Student Nursing Clinical Placement Internships

No Nurse Should Start the Journey Alone

Launching your nursing career or transitioning into a new nursing role is an exciting time, but it can also be a little frightening. That's why PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is committed to the Nursing Internship Program. Our three unique internships offer individualized attention in a challenging, yet nurturing, environment. You’re never alone in our internship; our educators and preceptors are with you as a coach, mentor, and resource to enhance your learning experience.

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Clinical Practice—Nursing Internship Program

Often times, the new nurse graduate as well as the experienced nurse looking to move into an alternate role, are thrust into clinical care situations with little or no quantifiable background. At PeaceHealth Southwest, the Nurse Internship Program has been established to assist in this transition. Through formal classroom and clinical instruction, the Internship Program focuses not only on strengthening the intern's proficiency, but more importantly on increasing patient safety and patient outcomes.

Critical Care Internship

Our Critical Care internship is a 13-week long training and orientation program designed to prepare nurses for a career in critical care nursing. Part of the didactic training includes classes taken through the Greater Portland Chapter of AACN and the Critical Care Consortium and is coordinated by our Critical Care Clinical Educator. This internship is held three or more times a year, based upon the needs of our organization.

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Requirements for consideration include:

  • Current Washington RN license by the program start date
  • Prefer one year of recent experience on a medical or surgical acute care unit or a recent senior practicum on a Critical Care Unit
  • Must commit to full-time hours during the internship
  • Must commit to the equivalent of 2 years of full time employment in the Intensive Care Unit or Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit following successful completion of the internship program 

Emergency Department Internship

Our ED internship is a 26-week long orientation and training program designed to prepare nurses for a career in emergency nursing. The combination of didactic and clinical training is based on principles recommended by ENA and is coordinated by our ED Clinical Educator. Interested RNs may apply online for one of our ED Internship positions. Positions are posted approximately every 6 months in or based upon the needs of our organization.

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Requirements for consideration include:

  • Current Washington RN license by the program start date
  • Prefer one year of recent experience on a medical or surgical acute care unit or a recent senior practicum in the Emergency department or other critical care unit
  • Must commit to full-time hours during the internship
  • Must commit to the equivalent of 2 years of full time employment in the Emergency Department following successful completion of the internship program 

Perioperative Internship Program

Our perioperative internship is an 18-week long training program followed by a 26-week long orientation program designed to prepare nurses for a career in surgical nursing. The unique combination of didactic and clinical training is based on the AORN Periop 101 training modules, and is overseen by our Perioperative Clinical Educator. Interested RNs may apply online for one of our Perioperative Internship positions. Positions are posted every summer for a fall internship or more often based upon the needs of our organization.

Activate the "Career Mail" service.  Follow the instructions to be notified when new job openings for this internship are posted (search for "Staff RN - Perioperative Intern Program").

Requirements for consideration include:

  • Current Washington RN license by the program start date
  • Must commit to full-time hours during the internship
  • Must commit to the equivalent of 2 years of full time employment in the Operating Room following successful completion of the internship program