Duke Health's 2020 Professional Nursing Assistant (PNA) Summer Externship

We are now accepting applications for summer 2020!

Program begins - May 26, 2020

Program ends - August 4, 2020

Prior to graduation, nursing students are offered the opportunity to grow their skills and experiences by participating in our paid, 10-week PNA summer externship program. This program brings together students and preceptors in a unique, one-on-one clinical partnership where mentor relationships strengthen the students’ awareness of nursing scope of practice and critical thinking skills.

PNA program participants will apply for PNA positions that parallel the traditional scope of practice for the Nursing Assistant (NAI) role as defined by the NC Nurse Aide Registry. Learning and nursing engagement occurs on a 36- to 40-hour/week rotating schedule in a variety of specialties, such as pediatrics, oncology and adult critical care.
Externship Opportunities include (subject to change and may vary by facility): Duke University Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, DUHS OR/peri-op and hospital-based clinics/ambulatory are accepting PNAs. Opportunities are available in the following specialty areas: adult bone marrow transplant, adult critical care, emergency department, med/surg, intensive care nursery, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics-critical care, pediatrics-outpatient, pediatrics-inpatient, pulmonary/renal, women’s services/birthing center and surgical services and peri-op services.

Selection Timeline:

  • Registered by (NC NA):
Thursday, April 30, 2020 (North Carolina residents) 
Monday, May 11, 2020 (out-of-state residents)


To register, contact:

NC Division of Health Service Regulation (NCA I) Center for Aide Regulation and Education Branch Registry Staff.

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Phone: 919-855-3969  |  Fax: 919-733-9764


1.  Apply now using one of the links below.
Application due date and references due February 15, 2020
2.  All applicants are required to complete a survey as part of the application process.
The survey link will be embedded in the job posting so please read carefully and be sure to complete the survey in order for your application to be considered complete.
3.  Once the survey is complete and it has been determined that you meet the minimum requirements for the program, you will receive an invitation to complete and submit a video interview.
4.  As a final step in the submission process, you will be required to provide professional references.
Your professional references can be clinical instructors, preceptors, current or previous employers, etc.
Once you’ve completed the four (4) steps listed above, your application for the Summer 2020 PNA program is complete! Notification of program acceptance will be extended no later than March 15, 2020.

Duke University Hospital

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Duke Regional Hospital

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Duke Raleigh Hospital

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