New Graduate RN Residency Program

Atrium Health is proud to offer a Transition to Practice New Graduate RN Residency Program for all New Graduate Registered Nurses at the beginning of their nursing careers. All New Graduate RNs (both internal teammates and external applicants) must complete the application process and residency program to begin a nursing career with Atrium Health.

Who is considered a New Graduate RN at Atrium Health?

A New Graduate RN is a current nursing student who is graduating from an accredited RN education program or who has already graduated and has less than six months of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse.

Please review the following information before you begin the application process.

An Award-Winning Program


For three years in a row, Atrium Health has been recognized by Forbes as a Best-In-State Employer in North Carolina.



In 2019, the New Graduate RN Residency Program at Atrium Health was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.



Atrium Health has been named a Best Employer for New Grads by Forbes for the third year in a row.


Timeline for Winter 2020-21 New Graduate RNs

August 10, 2020 - September 20, 2020.   **Deadline extended to October 31, 2020**

  • Online applications are accepted. A complete packet includes: 
    • ​Online application with attached cover letter and resume
    • Areas of Interest Survey

Mid-September - November 2020

  • Completed applications are shared with hiring managers for review
  • Selected candidates are scheduled for interviews and offers are extended
  • Offers are extended by Human Resources

January 2021 - April 2021

  • New Graduate RNs begin orientation

Note: If you are a New Graduate RN and miss the deadline to apply, please email us at so we may connect with you.

Application Process

 Apply to the New Graduate RN position. The application links will be available August 10, 2020 through September 20, 2020.   **Deadline extended to October 31, 2020**

  • Use the application link that applies to you: 
  • Save your resume and cover letter as your full name followed by “resume” or “cover letter” (i.e. Jan Smith resume and Jan Smith cover letter).
    • Attach resume and cover letter. In your cover letter tell us why you want to become part of the nursing team at Atrium Health. Because your information will be shared with multiple specialties, we recommend you do not address specific departments or residency programs in your cover letter. 
  • If you have an American Heart Association BLS Provider card that is valid through July 2021, attach a copy in the “Supporting Documents” section on the New Graduate application. Save the BLS card as your full name followed by “BLS” (i.e. Jan Smith BLS). If you do not have a CPR card which meets this criterion, it will not prevent you from participating in the process.
  • You can save your work and come back to complete it at any time. However, you will need to enter all required information (anything with a * next to it) before you can save your application. 

Complete the Areas of Interest Survey 

  • The Areas of Interest Survey will assist the New Graduate Center in matching your clinical and facility interests with available opportunities.

Note: If all components are not submitted, the application packet will be considered incomplete and will not be forwarded to hiring managers for consideration. All application components are due by midnight September 20, 2020.   **Deadline extended to October 31, 2020**

Next Steps Once Application Is Complete

  • Once all components of the application packet are received, the New Graduate Center will notify you via email.
  • The New Graduate RN Center will screen and forward application packets to hiring managers for review. Hiring managers will then select and contact candidates for interviews.
  • The New Graduate RN Center’s goal is to share your application packet with the areas you indicated on the Areas of Interest Survey. Opportunities in specialty areas such as Pediatrics and Maternal-Newborn, for example, are limited and highly competitive. We recommend selecting all residency programs that you are open to considering, as this will increase your chances of receiving interviews.
    • Please only select facilities where you are willing to work. If you are unsure of the facility location, please utilize the hyperlinks in the Areas of Interest Survey.
    • Your information could be shared with multiple locations and hiring managers. Hiring managers will contact you to schedule interviews.
    • Please ensure the phone number and email address listed on your resume are current.
  • Once a hiring decision is made, hiring managers will notify the New Graduate RN Center.  All official offers will come from the New Graduate RN Center.

Areas of Interest Survey

Complete the Areas of Interest Survey. This survey will help the New Graduate Center better understand your top areas of clinical and facility interest.

Transition to Practice New Graduate RN Residency Program

The Transition to Practice New Graduate RN Residency Program provides New Graduate RNs with a dedicated team of Nurse Educators who work with New Graduates in an atmosphere that promotes learning, clinical application and socialization during the transition from student nurse to Registered Nurse.

The program includes classes and simulation lab experiences, as well as clinical orientation with a Preceptor, providing a solid foundation for clinical decision making, time management and interdisciplinary communication.

Specialty Tracks:

Adult Acute Care
Clinical areas include: Ambulatory Practices, Behavioral Health, Cardiac-Telemetry, Epilepsy, ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery), Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Neuroscience, Rehabilitation, Renal, Progressive Care and Observation.

Adult Critical Care
24-month service commitment upon completion of extended orientation

Continuing Care
Clinical areas include: Skilled Nursing, Home Care and Hospice

​Emergency Department

Clinical areas include: Labor & Delivery, High Risk Pre/Post-Partum and Mother-Baby

Intensive and Progressive Care

Inpatient and Ambulatory settings including: Bone Marrow Transplant, Infusion Center, Clinics and Clinical Trials

Clinical areas include: Pediatric Acute & Progressive Care, Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric and Cardiovascular ICU

Perioperative (OR)
24-month service commitment upon completion of extended orientation

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

Contact Us

The New Graduate RN Center has been established to assist New Graduate RNs who are seeking professional opportunities within Atrium Health. Our team is ready to assist you with the process.

If you have additional questions, please contact the New Graduate RN Center at and provide the best phone number where you can be reached.

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