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  • Emergency & Urgent Care

    Is this an Emergency?

    In an emergency, seconds count. If you are alarmed by unusually severe symptoms, seek immediate care. Please call 911 if you feel your condition is life threatening. If a poison is involved, please call Grand Rapids Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.

    When to go to the Emergency Room When to go to Urgent Care
  • Hospital ER

    Emergency Room Hours:
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    • Directions to the ER



      (616) 252-7200

  • Urgent Care

    Urgent Care Hours:
    Open 9 am - 9 pm, 7 days a week

    • Directions to Urgent Care

      4055 CASCADE RD SE


      (616) 252-4010

  • Nurse Externships

    Practical, Hands-on Experience for Nursing Students

    Metro Health’s Student Nurse Extern Program offers practical, hands-on experience to nursing students, giving them the opportunity to learn the comprehensive role of a registered nurse while completing their education.

    Student nurse externs work with a nurse preceptor, building confidence and developing clinical skills that are essential to effectively perform muliple procedures as a graduate nurse.

    How Past Student Nurse Externs Describe their Experience:

    • “I went into the summer feeling like a student, and now I feel like a nurse.”
    • “Metro provided the most up-to-date and highest technological environment to explore nursing options.”
    • “It is a huge step forward in becoming a nurse. A much more personalized clinical experience.”
    • “I’ve never been part of such a welcoming, encouraging and fun group of nurses and doctors!”
    • “This experience at Metro was the best way for me to further my education between Junior and Senior year. I was able to learn hands-on from the best nurses and doctors. I was able to observe bed-side procedures in the ICU, interact with patients and their families and experience what it is really like to be a nurse while I was still a student.”
    • “Lots of good experience and extra learning you don’t get in clinical. More one-on-one and hands-on. A perfect stepping stone between school and real life nursing.”

    Our Student Nurse Extern Program is a 12-week program taking place May to August. We’ll start accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Program on December 1, 2017. You’ll find the online application by going to Careers, click on the “Open Positions” link on the right and keyword search “Student Nurse Extern.”

    Student Nurse Extern applications for the 2018 program due by January 31, 2018.

    Program Requirements

    • Within one year of graduation from a nationally-accredited nursing program. For the Summer 2018 program, RN students will have an expected graduation of Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.
    • Successful completion of a clinical rotation
    • Current Basic Life Support certification

    Participating Departments

    • Assisted Breathing Center
    • Center for Restorative Care
    • Emergency
    • Family Childbirth Center
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Med-Surg/Pediatrics
    • Park East Outpatient Surgery Center
    • Progressive Care Unit
    • Surgery and SPR
    • Telemetry
  • Student Nurse Employment Opportunity after SNE Program

    Resource Nurse Aide

    Requires a commitment to 24 hours per 4-week schedule in 12-hour shift increments with one 12-hour shift scheduled on a weekend and two 12-hour holiday shifts per year.

    A Nurse Aide administers basic nursing care to patients under the direction of a registered nurse.


    • Currently enrolled in a nationally-accredited nursing program
    • Successful completion of a nursing fundamentals course and a first clinical rotation or CNA certification
    • Basic Life Support certification