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

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we invite students who are enrolled in a bachelor’s of nursing program to become a part of our professional family through our Summer Nurse Extern Program. The 10-week program enables students entering their senior year (rising senior in September 2019 or graduating from a BSN program in December 2019) to become acquainted with the clinical setting, apply academic knowledge to practice, work with nurse preceptors to provide hands-on patient care, and participate in educational seminars.

The externs rotate through two clinical areas over the 10-week program and will receive these assignments just prior to the start of the program; therefore, externs must be open to placement in any clinical area. Please read the application process and timeline and ensure you have all of the requirements on the checklist completed by the application deadline.

Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to provide status updates on individual applications. All applicants will be contacted via email regarding their application no later than January 10, 2019.

FAQs

What are the dates of the extern program?

Nurse externs need to be available to work for the entire 10-week externship (May 20 through July 26, 2019).

Is there a GPA requirement for the position?

Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.4 (inclusive of Spring 2018/Summer 2018 semesters) is required.

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted online from Tuesday, November 20, through Friday, December 14, 2018. You must upload a copy of your official transcript and your essay expressing interest by December 14, 2018 (see applicant checklist below).

Will I need to provide references with my application?

References are not required at the time of application. References will be collected via an online survey if you are selected for an in-person interview. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted.

When will the interviews be scheduled?

Candidates selected for an in-person interview must be available to interview on Friday February 1, 2019, or Tuesday February 5, 2019.

What areas in the hospital participate in the Nurse Extern Program?

Participating clinical areas include:  medical/surgical inpatient units, intensive care units, perioperative areas, and outpatient primary care sites. Externs must be open to placement in any clinical area.

What schedule will I work as a nurse extern?

Nurse externs are hired to work 36 hours per week. Shifts may rotate and will include some weekend shifts. Extern schedules are based on their preceptors' schedules.

Are nurse externs paid?

Yes, the nurse extern position is a paid position at CHOP.

Can I continue to work as a nurse extern at the completion of the program?

Nurse externs can express interest and interview for a per diem nurse tech position at the end of the externship.

Applicant checklist

  • Apply online to the nurse extern position posted at careers.chop.edu from Tuesday, November 20, through Friday, December 14, 2018.
  • Applicants must upload an official transcript (screen shots and unofficial transcripts will not be accepted) to their online profile under the “Supporting Documentation” tab (reflecting grades through the Spring/Summer 2018 semester). Please upload a transcript from your previous college if you are new to your university this year. An official transcript must be uploaded by Friday, December 14, 2018.
  • Applicants must upload a short essay to the Supporting Documentation section of your online profile at the time of application. The essay should be 150 words or less and should describe why you have an interest in pediatrics and why you should be considered for a nurse externship with CHOP.

Please note: We are unable to consider candidates with incomplete applications or those with documents uploaded after the deadline.

Oncology Nursing Fellowship

The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a 10-week program designed to help stimulate career interest and foster the professional development of potential pediatric oncology nurses. The program is open to students entering their senior year (rising senior in September 2019 or graduating from a BSN program in December 2019) who are enrolled in a bachelor’s of nursing program. 

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. Please read the application process and timeline and ensure you have all of the requirements on the checklist completed by the application deadline.

Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to provide status updates on individual applications. All applicants will be contacted via email regarding their application no later than January 10, 2019.

FAQs

What are the dates of the Flynn Fellowship?

Flynn fellows need to be available to work for the entire 10-week program (May 20 through July 26, 2019).

Is there a GPA requirement for the position?

Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.4 (inclusive of Spring 2018/Summer 2018 semesters) is required.

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted online from Tuesday, November 20, through Friday, December 14, 2018. You must upload a copy of your official transcript and your essay expressing interest by December 14, 2018 (see applicant checklist below).

Will I need to provide references with my application?

References are not required at the time of application. References will be collected via an online survey if you are selected for an in-person interview. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted.

When will the interviews be scheduled?

Candidates selected for an in-person interview must be available to interview on Friday February 1, 2019, or Tuesday February 5, 2019.

What schedule will I work as a Flynn fellow?

Flynn fellows are hired to work 36 hours per week. Shifts may rotate and will include some weekend shifts. Flynn fellows’ schedules are based on their preceptors’ schedules.

Are Flynn fellows paid?

Yes, the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program is a paid position at CHOP.

Can I continue to work as a Flynn fellow at the completion of the program?

Flynn fellows can express interest and interview for a per diem nurse tech position at the end of the fellowship.

Applicant checklist

  • Apply online to the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program position posted at careers.chop.edu from Tuesday, November 20, through Friday, December 14, 2018.
  • Applicants must upload an official transcript (screen shots and unofficial transcripts will not be accepted) to their online profile under the “Supporting Documentation” tab (reflecting grades through the Spring/Summer 2018 semester). Please upload a transcript from your previous college if you are new to your university this year. An official transcript must be uploaded by Friday, December 14, 2018.
  • Applicants must upload a short essay to the Supporting Documentation section of their online profile at the time of application. The essay may be up to three pages in length and should describe why you are interested in pediatric oncology nursing, your career goals, and how this fellowship will assist you in attaining these goals. The essay must be uploaded by Friday December 14, 2018.

Please note: We are unable to consider candidates with incomplete applications or those with documents uploaded after the deadline.

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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