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Student and Graduate Nursing Programs

The Medical Center offers student and nurse graduates a variety of opportunities to become a registered nurse with our hospital.

Student Nurse Registry Program

Our Student Nurse Registry is a PRN position designed for the RN student nurse. With demanding school schedules, the registry offers nursing students the opportunity to work as their school schedule permits. It allows nursing students to gain exposure in actual hospital settings to provide an opportunity to perfect clinical and organizational skills, and is a means by which nursing staff personnel can be supplemented. Nursing students are titled Student Nurse Registrant (SNR). Students who want regular schedule hours are directed to a regular Certified Nursing Assistant position, if available. Special assigned pay rate for participation in the Student Nurse Registry is provided. The Student Nurse Registry staff is also eligible for cafeteria discounts and free attendance at Continuing Education programs.

Student Nurse Internship Program

Our Student Nurse Internship Program provides nursing students completing their junior year in the baccalaureate program with an opportunity to practice and perform in an expanded role. This allows them to put what they have learned in the classroom into clinical practice. The intensive program takes place during the summer, usually beginning in June. Participants in the program must complete an application and selection process. Nurse Interns work under the direct supervision of a registered nurse preceptor. The Nurse Intern works the same schedule as their preceptor for the duration of the program. Some of the specialty units that the student nurse may work include Emergency Room, Orthopaedics, Surgery, Oncology, CCU, ICCU, and ICU/OHR.

Graduate Nurse Program

Our Graduate Nurse Program at The Medical Center is both a proactive response to the growing shortage of nurses and the need to transition new nurses from the academic to the hospital environment. This program typically starts in the months of January and June. The program consists of a formalized didactic program, followed by orientation to a nursing specific unit. The Graduate Nursing Program provides an environment conducive to the optimal transition from the academic to the clinical setting. It also provides an atmosphere of camaraderie among the program participants as well as the instructors and preceptors that they encounter.

For more information about Student and Graduate Nursing Programs at The Medical Center, call (270) 745-1585 or 1-866-740-1550.