The Nursing Career Center is available to all UK HealthCare nurses, nurse administrators, Nursing Care Technicians (NCTs) and UK College of Nursing students. We offer assistance for all phases of a career.
Our services include:
- One-on-one career coaching
- Exploring different career opportunities
- Customizing your job search
- Identifying marketable skills and goal setting
- Polishing a resume or CV
- Preparing for an interview or refining interview skills
- Exploring educational options including ADN to MSN Bridge, ADN, MSN, DNP and PhD programs
- Mock/practice interviews
- Group career planning presentations given by Sue H. Strup, MSEd, MSN
Career services for nurses and nursing care technicians are available in person, by phone or through email.
Nurses with Disabilities
UK is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs, events and services, regardless of economic or social status, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.
For those interested in the University of Cincinnati (UC) CRNA program you can watch / rewatch / listen to the entire information session here.
Remember, the UC CRNA application deadline is Dec. 1.
The UK Nursing Career Center is available to all RNs, non-licensed nursing personnel including Nursing Care Technicians, SRNA’s, Clinical Service Technicians, LPN’s, Phlebotomists, etc. and the UK College of Nursing students in two great locations: UK Chandler Hospital, H-172 right by Nurse Recruitment; and UK Good Samaritan Hospital, as of Aug. 1 2016, Hospital Administration Ground Floor C012B. There are many great ways to get important information about applying for nursing care technician, student externships, professional RN job searches or exploring various graduate schools by using the nursing career services that are available through the UK Nursing Career Center.
If you are a UK BSN student, you will want to take advantage of the weekly group sessions. These are offered during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer. To sign up, please email Sue H. Strup, MSEd, MSN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group resume and cover letter writing sessions: These group sessions are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday. Bring a draft of your updated resume and cover letter to the group session. You can have your questions answered and leave with a critique worksheet to help you fine-tune your resume for your upcoming job search. This information will also include out-of-state job searches and how to develop a targeted resume for various specialty nursing positions, such as pediatrics, emergency department, ICUs or oncology.
Group interviewing strategies sessions: These group sessions meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Wednesday. You will discuss interview etiquette, how to dress for success, how to prepare for behavioral-based interview questions, what questions you will want to ask a Patient Care Manager, and much more.
Monthly Nursing Lunch and Learn Workshops: These workshops are open to all UK RNs, Nursing Care Technicians and UK Nursing Students who want to explore various nursing career opportunities and graduate schools. They’re offered at 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month in UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Topics of focus include how to become an APRN, CRNA, nurse educator, nurse researcher, nurse informaticist and much more. Registration is free and available for the first 25 participants by emailing Sue Strup at email@example.com.
View current UK Job Postings for UK Registered Nurses, Nursing Care Techs, SNAP and other nursing positions.
Summer Student Nurse Programs (After the Junior Year)
Summer student nurse programs are structured programs for BSN students in between the junior and senior year that will typically last 6-10 weeks. Academic credit may be offered for the experience as well as financial compensation. Some summer programs may have a theme (e.g. pediatrics, critical care, etc.), while most are more general, allowing you to get experience in multiple types of nursing settings. Many students enjoy summer programs because they help clarify future nursing career goals, and often lead to a nursing care technician position, which may lead to a full-time RN position after graduation.
Summer student nurse programs are usually competitive. It is recommended that you do a summer job search or plan to continue any student nurse positions you already have in addition to applying to summer nurse externship programs. There are many names for summer nurse externship positions including nurse externships, nurse internships, nurse academic practicums, nursing student fellows program, etc. Applying for summer student nurse programs include writing a professional cover letter and resume, and completing the applications in their entirety and supplying the required number of recommendation letters.
The majority of hospitals in the country do not offer nurse externships but many Academic Medical Centers such as UK HealthCare, Indiana University Health, University of Louisville Hospitals, etc., do. Other hospitals hire nursing students as nursing care technicians, nurse's aides, nursing assistants, etc. For many hospitals with nurse externship programs, starting in the externship is a way to make connections that may lead to a full time position after graduation. Deadlines are also specific to each hospital, with most applications due in mid winter quarter for a summer program. Here are just a small sample of Nurse Externships/Academic Practicums/Internships/Nurse Fellowships that we found:
- University of Kentucky Student Nurse Academic Practicum (SNAP)
- Baptist Health Student Nurse Practicums
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Information about the Summer Nurse Externship program is available by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Indiana University Health Patient Care Internships for Nursing Students
- Kentucky One Health Student Nurse Externships
- Norton Healthcare Student Nurse Externships
- Ohio State University Medical Center Student Nurse Associate (SNA) Positions
- University of Louisville Hospital Nursing Student Fellows Program
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center Observation Opportunities
- Veterans Administration Hospital Nurse Externships (VALOR)
UK HealthCare and the College of Nursing offer many options for continuing education including the BSN residency program, the only one in the state and one of only a few in the country to be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Review all our educational opportunities by visiting Nurse Recruitment and the College of Nursing.
