Summer Patient Care Extern program

We have a summer extern program for student nurses. Serving as an extern increases your confidence and expertise, giving you a chance to put into practice the knowledge you’re gaining from your education. In addition, you learn what it’s like to work on a nursing team and explore a specific area of nursing, so you’ll have a better idea what you want to do when you graduate.

Program Highlights:

  • 10-week summer program, June 5, 2023 to August 6, 2023
  • 36 to 40 hours per week
  • Specialty tracks with rotations in a variety of nursing areas
  • One-on-one dedicated time with RN
  • Monthly educational offerings
  • Competitive pay

Program Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited BSN or ASN program and in good standing.
  • Entering final pre-licensure year of nursing school (graduation December 2023 or May 2024)
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Goshen Health PCE application
  • Complete the PCE program packet, upload completed packet along with the following documents:
    • Two faculty recommendation forms (completed by instructor)
    • Skills validation form
    • Official transcript
  • All documents must be submitted by clicking on the following link by January 31, 2023 to be considered for the Goshen Health PCE program.
Click here to submit documents

Candidate Interviews:

Candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.
  • Monday, February 6, 2023, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please contact Human Resources with any questions: (574) 364-2626

Program Comments:

Kaitlyn Nusbaum, Indiana University South Bend Student – 2020 Patient Care Extern
“The PCE program was an amazing opportunity presented to me the summer before my last semester of nursing school. This program helped me build confidence in my nursing abilities and helped me build irreplaceable interpersonal skills needed for the profession. When I started the program, I was definitely nervous about fitting in with my preceptor and team, but the culture at Goshen Health is so wonderful. I never felt like I was out of place and was always treated with kindness and understanding. It was amazing to work with such an awesome team. The Extern Program itself was great, because we were always checking in with each other and it was always easy to reach out to those in charge or other members of the program. We did reflections throughout the summer which really helped me realize how much I grew. This program helped concretize the skills I had learned so far in school and helped me excel the last semester. I will always recommend the PCE program with Goshen Health!”
McKenzie Love, Indiana Wesleyan University Student – 2020 Patient Care Extern
“The first thing I would tell anyone thinking about applying for the PCE program at Goshen Hospital is…..DO IT! I cannot say how grateful I am that Goshen Hospital gave me this opportunity. They try to pair externs with young nurses who graduated in the past few years. This made it less intimidating and easier to ask questions. The RN’s understand because they were in training not long ago. What I found most useful from the PCE program was it gave me a chance to put together all the aspects of nursing. Not only specific nursing skills but how to communicate with other health care professionals and to prioritize patients and their care. The 10-week program gave me a true feeling of what it will be like to work 12hr shifts. It felt more real than what going to a clinical does. The culture at Goshen Hospital is incredible. All the nurses were so helpful and wanted to help me get as much out of the PCE program as I could. They would go out of their way to involve me in unusual situations. My preceptor was very patient and provided a learning culture where I did not feel afraid to make mistakes. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity before going into my senior year of nursing school. Because of this experience, I truly feel it gave me an advantage over my other classmates.”
Mollee Hopkins, Indiana University South Bend Student – 2020 Patient Care Extern
“I am extremely grateful for all that the PCE program offered me. I was able to learn so much about nursing and what occurs day in and day out. My preceptor was extremely supportive in helping me to learn and grow throughout the summer and by the time it was over I felt so much more confident in my nursing abilities! I think that the PCE program really helped to solidify my choice to be a nurse and allowed me a space to maintain the mindset over the summer once classes were done. If you are considering applying for the program don't hesitate and just do it! Every single nurse on the units I worked on were excited to pull me into rooms for educational opportunities, not just my preceptor. I am extremely happy I chose to do the Goshen PCE program and that they chose to invest in me!"