Nursing

Where is Your Nursing Future?

It is right here — at Saint Francis Healthcare System.

Based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Saint Francis Healthcare System offers services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to more than 715,000 people in southeast Missouri and in a five-state region through Saint Francis Medical Center and more than 40 Medical Partner locations.

The Catholic-based Healthcare System has evolved in the 21st century from a local community medical center to the regional tertiary healthcare leader. Nestled only 100 miles south of St. Louis, we mix big-city excitement with small-town charm.

Everything you need to know about nursing at Saint Francis is right here — learn more about pay and benefit packages and about Saint Francis Healthcare System.

Have questions about a healthcare career at Saint Francis? Contact us today.

Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Our graduate nurse residency program is a valuable training tool for recent nursing graduates when they first arrive at the Healthcare System. From classroom and patient care experiential learning side by side with nurse mentors, to using clinical and professional skills serving the community to fulfill Saint Francis’s Mission, the nursing residency program offers an exclusive group of nursing graduates an outstanding jump-start to a nursing career at Saint Francis.

Learn more about the graduate nurse residency program.

Nursing Student Externship Program

The Externship for Nursing Students program provides a dynamic learning experience. This program allows students to participate in direct patient care with assigned RN mentors. Time will be spent in both Medical/Surgical and Specialty areas of choice. The Externship will be offered to new participants throughout the year. Nursing students, chosen for this program, will have the opportunity to participate in the Externship until graduation from their nursing program. Nurse Externs will also be given the opportunity to train and work as a Patient Care Associate while participating in the program.

Program Details

  • Organizational and classroom orientation to start in May and December
  • RN mentored clinical experience
  • Participate in direct and indirect patient care
  • Spend time in both Medical/Surgical and Specialty areas
  • Opportunity to advance nursing skills while working under the direction of experienced nursing professionals
  • 12 hours paid clinical experience every two weeks with the opportunity for additional hours during school breaks
  • Options to further your training in additional roles throughout the Healthcare System
  • Flexible shifts to accommodate any school schedule

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nursing students who are entering or within their last year of the nursing program
  • Meet Saint Francis job-related health requirements
  • Satisfactory work record (from within the last year)
  • Satisfactory academic record

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Applications for the Nursing Student Externship Program are not being accepted at this time. Please check back soon.

Stories from Our Nurses

Nurses come from near and far to practice at Saint Francis Healthcare System for a variety of reasons. See what our Nurses have to say about becoming part of the Saint Francis Family and Cape Girardeau.

Ashley Seabaugh

Ashley Seabaugh is the director of Learning and Development at Saint Francis Healthcare System. She is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Edward Heath, RN, BSN – Emergency Department

Edward Heath discovered his love of the healthcare industry while living in his home country of Peru when a group came to his town on a medical mission trip. Seeing the work that was performed inspired him to pursue his passion.

Jennifer Debrock, BSN, RN

Jennifer Debrock, BSN, RN, started her first nursing job at Saint Francis 13 years ago, but her love for people and their hearts started long before that.