• 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

    UK College of Nursing Students: Welcome back to campus! The UK Nursing Career Center is available to all UK College of Nursing students in two great locations: UK Chandler Hospital, H-172 right by Nurse Recruitment; and UK Good Samaritan Hospital, B-152 in the Nursing Skills Lab. 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:

    NU 880 Leadership and NU 884 Career Management Classes: During these two classes, you will find out about how to develop your resume, cover letters and get ready for your job search from Sue H. Strup, MSEd, MSN, RN, Nurse Career Consultant. She will also provide an in-depth classroom lecture on interviewing strategies and how to prepare for your upcoming RN interviews. 

    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 other Thursday. 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 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  sue.strup@uky.edu.

    Nursing Education Fair:  This annual event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. More than 25 nursing and graduate schools are coming to campus. Open to all UK nursing students, you will get a chance to meet with faculty and admissions representatives from many of the top regional graduate nursing programs including UK, EKU, NKU, University of Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia and many more. Representatives will discuss their curriculum, attending accredited programs, online versus hybrid classroom formats, clinical requirements, application requirements and more. 

  • 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 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: chfs.ky.gov/dms/nat.htm

    Here are a sample of SRNA courses in Central Kentucky:
    University of Kentucky College of Nursing -  www.uky.edu/nursing/academic-programs-ce/continuing-education/state-registered-nurse-aide 

    Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)

    Emergency Medical Training Professions, Lexington.
    (Traditional SRNA courses offered during the week and on Saturdays)

    Health Education Center of Louisville (online courses)

    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 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 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. – 4:00 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.

    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, RN at sue.strup@uky.edu or 859-323-3169.

    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.