will be reviewed based on unit availability, start/end dates of rotation and number of hours needed and faculty will be contacted with assigned placements. Communication will be directly with faculty at each school and individual student requests will not be honored. Students are discouraged from reaching out to individual clinical sites or preceptors directly.

Student compliance

To ensure safe patient care and ongoing regulatory readiness, we are required to ensure that all students meet specific requirements based on CHOP policies and procedures. Students must meet all compliance requirements before they are cleared to come on site and this information will be given to course faculty once placements are assigned.

All students must be up to date on all immunizations including influenza, have current BLS certification, and have completed a current criminal background check, child abuse clearance and FBI fingerprinting even if a current CHOP employee. All graduate and doctoral students must have a valid Pennsylvania RN license.

Graduate/doctoral nursing students at CHOP have many opportunities to advance their careers, through career coaching with talent strategists, sessions to discuss internal career advancement, and networking with current employees. We also offer monthly pharmacology and clinical topics educational sessions and bi-annual APP Forums on general advanced practice topics including strategic planning, building scale, and unique opportunities for each role and work/life integration.

We also offer PA student rotations in many of our specialty departments as an elective rotation. Please contact Amy Scholtz with questions or requests for PA student rotations. 

Contact information

Graduate/Doctoral/PA student placements:
Amy Scholtz, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC
Manager, Advanced Practice Providers
Coordinator of Graduate Nursing Student Clinical Placements
267-426-2265
scholtz@email.chop.edu

Undergraduate Nursing student placements:
Caroline Ayeni-Oyelakin, MSN,RN,CRNP,CPN
Educational Nurse Specialist
Coordinator of Undergraduate Nursing Students
215-590-2539
oyelakinc@email.chop.edu


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