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-to-BSN are not eligible to apply for our Advanced Care Partner Program.
- 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.
Please note that the Advanced Care Partner Program has a multi-step application process. To be considered, all parts of the Advanced Care Partner application packet must be received by the application deadline.
- Turn off pop-up blockers
- Visit https://careers.uchealth.org (or click link at bottom of this page if within a cohort application window), search/browse/refine for positions, and click the “Apply Now” link. If you are an internal employee, please click the “UCHealth employees apply here” link. Internal employees can also search internal positions through The Source.
- 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 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 (1) single (Microsoft Word or PDF) document to your profile (this step will only ask for your resume, but this is where you will upload your completed multi-page document). This one single document must be in the order described below and will be comprised of the following six (6+) pages:
- Page 1 – ACP Supplemental Application. Please answer ALL the questions on the supplemental application.
- Page 2 – Cover letter. This should give a brief overview of why you’re interested in this cohort and also reiterate why you’re a good fit for your Unit(s) of choice and UCHealth overall.
- Pages 3 and 4 – Comprehensive resume.
- Page 5 – Letter of Recommendation. The letter has no template or fixed criteria. Instead, this is a character reference submitted on your behalf from past managers, clinical educators, teachers, managers, supervisors, family, friends, peers, fellow students, etc.
- Pages 6+ – Nursing school unofficial transcripts. We require unofficial transcripts from your current institutions where you are attending nursing school to assist Human Resources to verify your GPA and completion of Med-Surg I (or equivalent) course requirement.
**Please ensure that when the document is uploaded, it is in a printable Microsoft Word or PDF format. Only apply if you have your entire multi-step six (+)-page document ready to upload. Incomplete applications will not be further considered**
Once your multi-step application document is verified to meet all of the above criteria by Human Resources, you will receive an electronic reference check to the email associated with your applicant profile from a company called SkillSurvey. 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. The reference check can be finalized outside of application window timelines and is a mandatory step in UCHealth’s hiring process for further consideration.
Please feel free to email ACP Human Resources recruiter Julie Willis at Julie.Willis@UCHealth.org with any program questions.