• Career center

    The Nursing Career Resource 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 a job search campaign
    • Identifying marketable skills
    • Polishing a resume or CV
    • Preparing for an interview or refining interview skills
    • Researching employers
    • Exploring educational options
    • Mock/practice interviews
    • Group career planning presentations given by Sue Strup

    Career services for nurses and students are available in person, by phone or through email.

    Nurses with disabilities

    Guidelines for reporting your disability (PDF, 92 KB) 

    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.

  • Announcements

    1. NKU Doctor of Nursing Practice program earns ACEN accreditation. Here is a link to the press release regarding the DNP accreditation www.nku.edu/news/_150514dnp.html. It includes general information and a link to the DNP website with information. Inquiries into the DNP program can be directed to Amanda Kilmer, NKU at kilmera@nku.edu. Also, NKU is still accepting applications for Fall 2015.
    2. UK College of Nursing is now offering the RN-BSN Option online with admission cycles in Fall and Spring semester! Applications are completed on nursingcas.org and the application deadline for Fall admission was July 15 and for Spring is November 1st. If you are a new nurse and complete specific requirements available through the Transition to Practice program, you may be able to receive course credit toward your BSN degree through the UK College of Nursing. For more information, please see the website www.uknursing.uky.edu or contact the Coordinator, Dr. Jessica Wilson at JessicaL.Wilson@uky.edu.

  • Current job openings

    Current UK Job Postings for UK Registered Nurses, Nursing Care Techs, SNAP and other nursing positions. Apply now button

    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) 
    http://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/professionals/nursing/SNAP/

    Baptist Health Student Nurse Practicums
    http://www.centralbap.com/For+Medical+Professionals/Careers/Nursing/Student+Nursing+Opportunities

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital - as of 12/23/14 the Summer 2015 Nurse Externship is still pending approval; for more up-to-date information
    email:   nurses4kids@cchmc.org

    Indiana University Health Patient Care Internships for Nursing Students
    http://iuhealth.org/education/nursing-and-patient-care/student-nurse-extern-program/

    Kentucky One Health Student Nurse Externships
    http://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/student-nurse-summer-extern-program

    Norton Healthcare Student Nurse Externships
    http://www.nortonhealthcare.com/nurseexternships

    Ohio State University Medical Center Student Nurse Associate (SNA) Positions
    http://wexnermedical.osu.edu/careers/students#joblistings

    University of Louisville Hospital Nursing Student Fellows Program
    http://university-hospital.org/healthcare-professionals/nursing/professional-development/nurse-fellowship-program/

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center Observation Opportunities
    https://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=voe

    Veterans Administration Hospital Nurse Externships (VALOR)
    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/VACAREERS/students-trainees/nurses.asp

  • Career Planning

    Career planning tools

    1. Career planning and job search

    2. Resume and CV guides

    3. Cover Letter Guide

    4. Interview tips and strategies

    5. Preparing a thank you letter (1,012 KB)

    6. Preparing letters of recommendation

    7. Preparing a letter of resignation

    Certified Nurse's Aide

    Becoming a Certified Nurse's Aide - you may want to become a Certified Nurse's Aide 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 co-workers 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 healthcare 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 the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and in particular Lexington, Ky. The length of time and price will vary so it is imperative that you visit each program's website to find out more information. 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 certified or the role of a Nurse's Aide, visit: http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/nat.htm

    If you are interested in finding Nurse's Aide programs in rural or remote areas outside of Lexington, Ky, please call Denise Welch, with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services at 502-564-5707.

    Nursing Lunch & Learns/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. For a list of career planning topics, dates and speakers, refer to this schedule (PDF, 101 KB). 

    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 sue.strup@uky.edu.

    To review past Lunch and Learn presentations on RN to BSN programs, Advanced Practice Nursing Programs, "Hot" Nursing Careers, Career Planning Tools such as Writing a Resume, Cover Letter or Interviewing Tips and more, please visit: Past Lunch and Learn workshop presentations 

    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 program

    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

    Shadowing details (PDF, 56 KB)

    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  Shadowing contact form (PDF, 78 KB)

  • Locations

    UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital
    1000 S. Limestone, Pavilion H-172
    Lexington KY 40536
    Phone: 859-323-3169
    Fax: 859-257-5219
    Email: sue.strup@uky.edu 

    UK Good Samaritan Hospital
    310 S. Limestone, Room B-152
    Lexington KY 40508
    Phone: 859-323-3169
    Fax: 859-257-5219
     

    Mailing address

    UK Nursing Career Resource 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. – 4:30 p.m. (by appointment only) 

    Sue Strup headshot 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.

    Strup is available by email Monday-Friday to schedule an appointment or to answer questions.

    UK Chandler Hospital patient care manager DeeDee McCallie, RN, BSN, CCRN, is one of the many nurses the resource center has helped.

    Strup advised McCallie to change the way she described her experience and education on her resume. “You have pizzazz,” Strup told her. “You need to capture this on paper.”

    Now, McCallie said, she is proud of her resume.

    “I couldn’t believe how moving some things around on paper – following Sue’s advice – made such a difference,” said McCallie, who is enrolled in the UK College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. “She’s a jewel,” McCallie said of Strup.