Nursing Internship Offers Education on the Job

New program at CDP Health Care System

There’s nothing like learning by doing, and Nursing Internships from Coteau Des Prairies offer just that. The nursing internship is for third and fourth year students who are in school to earn their RN degree.

“During my time at CDP, I learned more than I ever could have imagined,” says Abby Drew, a nursing student. Abby was the first to complete the new surgical nurse internship program, but she won’t be the last. Coteau Des Prairies found that the program was beneficial to all involved and the hope is to be able to expand nursing internship opportunities.

April Hieb, Chief Nursing Officer, says, “In the future, we plan to offer internships for prospective RNs in all areas of our critical access hospital (CAH). The rural hospital experience is a unique one, and we know students will benefit from the variety of experience and education that they can only get by working at a CAH.”

Abby agrees: “Since CDP is a smaller hospital, I was able to be a nurse intern for the emergency department, the hospital floor, the clinic, and surgical services. In each area, I was able to see and learn from all the staff.”

As a nursing intern, students get valuable training and education as they are on their path to becoming RNs, says Brooke Wegener, Surgical Coordinator at CDP. “They will become familiar with the fundamental skills required to provide patient care before, during, and after surgery, and they will have the opportunity to formulate diagnoses and participate in care planning, all while working closely with a registered nurse.” Brooke adds that the experience is especially meaningful at a critical access hospital where there is rich opportunity to learn a variety of essential skills.

“This internship has helped me feel so much more confident in my abilities,” says Abby. “I’m hoping to return to the area after graduating in December 2019. I would love to be a part of the wonderful staff at Coteau Des Prairies.”

The nursing internship is a paid internship for 40 hours a week and requires a minimum of a ten week commitment. Third and fourth-year nursing students are encouraged to learn more and apply at

Coteau des Prairies believes in education and experience at every level. Students who do not yet qualify for the nursing internship may wish to pursue job shadowing opportunities or other, non-medical internships with CDP. These are especially suited for high school and college students interested in a career in medicine.