The Fall 2017 Nursing and Health Sciences Education Fair was held, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A, Ground Floor. More than 20 nursing and health science educational programs attended including graduate and undergraduate colleges of nursing and health sciences from UK, NKU, EKU, Bellarmine, University of Cincinnati, Morehead State, Murray State University, to name a few.
If you missed our Nursing Education Fair in Fall 2017, you can still access the UK Nursing Education Fair Directory below, which lists the nursing schools and programs that attended including type of program (LPN to RN, RN to BSN, MSN, Ph.D/DNP), online vs. traditional classroom, name of admissions contact, websites and more.
UK Nursing Education Fair Directory
Lunch and Learn Workshops
During the academic year, the Nursing Career Center hosts various career planning workshops and speakers who share educational programs and career-related information. These workshops are held in Pavilion A of UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Room A.01.123.
The workshops typically last 30 minutes, and extra time is available for Q&A. Free lunch and drinks are often provided. Registration is highly encouraged. To register for one or more workshops, email Sue Strup at email@example.com.
To review past Lunch and Learn presentations on RN to BSN programs, Advanced Practice Nursing Programs, "Hot" Nursing Careers, Nursing Career Specialties, Career Planning Tools such as Writing a Resume, Cover Letter or Interviewing Tips and more, please visit: Past Lunch and Learn workshop presentations
Other Nursing Programs in Kentucky
- LPN programs (PDF, 93 KB)
- ADN programs (PDF, 156 KB)
- RN to BSN programs (PDF, 156 KB)
- Master's Degree Nursing Leading to APRN Programs (PDF, 65 KB)
- DNP/APRN Programs (PDF, 55 KB)
- Post Master's DNP Programs (PDF, 51 KB)
- State Registered Nurse Assistant Certification Program
- Accredited Nurse Anesthetist Programs
- Accredited Nurse Practitioner Programs and other Advanced Practice Nursing Programs
See the listing of all CRNA schools.
Other Health Careers
The UK College of Health Sciences offers a list of allied health career paths.
Learn about the career opportunities available to graduates in:
- Health sciences
- Physician Assistant
- Public health
- Master’s of Public Health (MSN/MPH)
- Public administration
General School Entrance Examinations and Test Preparation
Graduate School Applications
- Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
- Writing a winning personal statement or essay for graduate school.
Writing a Personal Statement for Graduate School
Graduate School Checklist
- Miller Analogies Test information and test prep
Financing Your Education
View this page for information about our scholarships. UK reimburses full-time employees for up to six credit hours of tuition fees per semester. You can view a copy of the policy that explains how to have your tuition prepaid each semester. This policy pertains to public colleges and universities in Kentucky. More information is available from the UK Employee Education Program.
For assistance with tuition remission from UK to attend a private, ACEN or CCNE accredited college or university (such as Indiana Wesleyan University, Benedictine University, Bellarmine University, Midway College or Drexel University) can review the policy below.
Financing Your Education Policy
To pick up a copy of the contract please stop by Chandler H-179 next to the Nursing payroll office. If you have any questions regarding these policies or procedures, please contact Greg Collins, Nursing Fiscal Affairs Director, Chandler H-179, by calling 859-323-5285 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get information on financial assistance for obtaining nursing certifications.
The resource area is inside the Nurse Career Consultant's Office (room H-172) and is open every day (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for nurses, nursing care technicians and nursing students to browse, obtain handouts and read various career planning materials. Information is available on:
- Educational opportunities
- Improving your resume and CV
- How to conduct a job search and interview
- Graduate schools
- RN to BSN programs
- Applications for RN to BSN program, MSN, DNP/Ph.D. programs
- Preparing for and taking the GRE or MAT
- Earning RN certification from more than 25 different programs
- Career planning handouts
Professional nursing magazines are also available.
Forget something for your interview? We can help! Pantyhose, neck ties, socks, safety pins, breath mints, hair accessories and lint brushes are available to help you make a good first impression. We want your interview to go smoothly.
