Starting your Career in Nursing
Interested in starting your career in nursing and wondering where to begin? UofL Health Louisville Area Facilities offers financial assistance to aid in completion of your RN certification as well as a variety of student jobs that will allow you work in a healthcare setting and enhance your clinical skills.
Flexible full-time, part-time and pool (a commitment of 24 hours per month) positions as patient care assistants, unit secretaries, or monitor techs are available and include tuition assistance benefits.
Our nursing summer extern program is an eight-week paid externship completed the summer before graduation and offered every May. Learn more.
- Flexible positions as nursing assistant, unit secretary, or monitor techs to enhance skills in a clinical setting
- Part time or full time opportunities with benefits including tuition assistance
- Pool positions with a commitment of 3 shifts per month
Nurse Residency Program
For the new RN graduate, the initial year of clinical practice is critical to their successful professional growth and development. The Nurse Residency Program is designed to support the new graduate nurse during this pivotal transition student to nursing professional. The residency experience is packed with learning opportunities, designed to support the RN during assimilation into the organization. It includes:
- Facility onboarding classes
- Preceptor-led unit-based orientation
- Clinical observations
- Specialty courses depending on unit of hire (such as progressive care class, transplant class, American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support, etc.)
- Monthly residency workshops with content matter experts and guest speakers
- Simulation to provide additional tools in the clinical setting
- Participation in a quality improvement or evidence based practice project
How Do I Get Started Into Nursing?
- Decide whether you want a 2-year (ASN) or a 4-year (BSN) degree. Both degrees will prepare you for all types of bedside nursing as an RN. If you see yourself pursuing management, education or human resources, typically a BSN is required.
- Talk to an admission counselor to assist with class scheduling.
- Contact local colleges and universities to learn about the programs they offer and contact their nursing education department head for more information.
Still not sure what the next step is? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.