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PNA Summer

The summer Professional Nursing Assistant (PNA) program at Duke Medicine offers you the opportunity to grow your skills and experience, as you prepare to enter the nursing profession, at one of America's premier health care systems.

This unique, 10-week program encourages you to develop positive mentoring relationships, and is designed to:

  • Assist your transition to RN practice
  • Increase your awareness of the nursing scope of practice
  • Develop your critical-thinking skills and professional communication skills
  • Advance your interest in and capacity for providing optimal patient care

Participants are paid to learn while working a 36- to 40-hour/week rotating schedule, which also includes:

  • 1:1 experience with an RN preceptor
  • An 8-hour shadowing experience in a clinical area of choice
  • Numerous additional learning activities.

As a PNA within Duke Medicine, your scope of practice will be that of a nursing care assistant (NCA). Depending on where you are within your nursing program, you will be assigned the position of PNA I or PNA II. The scope of practice of these positions is consistent with NCA I or NCA II, as defined by the NC Nurse Aide Registry.

Participating Facilities: Duke University Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital

Available Specialties (subject to change):

  • Adult Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Adult Critical Care
  • Ambulatory Services
  • Dialysis
  • Emergency Department
  • Float Pool
  • General Surgery/Trauma/Ortho
  • General Medicine/Pulmonary/Renal
  • Med-Surg
  • Nursery
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology
  • PACU
  • Pediatrics
  • Perioperative Services
  • Radiology
  • Women's Services/Birthing Center


To participate in the PNA program, all NCAs must:

  • Attend an NLN-accredited school
  • Be listed with the NC Division of Health Service Regulation (NCA I), and with the NC Board of Nursing (NCA II)

To Apply

  • To apply online to Duke Hospital, use req. # 100032016 and upload your resume.
  • To apply online to Duke Raleigh Hospital, use req. #06012016 and upload your resume.
  • To apply online to Duke Regional Hospital, use req. #100022016 and upload your resume.
  • Complete required survey within the requisition.
  • Enter References: Approximately 7-10 business days after applying, you will receive an e-mail from Skill Survey to enter names and e-mail addresses of 5 professional references (clinical instructors, preceptors, current or previous employers, etc).


  • Complete references must be received by Feb 20th each year. You can log into the Skills Assessment to check the status of references.
  • Recommendation letters/written references do not need to be submitted this year.
  • We no longer accept faxed, email, or mailed references.

Program Timeline

  • Program begins- May 31, 2016
  • Program ends- August 7, 2016
  • Application deadline: Feb 15th every year
  • References receipt deadline: Feb every year
  • Accepted candidates must obtain NC NAI or NAII registry by May 15th.

To register, contact:

NC Division of Health Service Regulation (NCA I)
2709 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

NC Board of Nursing(NCA II)
P.O. Box 2129
Raleigh, NC 27602

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