Emergency Department

202 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

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Summer Extern Program for Student Nurses

Transitioning from the classroom to a career can be challenging. You can get a head start on your nursing career by taking advantage of this unique opportunity. Earn as you learn at Meriter Hospital during our summer program. 

Program Timeline:

  • May 22, 2023 – July 30, 2023
  • You will be assigned to work Day, PM, or Night shift including every other weekend.

The Meriter Advantage

From May to the end of July, you will work in our caring, nurturing environment under the guidance of an experienced registered nurse in one of our Patient Care areas. Our Student Nurse Extern Program will allow you to observe, firsthand, the dynamics of collaborative nursing practice and to begin the transition of student to professional nurse at Meriter.

Orientation classes will supplement your hands-on clinical experiences. Clinical opportunities will be offered in the following units: General Medical, Heart and Vascular, Operating Room, Neuro, Surgical, Med/Surg/Oncology, Nursing Resource Pool, Emergency Services, and the Birthing Center. These departments will provide a fast-paced work environment, and the experience provided will develop critical thinking skills, teamwork and collaborative skills with solid patient care experiences.

How to Apply

Please complete the entire add-on form at the bottom of this page. Once you have populated all the information into the form, be sure to click the print button and print a copy for your records. Once you've printed your form, you should click File-Save As and Save a copy to your computer for the next step. Please make sure that what you attach is readable, as we will not review any forms that have formatting issues.

Once you have completed the add-on form and saved to your computer, you are then ready to submit your online application for the Nurse Extern Program on the UnityPoint Health - Meriter Careers page. Upload your resume and unofficial official transcripts and be sure to also upload your add-on form into your application prior to submitting. It is your responsibility to make sure that all required application materials are included in the online application and received by the deadline, January 31, 2023. 

Completed application material includes:


January 31, 2023 

(We will not consider incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline).


The Student Nurse Extern Program is open to any nursing student who:

  • Will have senior status in an accredited nursing program for the fall semester of 2023
  • Anticipates graduating in December 2023 or May 2024
  • Has completed at least one acute care clinical
  • Certified as a Nursing Assistant
  • Is certified in Health Care Provider BLS through July 2023
  • Is a student in good standing at an accredited school of nursing