OK, I see you're interested in IL/MO.
I lived in STL 30 years (not interested in nursing, then); grew up as a kid in western MO, more or less near KCMO.
What I would do is (this can all be done on-line):
- Identify all likely hospitals in your target area;
- Look at their HR connection for externships (how I found the OSF St. Francis (Peoria) situation);
- Look all over everyone's website for any connex to an externship;
- In STL, the general outlook on life is, there's STL, and then there's 'outstate MO'; so, look at STL; then KCMO (I grew up near there, but have no current familiarity); & then, Columbia, St. Joseph, Springfield. In STL, I would actively seek out info about Barnes-Jewish Hospitals/Med. Ctr.; STL Univ. Hospitals (Firmin DesLoge); MO Bapt. Med Ctr; St. John's Mercy Med. Ctr., perhaps St. Anthony's Med. Ctr., perhaps St. Vincent de Paul; and there may be others I don't remember or am not thinking of at the moment--Christian Hospitals NE and NW, e.g.
A few phone calls m/h/2/b/d, to run down info, or even to find out who might have a summer nursing externship. I'd guess Barnes/Jewish m/b a fertile ground to plow; I know Jewish Hosp. (so close to Barnes, it has become part of Barnes*) has or had a nursing school.
*(If you're not in or near STL, Barnes is HUGE--1200 beds, 50+ OR's, etc., when I was there--10 years or more ago.)
You might also look at HCA hospitals. HCA is a for-profit hospital chain based in Nashville, TN, if I'm not misremembering. (Look up HCA hospitals on-line; then click on whatever their equivalent is for Find a Hospital, or Find a Facility. Then click on the particular state (on the map) you're interested in.) Point of this is that HCA is big in MO--probably not in STL. I think they have a BIG footprint in the KCMO area, extending into the KCK area.
My (Texas) HCA experience does not extend to knowing whether they sponsor nursing student summer externships; but they have such a large presence in the KCMO area, that I d/n think it would hurt to ask.--That's ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK. And then, find more people to ask.
I hope this may have been, and will continue to be, of help--an idea generator.
Go for it!