Nurse Extern Program

SoutheastHEALTH offers students from local Nursing Schools the opportunity to participate in our Nurse Extern Program. The program is designed for the nursing student who would like to get a head start on their skills and career. Students who are getting ready to begin their last year of nursing school are eligible to apply.

As hospital employees, Externs rotate through various departments as they learn and practice nursing skills including assessment, documentation, intervention, and evaluation. Flexible scheduling permits working in this capacity in addition to school commitments. Rotations to various patient care areas allow Externs to work with experienced registered nurses in various clinical areas of their choice.

Who is Eligible?

Nursing students who are getting ready to begin their last year of nursing school.

An interview will be scheduled once all the required documents (see below) are received. In order to get the year-long experience, please apply at the following times:

  • For those graduating in May, best time to apply is January through March 1
  • For those graduating in December, best time to apply is August through October 1
  • If circumstances change after the time frames mentioned above, applications may be submitted throughout the year. Please contact Anita Smith at or 573-331-6597.

How Do I Apply?

Please send a copy of your transcript and the completed Extern Application and Area of Interest Survey with one of the following methods:

  1. Mail:
    Nurse Residency Program
    Attn: Anita Smith
    1701 Lacey Street
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  2. Email: 
  3. Fax: 573-651-5832