RN Internship

As one of the nation’s leading teaching hospitals, UAB Medicine has a long history of providing excellent education for nurses.

Our unique, paid, 13-week Acute Care RN Intern Program allows you to experience three different nursing units, each with its own specialized focus and stimulating environment. With over 28 participating nursing units, if you have not identified your calling within the nursing field, the RN Intern Program is an ideal way for you to see first-hand all that UAB has to offer and determine which acute care area is best for you. Explore your options!

What Can I Expect?
  • You will select three acute care units to rotate through for approximately four weeks each. Experiences on three unique units will provide you with gradual independence and increased self-confidence.
  • During the rotations, you will learn specific disease processes, navigate the plan of care, and develop the skills needed for providing quality, evidenced-based care to patients.
  • You will meet with the program coordinator to review preceptor feedback after each rotation to assess your progress and provide direction.
  • Upon completion of the RN Intern Program, you will select an available staff nurse position on an acute care unit.

What Units are Participating?

Surgical Units
  • Abdominal Transplant: Kidney, Pancreas, and Liver
  • Acute Trauma Care
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • ENT, Urology, Plastics, and Oral Surgery
  • GI Surgical Oncology
  • GI Surgical Stepdown
  • Gynecology/Oncology and Benign Gynecology
  • Hematology/Oncology Specialty
  • Neurosciences Nursing
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Care
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Trauma and Burn Nursing
  • Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Medical Units
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • General Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurological Nursing and Seizure Monitoring
  • Outpatient Clinical Decision
  • Pulmonary Intermediate and Cystic Fibrosis
Rehab Units
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke and General Rehab
Mixed Units
  • Acute Care for Elders
  • Mixed-Acuity Medical Surgical/Hospitalist


Interested in learning more about what happens on each unit? Browse our list of nursing units.


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For more information, contact Pamela Patterson, RN Intern Program Coordinator, at 205-996-2146 or pmpatter@uabmc.edu.