NEXT: Vanderbilt Nurse Externship Program

Are you ready to take your student nursing skills to the NEXT level?

picVanderbilt Nurse Externship, NEXT, is an 8-week paid summer externship targeted for pre-licensure nursing students who have completed two clinical rotations.  After the summer externship ends, NEXT students have the option to transition to a PRN role with VUMC, a leader in global healthcare and one of Tennessee’s largest employers.

What is NEXT?
NEXT is designed for externs to gain hands-on clinical experience, working with adult or pediatric patients in a care area or track that interests them. Externs will acquire valuable skills, gain self-confidence, and increase clinical competency under the supervision of our experienced nurse preceptors.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend training in nursing specialties like cardiac, neuro, medicine, surgery, and trauma and engage in interprofessional shadow opportunities within their track during the NEXT program. These opportunities enhance participant understanding of complementary roles that impact patient experiences within their specialty.

NEXT also provides a gateway to further career opportunities at VUMC.  As Vanderbilt employees, NEXT participants are eligible to transition to a care provider role at VUMC based on their availability and schedule.

NEXT Program Requirements

NEXT is open to VUMC staff and non-VUMC staff.

To be considered, candidates must meet these requirements:

•  Currently enrolled in an associate, bachelor's, or
   pre-licensure MSN nursing program
•  Within 12 months of graduating with an associate, bachelor, or
   pre-licensure MSN nursing program
•  Completion of at least 2 rotations of hospital-based clinical
   nursing experience
•  Available to work up to 36 hours per week during the summer
   and rotating shifts (weekends/nights/holidays)
•  Current Basic Life Support Certification from a VUMC-approved
•  Meet VUMC employment guidelines

NEXT Options: Adult and Pediatric Tracks

Vanderbilt University Hospital Adult Track Options:
•  Cardiac and Neuro
•  Medicine
•  Surgery and Trauma

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Track Option:
•  Pediatrics


2024 Program Dates
Adult Tracks -Two start date options:
•  May 20 through July 12
•  June 3 through July 26

Pediatric Track - One start date:
•  June 3 through July 26

Questions? Contact Us.


Kathryn Collier, MSN, RN
NEXT Lead/Nursing Education Specialist - Central Team,
Nursing Education and Professional Development



Apply Now


Vanderbilt University Hospital
Adult Tracks

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at
Vanderbilt Pediatric Track

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Please choose your track preference in the online application and complete it in its entirety.  Preferences are considered, but not guaranteed and options may be discussed

After your application is reviewed, a talent recruitment specialist will be in touch to schedule either an in-person or virtual interview.



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