St. Louis Children's Hospital has a long history of supporting pediatric nursing education. The hospital actually began its own nurses training school in 1907. The school was only in operation until 1910 when Washington University began a nursing education program. This commitment to nursing education has continued throughout the hospital's history and remains an integral part of the hospital's philosophy today. Currently over 500 students complete their pediatric clinical experiences at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Schools Currently Using St. Louis Children's Hospital as a Clinical Site

  • Graduate Programs
    • Goldfarb School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • St. Louis University  
    • University of Missouri Columbia School of Nursing
    • University of Missouri St. Louis 
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Webster University
  • Baccalaureate Programs
    • Goldfarb School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • Chamberlain College of Nursing
    • Maryville University
    • St. Louis University
    • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    • University of Missouri St. Louis
  • Associate Degree Programs
    • Goldfarb School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • Jefferson College Nursing Program
    • Lewis and Clark Community College
    • St. Louis Community College
    • Southwestern Illinois College

Clinical Experiences for Students


Observation experiences are available for interested nursing students. All patient care units and many specialty areas are open to allowing student observations. These are to be scheduled separate from your clinical time at the hospital. Applications for observation experiences are available by clicking on the following links:

  • Observation Application
  • Observation Expectations
  • Observation Statement
  • Health Record Form

Precepting Experiences for Senior Level Nursing Students

Senior level precepting experiences are available for nursing students who are in programs that SLCH has a student agreement. Precepting experiences at SLCH are highly sought, and can be very competitive especially in the spring semester.  Applications for preceptorships are submitted by your school of nursing.

Placement is based on application completeness, faculty approval, student skills and knowledge, program type, and appropriate unit match for student interest and skill level. Attempts are made to place all students requesting preceptorships. The number of students accepted is based on the availability of preceptors and hospital ability to support the volume of students.

Precepting Experiences for Graduate Nursing Students

Precepting experiences exist with many of the Advanced Practice Nurses that work at the hospital. It is necessary for interested students to coordinate these clinical activities through the office of Clinical Education. To apply for a graduate experience you will need to complete a clinical request form, health history form, confidentiality statement, and send this information along with a resume to the Clinical Education Department. For further information please contact Sue Marten at 314.286.0385.

Summer Externship Program

SLCH participates in a collaborative Summer Nurse Externship program with the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Applications for this program are available for BSN Nursing students between their junior and senior years of study. For information regarding this program please go to the program website at

General Information for Student Experiences

Dress Code

As a general rule, follow the dress code of your school when on the unit for clinical experience. Students completing their pre-work assignments on the unit should dress in an appropriate manner (i.e., business casual). Denim jeans of any color, denim skirts, denim jumpers, and shorts of any type are not allowed. At any time the student is in the hospital they should wear the SLCH student badge they were issued at the beginning of their clinical rotation.


St. Louis Children's Hospital provides free parking for students completing their clinical rotation at the hospital. Free parking is provided in St. Louis Children's Hospital Employee Parking Garage.  Maps to the garage are available from the instructors.

Students completing a preceptorship are to park in the employee garage on Newstead. The temporary badge will allow them access to this parking garage. These students will require a shuttle bus ride to the hospital or shuttle depot. On nights and weekend shifts the student badge will allow them access to park in the SLCH visitor garage. The visitor garage is not to be used for any day shift experiences.

Resources Available for Students at the Hospital


  • Administrative Policy Manual
  • Infection Control Manual
  • Emergency Preparedness Manual
  • Patient/Parent Teaching Tools
  • Brochures/Booklets/Medical Texts available on unit

Unit Personnel

  • Staff nurses assigned to patient
  • Charge Nurses
  • Staff Preceptors
  • Clinical Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Nursing Manager
  • Assistant Managers
  • House staff/Physicians

On-Line Resources

  • St. Louis Children's Hospital Web-site
  • Nursing Intranet Site (Only available on BJC system computers)
  • Nursing Policies and Procedures
  • Guidelines
  • Medication Guidelines
  • Laboratory Manual
  • Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
  • Clinical Education Classes
  • Teaching Tools for patients and families

Additional Hospital Resources

  • St. Louis Children's Hospital Library (3rd Floor)
  • Family Resource Center (3rd Floor)
  • Department of Clinical Education (Taylor Avenue Building Suite 206 -- 314.286.0385)


SLCH welcomes student attendance at unit and house-wide inservices as applicable. Students and instructors are also welcome to participate in any scheduled SLCH conference. Most conferences are free of charge to staff and students. For programs with fees, contact department of clinical education, 314.286.0385, to determine fee for students/instructors. Conferences are listed in the Nursing Library section of the nursing intranet site.

Job Opportunities/Information for Students

Employee Service Center

Located on the lower level of the hospital in the corridor down from the front terrace elevators. Bulletin Boards outside this area post current job openings. The service center provides access to computers that allow you to the employment section of

Nurse Recruiter

If you will soon be graduating from your nursing program and are interested in pursuing a career at SLCH as a pediatric nurse please contact our Senior Nurse Recruiter, Jean Heafner. Jean can be reached at 314.286.0913. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding opportunities here at SLCH.

Patient Care Tech Recruiter

If you are currently enrolled an a nursing program or completing nursing pre-requisites you may be interested in working at St. Louis Children's Hospital as a Patient Care Tech. For more information on this role please contact Human Resources at 314.286.0910, they will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the role and the application process. When calling HR regarding a PCA position please inform them that you are a nursing student.

Susan Goddard Scholarship

We are currently accepting applications for the St. Louis Children's Hospital Susan K. Goddard Nursing Scholarship.  Susan retired from Children's in 2001, after 37 years of dedication to caring for kids.  Over the course of her career, Susan held a variety of nursing leadership roles with the most recent being the Director of Pediatrics.

As a way to honor Susan's years of service and to support future generations of pediatric nurses, the hospital created an endowment fund in her name.  The Susan K. Goddard Nursing Scholarship Fund allows the hospital to give an annual scholarship to an outstanding nursing student who embodies the nursing values so deeply held by Susan.