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School of Nursing Career Services

Career Services provides resources and strategies necessary to steer you in the right direction for your career planning. You will find these tools useful in planning for and understanding the type of work environment in which you can expect to practice.

Career Services Support

In today’s competitive job market, an effective resume, cover letter and application are essential when being considered for a nursing position. Student Services Program Coordinator Mary Russell will assist nursing students with review of their resumes, cover letters and applications as well as respond to job search and career related questions.

To Schedule an Appointment

Students can schedule an appointment with Mary by using the Scheduling Assistant.

After you login: Browse the Public Listing to find Mary's availability.

All students are welcome to email questions to or call her at 608-263-5183.

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For your best chances of being hired for a job or internship you will need to prepare your resume and cover letter, and practice interviews. In a competitive market it can take up to 6-8 months to land your first job. A polished resume and cover letter will help you be competitive and increase your chances of getting that interview. Effective interviewing also takes preparation and practice, so take a look at some of the resources prepared specifically for School of Nurses Students. See the Related Links on the right side of this page for examples and specific information on each topic.

What can I do with a major in nursing? - As you begin your journey of self-discovery and prepare for the twenty-first century challenges, the choice of academic major and your path after graduation may feel like the two most important decisions. Take the first steps in deciding on a major by researching what you can do with a major in nursing.

Workshops - Video-captures and notes from career-related workshops offered by the School of Nursing.

Resumes - Your resume creates an image of who you are and shapes the prospective employer's first impression of you. Developing and maintaining as excellent resume will be an essential step in your career process

Curriculum Vitae - The purpose of both the resume and CV are similar: to provide insight into your qualifications as a potential employee.

Cover Letters - The cover letter helps the prospective employer understand how your skills and experiences will allow you to succeed in the position you're applying for.

Reference Letters - References from faculty members familiar with your academic performance are generally requested when you apply for your first position as a nurse.

Interview - An interview is an opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job by highlighting your skills and qualifications.

Internship/Externship/Student Nurse Assistant (SNA)/ Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)/Part-time Jobs - Listings of regional hospital and clinic information about what types of student positions are offered. Information is subject to change. Contact hospitals or clinics directly for more information.

Volunteer - Regional listing with contact information and websites of places nursing students can contact for volunteer opportunities.

Job Search Resources - Tired of searching for jobs online that only lead to dead ends? Not sure how to go about finding that perfect job or internship? A successful job and internship search involves utilizing an array of techniques and strategies. While they require more work than a simple “point and click,” many students find these strategies are worth the effort. For additional information on search strategies set up an appointment to meet with a Mary Russell.

Licensure Information - After a student has completed their nursing degree, the next step is to sit for the NCLEX. Undergraduate students must apply for licensure in a specific state and complete the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse.


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