NEXT FAQ's for Candidates

  • NEXT is a precepted opportunity for students to learn from our experienced nurses and build valuable professional relationships. During the program, nursing students will gain knowledge and increase clinical competency through exposure to a wide variety of hands-on skills and interprofessional shadowing experiences.


  • Participants will have the opportunity to shadow nurses, other healthcare professionals, and leaders in departments within their track during the NEXT program. Shadow opportunities enhance participant understanding of complimentary roles that impact patient experiences within their specialty.

  • You must be an ADN, BSN, or pre-licensure MSN student who has completed two clinical rotations.  


  • NEXT is an 8-week program.  

    The start dates will be May and June. Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has 1 start date, 6/3/24, and VUH has 2 start date options, 5/20/24 and 6/3/24.

  • Market competitive starting rates will be discussed with candidates upon offer.


  • You are required to work 36 hours a week during the summer externship.  


  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Hospital.


    • Pediatrics
    • Adult Cardiac and Neuro
    • Adult Medicine and Emergency Care
    • Adult Surgery and Trauma
  • Yes. Following completion of NEXT, you can work as PRN care partner.  


  • Yes, in a PRN capacity. PRN requirements vary on entity and department. Please speak with your departmental manager and/or educator about the PRN requirements.  


  • Yes, pending that you have received a final positive evaluation following completion of NEXT.  


  • Yes, as an internal employee, you will be able to apply and be considered for a different area. 


  • No, this position is considered part-time/PRN.  You will work full-time hours during the 8 weeks of the summer externship. Following completion of NEXT, you will only be required to complete the PRN requirements as a PRN employee.  




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