Job Search and Networking Websites
- Sigma Theta Tau Job Board
- The Benefits of Using LinkedIn
- Professional Nursing Associations
- American Nurses Association Career Center
- Nursing Career Information
- Nursing Salary Information
- Nursing Resume and Job Application Advice
- Interview Tips and Advice for Nurses
- NCLEX-RN Practice Test Questions with Rationale
- NCLEX-RN Exam Overview
Professional Nursing Associations
1. Career planning and job search
Career Planning Timeline Presentation Job Search Action Plan Guide
2. Resume and CV guides
Resume Guide and Sample Resumes Presentation Curriculum Vitae Format Curriculum Vitae Draft Family Nurse Practitioner Resume Example Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Resume Example Chronological Resume Example Experienced RN Resume with Clinical Leadership Focus Nursing Student Resume Example Experienced RN Resume Example Nursing Student Resume with Clinicals Nursing Student Resume with a Targeted Focus
3. Cover Letter Guide
Cover Letter Guide Recent Graduate Cover Letter Nurse Practitioner Cover Letter
4. Interview tips and strategies
Interview Guide / Information Presentation
6. Preparing letters of recommendation
7. Preparing a letter of resignation
- Preparing a Resignation Letter
Certified Nurse's Aide
Becoming a Certified Nurse's Aide - you may be interested in becoming a Certified Nurse's Aide (SNRA) or Nursing Assistant while you are in nursing school to gain valuable skills while working under the guidance of a Registered Nurse. This also will allow you to network and establish a relationship with potential coworkers and professionals. There are various titles for Nurse's Aide including Nursing Care Technicians (NCTs), Nurse's Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Nurse Assistant. Employers such as academic medical centers like UK HealthCare, hospitals, home health care agencies, doctor's offices, laboratories, clinics or skilled nursing facilities hire nurse's aides. Below are just a few of the Nurse's Aide educational programs offered in Kentucky, and in particular Lexington, Richmond and Louisville. The length of time and price will vary so it is imperative that you visit each program's website or call the program directly to find out availability, cost and online versus traditional courses. Once you have successfully completed a Kentucky state-approved training program, you will be eligible to sit for the Nurse's Aide Certification exam. For more information about becoming State Registered Nursing Assistant (SRNA) certified or the role of a Nurse's Aide,please visit this site
Here are a sample of SRNA courses in Central Kentucky:
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Emergency Medical Training Professions, Lexington.
(Traditional SRNA courses offered during the week and on Saturdays)
KY Health Training LLC
(Traditional SRNA courses offered as well as online courses)
Nurses Aide Training School, Inc, Richmond, Ky.
(online and traditional course)
If you are interested in finding Nurse's Aide programs in rural or remote areas outside of Lexington, please call Denise Welch, with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services at 502-564-5707.
Nursing License and Renewal
The National Student Nurses Association offers help for preparing for licensure as a registered nurse.
The Kentucky Board of Nursing provides information about obtaining RN licensing, renewing a license plus other educational programs to finish your BSN, start back on your MSN, DNP and more.
Shadowing professionals can be beneficial in deciding whether you’re a good fit for a career or workplace. Career Services provides the names of professionals who are willing to speak with others about their careers and experiences.
These individuals include:
- Nurse administrators
- Clinical nurse specialists (Acute care or Ambulatory care)
- Nurse practitioners (Acute care or Ambulatory care)
- Nurse educators (Staff development specialists, nurse educators or college faculty)
- Nurse researchers
- Nurses specializing in settings such as the operating room, PACU, ED, ICU, Behavioral Health, etc.
- Nurse recruiters
- Nurse anesthetists (CRNA)
- Pharmaceutical and medical equipment sales representatives
If you are an Advanced Practice Nurse or a nurse with a specialization and would be interested in having a UK HealthCare nurse or UK College of Nursing Student shadow you, please complete the form below.
Shadowing Contact Form
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital
1000 S. Limestone, Pavilion H-172
Lexington KY 40536
UK Good Samaritan Hospital
310 S. Limestone, Room C-013
Lexington KY 40508
UK Nursing Career Center
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital
800 Rose St., H-172
Lexington KY 40536
Hours of operation: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (by appointment only)
UK Career Nurse Consultant Sue H. Strup, MSEd, MSN, RN, leads the center. Strup has more than 18 years of experience directing career centers at UK, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to her work in career services, Strup served as a cardiac intensive care nurse at Indiana University Medical Center and as a nursing research assistant at the IU School of Nursing. She has taught hundreds of career planning workshops and seminars, led numerous presentations, and authored many career-related articles and publications.
To set up a one-to-one career coaching appointment, ask quick questions or discuss resume critiques and last-minute interview tips, contact Sue H. Strup, MSEd, MSN at email@example.com or 859-323-3169.
"I am very grateful for the UK Nursing Career Center that we have at UK Chandler Hospital. It’s an excellent resource to have readily available to improve resumes or simply provide information on furthering my education. Whenever I am asked about resumes or details about nursing job interviews, I always tell them to contact Sue in the UK Nursing Career Center. The Nursing Career Center is a very useful resource that I believe everyone at UK should use and benefit from," said Kristina Picciano, RN, BSN, Staff Nurse - Gill Heart Institute, UK Chandler Hospital.