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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. We offer a yearlong nurse extern experience and a summer-only extern experience.

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 as a nurse extern while maintaining school commitments. Rotations to various patient care areas allows externs to work with experienced registered nurses in specialized clinical areas.

For more details or any questions regarding the program, please email Klaire Telle at, Erin Drake at or call 573.331.6564.

Who Is Eligible?

Nursing students who are getting ready to begin their last year of nursing school or who are in their last year of nursing school are eligible to apply. The application process can begin during the second semester of nursing school to start the program before the last year of nursing school starts.

Applications will be accepted year-round, however the best times to apply are as follows:

Summer Program

  • Submit applications in January to start in May

Yearlong Program

  • May graduates apply starting in January before your final year of school begins
  • December graduates apply starting in August before your final year of school begins

Once we receive all required application documents (see below) we will schedule a time for an interview.

How Do I Apply?

Please send a copy of your transcript and additional extern application information via one of the following methods:

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

Email: or

Fax: 573.651.5832