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CHI Saint Joseph Health Invites Nursing Students to Learn More about Summer Nurse Extern Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2022) – Nursing students can “Immerse with a Nurse” and learn more about summer externships with CHI Saint Joseph Health facilities during events later this month. The events will include in-person interviews with job offers. 

The eight-week paid summer externship, which runs May 31-July 22, will allow students to gain an in-depth understanding of the role of a registered nurse in clinical practice and apply the knowledge they learn in a hands-on clinical setting. Students are eligible to participate in the externship the summer before graduation.

“We are thrilled to welcome applications from local nursing colleges to come and learn about this externship program that is available at every Saint Joseph Health Hospital across Kentucky,” said Melissa Bennett, DHA, RN, CPPS, NEA-BC, FACHE, chief operating officer / chief nurse executive, CHI Saint Joseph Health. “Our nursing team loves to work hands-on with students to help them grow their skills and develop over the course of eight weeks. This program has been beneficial for so many students and helps our team find new talent in nursing.”

To qualify for the externship, students must be enrolled in an accredited nursing school in either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program or Associate Degree in Nursing program and be in good standing with a projected graduation date through June 2023. Eligible students must be certified in Basic Life Support. Externship pay is $19/hour. CHI Saint Joseph Health is accepting applications for the program now through May 1, 2022.

The externship program allows students to be integral members of the health care team while working alongside registered nurses to gain real-life experience. Students may request their top placements and will be placed at CHI Saint Joseph Health facilities across the state in Bardstown, Berea, Lexington, London, Mount Sterling and Nicholasville.  At the conclusion of the externship, nursing students will be eligible to remain on staff and continue working flexible hours. CHI Saint Joseph Health welcomes students doing their practicum hours in their last semester as well in units of their choice. Hospitals also provide letters of intent for positions prior to graduation. 

The information sessions include one-on-one discussions with CHI Saint Joseph Health’s chief nursing officer and other nursing leaders who will share information about the benefits of working with the health care company and complimentary refreshments and gifts.

Space in each session is limited. To RSVP for an event, visit

Information Sessions:


Sedona Taphouse on Newtown Pike

1950 Newtown Pike, Suite 100

  • Tuesday, March 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.



Shiloh Steakhouse

218 Russell Dyche Memorial Hwy

  • Thursday, March 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Flaget Memorial Hospital’s Serenity Garden

4305 New Shepherdsville Road

  • Tuesday, April 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.


Publish date: 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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