Internship Opens the Door to ED Nursing

By Bernadette Trail, PHR
Human Resources Generalist
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Nursing internships have been around for a long time. In fact, they’re one of the most popular employee programs offered at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. But this year, we are piloting a completely different internship program — one that specializes solely in transitioning experienced RNs to the Emergency Department (ED).

Internships traditionally provide a multidisciplinary experience in a variety of nursing settings, including medical-surgical, cardiology, neurology, the intensive care unit (ICU), and more. Now Methodist Charlton is offering 10-week internships for nurses who are ready to immerse themselves in an intense, structured, and ED-specific internship.

What’s more, Methodist Charlton’s internship is only for RNs who have at least two years of nursing experience. As the second-busiest ED in the Metroplex, this is a great opportunity for nurses who have a solid clinical foundation and who may have considered ED nursing in the past, but have been in another discipline.

Applications are being accepted now and classes will begin the end of August. We’re evaluating additional candidate criteria as well, including:

  • Compassion for the ED patient population
  • A commitment to working with high-acuity patients
  • A desire to help us take our ED to the next level in terms of serving our patients and delivering even better outcomes. Our ultimate goal is to be known for the compassion and concern we have for our patients.

The internship provides many benefits to selected candidates. In addition to the standard ED nursing experience, the internship will also offer ED critical care, and the clinical preceptor phase will be guided by experts in emergency medicine and trauma care. Interns will join our proud, compassionate team of health care professionals that staff our ED. They will also be working for a health care system that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for 10 consecutive years by the Dallas Business Journal and that has one of the most engaged employee populations in the nation as measured by the Advisory Board.

If you’re a nurse who has always wanted to work in the ED but for one reason or another never had the opportunity, the Methodist Charlton ED internship may be just the answer to redirect your career. As one of Texas’ leading teaching and referral centers, we are committed to providing fertile ground for learning and are passionate about quality health care.

If you’re ready to embark on a new journey in your nursing career that is both challenging and rewarding, then it’s time to choose the ED internship program at Methodist Charlton. Learn more by visiting

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