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The Nurse Extern Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center is a structured educational and clinical program for nursing students with an interest in oncology nursing. The program is held the summer before the senior year in nursing school. Student nurse externs work full time for eight weeks with registered nurse preceptors in the inpatient clinical setting.

Weekly educational sessions designed specifically for the Nurse Extern Program are offered. While a variety of topics are included, some highlights are:

  • Palliative Care
  • Safe Handling of Chemotherapy
  • Care and Treatment Modalities for Site Specific Cancers
  • Pain Assessment and Management
  • Skin Care
  • Nursing Workforce Issues

The program offers additional opportunities for the student nurse extern including:

  • Participation in educational programs for RN staff
  • Observation experiences
    • Interventional Radiology
    • Operating Room
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Infusion Room
    • Wound and Ostomy Care Rounds
    • Post Anesthesia Care Unit

Aplications will be accepted from
January 18-March 12, 2016.

Our program is rich in clinical and teambuilding experiences and provides the student opportunities to utilize critical thinking in an acute care patient setting.

Please note we have a very limited number of openings; it is a competitive acceptance process. This is a paid position.

How do you apply?

An application packet including all of the following;

  • professional resume
  • two professional letters of reference [PDF]
    • recent medical-surgical instructor REQUIRED.
    • additional clinical instructor, employer reference, or professional affiliate (this reference may be narrative or use the same form)
  • copy of your transcript, including your most recent grades
  • Send to
    John Lavery
    Nurse Recruiter
    Fox Chase Cancer Center
    333 Cottman Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19111

For questions, contact John Lavery,