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Nurse Extern - Summer

To us, it's about living life to the fullest while serving our patients, teammates, neighbors and friends. We are dedicated and passionate in everything we do, seeking challenge and appreciating the routes that got us here. Whether our path is clinical or not, we all came to find balance and meaning in our lives within the work we are passionate about and the adventures we live.

Vail Health has become the world’s most advanced mountain healthcare system. Vail Health consists of an updated 520,000-square-foot, 56-bed hospital.  This state-of-the-art facility provides exceptional care to all of our patients, with the most beautiful views in the area, located centrally in Vail. 

In addition to the hospital, Vail Health has many access points including:

  • Howard Head Sports Medicine offers physical therapy services at 10 locations and works closely with our internationally renowned orthopedic partners at The Steadman Clinic and Vail-Summit Orthopedics & Neurosurgery.
  • Vail Health also owns interest in multiple joint venture ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) throughout the region.
  • Colorado Mountain Medical, Beaver Creek Medical Center, urgent care clinics in Vail, Dillon, Avon and Eagle, Edwards medical campus and Eagle Healthcare Center.
  • The Shaw Cancer Center and Sonnenalp Breast Center are the region’s only fully accredited cancer treatment center and comprehensive breast center. 
  • Vail Health is also leading the way in serving our communities’ behavioral health needs with outpatient behavioral health services at the Edwards Community Health Campus, and the Precourt Healing Center, a 28-bed in-patient behavioral health facility, opening in 2025.
We are seeking dedicated and passionate nursing students to join our healthcare team in the picturesque town of Vail, Colorado as a Summer Nurse Extern. As a Summer Nurse Extern, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one of 4 inpatient units: Family Birth Center, Intensive Care Unit, Patient Care Unit, and Emergency Department. Learn alongside expert RNs in a dynamic healthcare environment while enjoying the stunning natural surroundings of Vail. This temporary position is designed to provide nursing students with valuable insights into the field and enhance their clinical skills during the summer season.
About the opportunity:

The Nurse Extern functions as a collaborative member of the health care team in partnership with and under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse (RN). Promotes values of compassion, integrity, stewardship, teamwork, safety, and excellence in interactions with patients, families, and team members. Collaborates with care team, the medical staff, and other departments to provide quality patient care. Supports established hospital policies and procedures.

What you will do:
  1. Provides support as a nurse extern in one of the following departments: Emergency Department, Family Birth Center, Intensive Care Unit, and Patient Care Unit.
  2. Assists with and performs patient care including collection of patient information, accurate reading and documentation of vital signs, and recording input and output activities and treatments on the electronic medical record.
  3. Coordinates the daily patient flow and schedule to optimize patient care, safety, and satisfaction - includes preparing rooms for exams and procedures, transferring patients between departments, and providing sitter responsibilities as assigned.
  4. Performs activities of daily living (ADLs) appropriate to the patient's condition.
  5. Demonstrates clinical knowledge in all patient types and age groups to meet patient care needs/outcomes within the practice.
  6. Complies with processes to ensure patient safety and upholds patient fall precautions.
  7. Takes personal accountability to seek out experiences to enhance skills and competence and to develop role as a progression towards that of a Registered Nurse. Skills that the nurse extern may perform after completed competency training to include: insertion and removal of urinary catheters, phlebotomy, and non-sterile dressing changes. Nurse externs may not complete assessments.
  8. Protects patients and employees by assisting in maintaining a clean, safe working environment, and adhering to infection control policies and protocols.
  9. Displays cultural competency and ability to work with diverse patient populations.
  10. Maintains all assigned patient equipment processes, as needed. This may include cleaning, maintenance, and management of defective equipment, continue passive motion (CPM), compression devices, hot/cold devices, and telemetry devices.
  11. Role models the principals of a Just Culture and Organizational Values.  
  12. Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant. 
This description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.
What you will need:
  • Must have completed Med/Surg I (or equivalent)
  • Must be entering final year in an accredited nursing program
  • N/A
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), required 
Computer / Typing:
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
Must have working knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Enrolled in a BSN or ADN accredited nursing program, required
Application Close Date:

Application window will close on April 30, 2024.




Benefits at Vail Health (Full and Part Time) Include:

  • Competitive Wages & Family Benefits:
    • Competitive wages
    • Parental leave (4 weeks paid)
    • Housing programs
    • Childcare reimbursement 
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits: 
    • Medical
    • Dental 
    • Vision
  • Educational Programs: 
    • Tuition Assistance 
    • Existing Student Loan Repayment
    • Specialty Certification Reimbursement
    • Annual Supplemental Educational Funds
  • Paid Time Off:
    • Up to five weeks in your first year of employment and continues to grow each year.
  • Retirement & Supplemental Insurance:
    • 403(b) Retirement plan with immediate matching 
    • Life insurance
    • Short and long-term disability
  • Recreation Benefits, Wellness & More:
    • Up to $1,000 annual wellbeing reimbursement
    • Recreation discounts
    • Pet insurance


Pay is based upon relevant education and experience per hour.

Hourly Pay:
$25$25 USD

Some roles may be based outside of our Colorado office (remote-only positions). Roles based outside of our primary office can sit in any of the following states: AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI. Please only apply if you are able to live and work primarily in one of the states listed above. State locations and specifics are subject to change as our hiring requirements shift.

Relocation and housing assistance may be available.

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