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Nurse Extern Program

SoutheastHEALTH offers students from local nursing schools the opportunity to participate in our Nurse Extern Program. The program is designed for nursing students 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 allows for working in this capacity in addition to school commitments. Rotations to various patient care areas allow externs to work with experienced registered nurses in 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. To be considered for this yearlong experience, please apply at the following times:

  • For those graduating in May, the best time to apply is January through March 1.
  • For those graduating in December, the best time to apply is August through Oct. 1.

If circumstances change after the time frames mentioned above, applications may be submitted throughout the year. Please contact Klaire Telle at or 573.331.6564.

How Do I Apply?

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

SoutheastHEALTH Nurse Residency Program
Attn: Klaire Telle
1701 Lacey St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


Fax: 573.651.5832