Offering nursing students an opportunity to enhance clinical skills
The Advanced Care Partner (ACP) program at UCHealth allows nursing students an opportunity to enhance clinical skills in a hospital environment while still enrolled in a BSN program.
Applicants must be actively enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program without interruption in progression. For more information about program requirements and stipulations, please see below.
Advanced Care Partners will function as CNAs with additional specialized skills.
Benefits for Advanced Care Partners
- Increase clinical competency caring for patients and enhance critical thinking skills
- Develop more advanced interpersonal skills and build self-confidence in the acute care environment
- Determine if your clinical service is a “match” for an area of inpatient nursing as a start to your nursing career
- Perform in an evidence-based, knowledge-driven environment
- Gain insights into how delegated personnel work with professional registered nurses
- While there is no guarantee of being selected for one of our Nurse Residency Program positions after you graduate, working as an ACP offers the opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and outstanding work ethic while employed with UCHealth.
Other skills you will learn
- Place peripheral IVs
- Perform phlebotomy (in certain clinical areas)
- Place and remove urinary drainage catheters
- Perform central line dressing changes
- The Advanced Care Partner must be actively enrolled in a BSN program without interruption in progression. Candidates enrolled in an Associates Degree nursing program must be dual enrolled in a BSN program to qualify.
- Must have completed Med/Surg I (or equivalent). See a list of the Med/Surg I equivalent courses at your school.
- Must be able to attend all mandatory orientation days. All orientation days will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No exceptions are permitted, and it is important that personal and school schedules are coordinated beforehand.
- Must be able to work at least one 12-hour shift (day, nights or weekends, as needed by unit) per week consistently until graduation. Minimum hours for the ACP Program stipulates that any in-state or out-of-state cohort participant will work either one 12-hour shift a week, or 24 hours per pay period in order to satisfy program criteria. When you are unable to meet this criteria, we would cease employment with you at that point.
- The ACP program is most beneficial to applicants who are at least one year or more from graduation. Applicants graduating within the next year are encouraged to wait and apply for the UCHealth Nurse Residency Program.
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- Visit https://careers.uchealth.org
- Search for “Advanced Care Partner” positions, and then click the “Apply Now” link for the location and unit that you are interested in.
- If you are an internal employee, please click the “UCHealth employees apply here” link. Internal employees can also search for internal positions through The Source.
- If a specific unit does not have an ACP position posted, this means that the unit does not have a current, approved opening. You can either apply to other units or check back periodically for your preferred unit opening.
- Enter your User Name and Password if a returning applicant, or click “Register Now” link to set up a profile for the first time.
Ensure that required information, education, and work history in your application are accurate and up-to-date. The email and phone number associated with your applicant profile will be the primary means of communication for program updates.
You will have the opportunity to attach one single PDF or Word document to your profile at the top of the first page of the online application (link in the red box). Please include the following three items in your document:
- Cover letter
- Comprehensive resume
- Nursing school unofficial transcripts (verifying your completion of Med-Surg I or equivalent)
If a unit is interested in interviewing you after you apply, either a recruiter or a representative from the unit will connect with you via phone or email to coordinate this interview. In the event that you are selected for an offer as an ACP, a recruiter will contact you to explain the details of the offer and schedule you for a Monday (8-5) orientation date that works best for your schedule.
If you receive an e-mail from SkillSurvey regarding an electronic reference check, please respond to this request at your earliest convenience. If you have completed a SkillSurvey reference check in the last 6 months for a similar position, this step will not be required again. A reference check is a mandatory step in UCHealth’s hiring process for further consideration.
Please feel free to email ACP recruiter Julie Willis at Julie.Willis@UCHealth.org with any program questions.
Click the button link below and then search for “Advanced Care Partner.”