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Professional Student Nurse Extern (PSNE) Summer Program

The purpose of this program is to interest, challenge and provide professional nursing students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of oncology patient care at the nation’s foremost comprehensive cancer center. The program seeks to promote nursing at MD Anderson Cancer Center within the student nurse population and positively impact the recruitment of graduate nurses.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the summer PSNE program, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full time in an accredited BSN school of professional nursing;
  • Have completed their junior year of nursing by the beginning of the summer program;
  • Verify excellent academic standing by submission of school transcript;
  • Have a desire to work with the oncology patient population;
  • Be able to work 40 hours per week for the duration of the 10 week program, including some weekends; and
  • Be able to complete institutional and nursing PSNE orientation (orientation is scheduled late May).

The program will begin in late May and end early August and is limited to first-time participants only.

Clinical Experience

The program length is 10 weeks. Selected applicants will complete an orientation overseen by Workforce Planning and Development. Each student will be assigned to work under the direct supervision of registered nurse preceptors in one of our many clinical inpatient specialty areas.

MD Anderson areas include: Leukemia, Emergency Center, Intensive Care, Lymphoma, Pediatrics, Neuro/Rehab, Medical Oncology, Medical Telemetry, Melanoma/Sarcoma, Urology & Orthopedics, GI, Surgical Oncology, Telemetry & Thoracic Surgery, Head & Neck, Gynecology, Stem Cell Transplantation. 

Oncology Nursing Seminars

In addition to the clinical experience, students participate in weekly seminars taught by nursing experts and other disciplines. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Oncology Nursing
  • Pathophysiology of Cancer
  • Characteristics of Major Cancers
  • Oncologic Emergencies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Treatment Modalities
  • Quality of Life and Ethical Issues

Academic Credit

Schools of nursing may approve this program as a nursing elective for college credit. Students must have this approval from their schools before the start of the program. Schools of nursing may have additional requirements for academic credit. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the necessary paperwork to obtain academic credit.

Compensation

This is a temporary position. Students are paid an hourly salary and must be able to work a 40-hour work week. This position is not eligible for benefits.

Housing

The responsibility for housing rests solely with each student. The Texas Medical Center has provided a list of some options in the area.

How to Apply

Applications are tentatively scheduled to be open from March 1 – March 15 each year.

1. To complete the online application, select "Search Openings," and then enter keyword: "PSNE".

2. Download application packet information below:

3. Email the requirements listed in the "Eligibility and Material Requirements Letter" to workforcedevelopment@mdanderson.org no later than March 15 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Please note that mailed or hand-delivered packets will not be accepted.

Contact Information

Nursing Workforce Planning and Development
Email: workforcedevelopment@mdanderson.org
Phone: 713-792-7924


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