Bemidji State Nursing Partners with Sanford Health for Extended Nursing Internships

Bemidji State University’s Department of Nursing has partnered with Sanford Health to offer extended internships for senior nursing students.

This unique opportunity allows senior nursing students who are enrolled in an accredited nursing program and have already completed a summer internship at Sanford Health to apply for an extended position.

“The extended internship consists of 24 clinical hours and faculty-guided reflections each month,” Dr. Jessica LeTexier, associate professor of nursing, said. “Students are working alongside nurse preceptors which allows them to continue to grow both in their clinical skills and professional attributes to prepare them for graduate nurse positions.”

LeTexier will be teaching a course that corresponds with the internship, which is available to a limited number of students.

“We are so fortunate to have a an educational partner in Sanford Bemidji. They continue to find ways to provide quality clinical opportunities for our students. The extended internship is an incredible experience for some of our nursing students to learn and develop during their senior year,” LeTexier said.

BSU senior Sarah Lagos from Newport, Minnesota is one such student. President of the Student Nurses Association and a tutor in the nursing department, Lagos strives to gain as much experience as she can.

“I began my internship at Sanford Medical Center Fargo to spend five weeks in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and five weeks on their Admissions Recovery Unit over the summer,” Lagos said. “Then, I extended my internship and transferred it to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and now spend 40 hours a month interning on the Telemetry Unit.”

Reflecting on her time spent at BSU and the nursing department, Lagos gives her thanks to professors that helped her along the way.

“All of my professors have been positive influences and have helped me succeed and get to where I am. The person that contributed to my success the most is Dr. Jessica LeTexier. She is constantly cheering me on and I am extremely grateful for her guidance and ‘Free Mom Hugs’.”