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:
Career services for nurses and students are available in person, by phone or through email.
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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.
Current UK Job Postings for UK Registered Nurses, Nursing Care Techs, SNAP and other nursing positions.
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 - as of 12/23/14 the Summer 2015 Nurse Externship is still pending approval; for more up-to-date information
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.
We held the Nursing Education Fair on Thursday, October 30, 2014 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in UK Chandler Hospital H-133. If you missed our Nursing Education Fair, you can still access the
UK Nursing Education Fair Directory, (PDF, 571 KB) 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.
More information about nursing specialty certifications is available from the
American Nurses Credentialing Center. Fees for certification and recertification may be paid in advance at the time of registration, or reimbursed by UK HealthCare upon successful completion of the examination or recertification.
Review the policy and procedure for Nursing Certification Reimbursement.
Information is also available on
RN refresher courses (PDF).
See the listing of all
The UK College of Health Sciences offers a list of
allied health career paths.
Learn about the career opportunities available to graduates in:
UK reimburses full-time employees for up to six credit hours of tuition fees per semester. You can
download 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, Bellarmine University, Midway College or Drexel University) can
review this policy (PDF, 293 KB).
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
Get information on financial assistance for obtaining nursing certifications.
The resource area inside the Nurse Recruitment department is located in room H-178 and is open every day (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for nurses and nursing students to browse, obtain handouts and read various career planning materials. Information is available on:
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.
Sigma Theta Tau Job Board
The Benefits of Using LinkedIn
Professional Nursing Associations
American Nurses Association Career Center
To learn about the benefits of joining a professional nursing association,
National Student Nurse Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Nurses Association
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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:
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)
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital1000 S. Limestone, Pavilion H-172
Lexington KY 40536
UK Good Samaritan Hospital310 S. Limestone, Room B-152
Lexington KY 40508
Phone: 859-323-3169Fax: 859-257-5219
UK Nursing Career CenterUK 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.