New Graduate RN Residency Program

Atrium Health is proud to offer a Transition to Practice 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.

Timeline for Spring 2019 New Graduate RNs

December 17 - January 25

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


February - May 2019

  • 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

June - August 2019

  • New Graduate RNs begin orientation


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

Application Process

 Apply to the New Graduate RN position (The application links will be available December 17 through January 25)

  • 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 November 2019, 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.

Request reference from two clinical instructors

  • Download the Clinical Reference Form
  • Add your name and date to the top of the reference form and email the form to each instructor
  • Ask each instructor to email the completed document to NewGraduateRNCenter@AtriumHealth.org
  • We do not accept mailed clinical references
  • If you applied as a New Graduate RN during a previous application cycle, please email the NewGraduateRNCenter@AtriumHealth.org to ask if your clinical references are still on file. In your email, please alert us of any name changes.  

Please 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 January 25.


Next Steps Once Application Is Complete

  • Once all components of the application packet are received, the New Graduate Center team 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.

Clinical Reference Form

Request that two (2) clinical instructors complete the Clinical Reference Form. Detailed instructions can be found in the "Application Process" section (above). Click the button below to download the form.

Transition to Practice RN Residency Program

The Transition to Practice 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 Nurse Residency Program 
Clinical areas include: Ambulatory practices, Behavioral Health, Cardiac-Telemetry, Epilepsy, ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery), Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Neuroscience, Rehabilitation and Renal

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

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

​Emergency Department Nurse Residency Program

​Maternal-Newborn Nurse Residency Program
Clinical areas include: Labor & Delivery, High Risk Pre/Post-Partum and Mother-Baby

Oncology Nurse Residency Program
Inpatient and Ambulatory settings including: Bone Marrow Transplant, Infusion Center, Clinics and Clinical Trials

Neonatal Nurse Residency Program
Intensive & Progressive Care

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

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

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Nurse Residency Program

Contact Us

The New Graduate RN Center has been established to assist new graduate nurses 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 NewGraduateRNCenter@AtriumHealth.org and provide the best phone number where you can be reached.

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