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Nurse Extern Program

Applications for the next year will be accepted beginning in mid-January.

The Nurse Extern Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center is a structured educational and clinical program for nursing students with an interest in oncology nursing. The program is held the summer before the senior year in nursing school. Student nurse externs work full time (36 hours) for eight weeks with registered nurse preceptors in the inpatient clinical setting.

Weekly educational sessions designed specifically for the Nurse Extern Program are offered. While a variety of topics are included, some highlights are:

  • Palliative Care
  • Safe Handling of Chemotherapy
  • Care and Treatment Modalities for Site Specific Cancers
  • Pain Assessment and Management
  • Skin Care
  • Nursing Workforce Issues

The program offers additional opportunities for the student nurse extern including:

  • Participation in educational programs for RN staff
  • Observation experiences
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Operating Room
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Infusion Room
  • Wound and Ostomy Care Rounds
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Endoscopy Unit

Our program is rich in clinical and teambuilding experiences and provides the student opportunities to utilize critical thinking in an acute care patient setting.

Please note we have a very limited number of openings. It is a competitive acceptance process.  Starting in 2016 this will be a paid experience.