Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Graduate Nurse Program

Bronson  Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Graduate Nurse Program

Bronson  Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Graduate Nurse Program Career Paths Nursing Many advancement opportunities exist for Bronson nurses. We offer a comprehensive career pathway that allows our nurses to develop and grow in their professional career. Our dynamic and supportive environment encourages individual growth through the variety of nursing positions available at Bronson and Bronson-owned companies […]

Bronson  Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Graduate Nurse

Program

Career Paths

Nursing
Many advancement opportunities exist for Bronson nurses. We offer a comprehensive career pathway that allows our nurses to develop and grow in their professional career. Our dynamic and supportive environment encourages individual growth through the variety of nursing positions available at Bronson and Bronson-owned companies as well as tuition assistance, advising and mentoring programs offered.

You may enter at any step along the following pathway.

For Pre-Licensed Nurses

Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
A PCA provides basic hands-on nursing care and assistance with the patients’ activities of daily living.

PCA qualifications include:

  • Being a student nurse in good standing
  • Completion of a Competency Evaluated Nursing Assistant (CENA) training course
  • Completion of a fundamentals of nursing course

PCA benefits include:

  • Direct patient care giving
  • Confidence building
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Pathway to being a professional nursing career

Nurse Extern
Nurse externs are nursing students in their final semesters of nursing school. Nurse externs work with a registered nurse preceptor and act as a nurse-extender, learning the performance expectations of an entry-level staff nurse while offering helping hands for patient care.

Nurse Extern qualifications include:

  • Being a student nurse in good standing
  • Completion of a pharmacology course or equivalent
  • Clinical experience in the area of placement

Nurse extern benefits include:

  • Competitive salary while working to build nursing competence
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Confidence and competence building
  • Coaching for success
  • Career mobility on the pathway to a professional nurse position

Postings for our Nurse Extern positions occur every March & October.  For fall, the hiring process begins in October with orientation occuring in December.  For spring, the hiring process begins in March with orientation in May/June.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
LPNs at Bronson are employed in traditional nursing team support roles, such as medication and treatment delivery.

LPN qualifications include:

  • Being a recent graduate from an accredited nursing school

LPN benefits include:

  • Skill building in an acute-care setting
  • Opportunity to practice with your nursing license while continuing to pursue a professional nursing pathway
  • Development of a solid pharmacology base
  • Flexible scheduling

For Licensed Nurses

Nurse Intern
Nurse internships are educational pathways for new or recent nurse graduates for the critical care, medical/surgical or peri-operative areas. The nurse intern program at Bronson helps prepare new graduates for acute care nursing.

Nurse intern qualifications include:

  • An employment commitment to Bronson of 12-24 months after completion of the program (depending on the program)
  • A current Michigan registered nurse license

Nurse intern benefits include:

  • Competitive registered nurse salary and benefits
  • Individualized orientation and career path development
  • Specialty theory classes for advanced certification
  • Extensive continuing education credit (25-80 hours)
  • Professional colleague support for transition from novice to experienced registered nurse

Download Nurse Intern packet here

Staff Nurse
Staff nurses at Bronson have many opportunities to develop and showcase their talents and abilities, both in the delivery of clinical excellence at the bedside and in any of our general or specialty patient care delivery teams. Some examples include:

  • Nurse Preceptor
  • Infusion Nurse
  • Pain Resource Nurse
  • Geriatric Resource Nurse
  • Diabetic Nurse

In addition, there are many other opportunities for expanded clinical practice including:

  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Risk Specialist
  • Documentation Review Nurse
  • Clinical Care Coordinator
  • Outcome Coordinator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nursing Unit Coordinator
  • Nursing Educational Instructor
  • Clinical Nurse Liaison

To speak with a nurse recruiter, please call (269) 341-6013. Or, you may apply online.