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Academies at Cone Health for New Graduate Nurses

Nursing Academy Sim LabCone Health offers a number of academies to provide new graduate nurses with a systematic and efficient competency-based orientation program to transition and integrate our new graduate nurses into medical-surgical, critical care, maternal-newborn, behavioral health, progressive care and emergency nursing.

Our academies ensure our new graduate nurses have the clinical competency and confidence they need to best serve our patients.

We are currently accepting applications for the New Graduate RN Academy.

Apply Online between August 15, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

Next academy start dates:

October 31, 2016 (Available Fall academies are:  Medical-Surgical and Progressive Care academies.)

February 20, 2017 (All academies will be available.)

What academies are available?

If you have a particular interest in pediatrics please contact Talent Acquisition at 866-266-3767. A few limited positions are available for this specialty area.

How Does the Academy work?

All new graduates hired to work in medical-surgical/telemetry, step-down/critical care, behavioral health, maternal-newborn and emergency departments will be hired through a specific academy. Academy nurses take part in a variety of clinical experiences, core curriculum classes, simulations and hands-on learning experiences.

New graduates spend an average of 12 hours a week in academy-specific activities and 24 hours a week on the nursing units. Following a series of rotations through various Cone Health departments and hospitals, Academy nurses will be given the opportunity to interview with department leaders for open positions in their chosen specialty.

How do I apply?

Please visit our careers page to apply. On that page, choose "Nursing - New Graduate" under Job Interest Category.

In addition to your online application, you must submit the following:

Please have your instructors email completed forms to

To be considered you must:

  • Be a registered nurse with a current North Carolina licensure prior to starting the Academy.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

You must have an Associate Degree or Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Is there a time commitment?

If selected for this opportunity, you must commit and sign a contract for two years of full-time employment at Cone Health in a nursing department of your academy.

There is a penalty owed to Cone Health of up to $5,000 if the contract is broken.

What are the benefits of being in an academy at Cone Health?

Cone Health welcomes new graduate registered nurses, and our goal is to make a successful, smooth transition period for you as you grow from student nurse into a registered nurse.

Our academies will provide you with support and education from expert educators in the field to help you increase your knowledge, confidence and critical-thinking skills. Apart from the clinical knowledge you will gain, you will also have the opportunity to network with other new graduates and experience the spectrum of nursing offered at Cone Health.

As a magnet facility, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment with a strong focus on nursing education.

Who leads the academies?

Each Academy is led by a specific educator or coordinator with a vast range of experience and expertise in your chosen specialty. All of our nurse educators who serve in our academies have master’s degrees, and have a love and desire to teach. Along with mentoring new graduate nurses, our educators are integrally involved in all aspects of the Academy experience.

Who do I contact for more information about the academies?

We welcome you to contact Talent Acquisition or the specific educator for each Academy.

Talent Acquisition: call (866) 266-3767 or by email

The Academy of Critical and Progressive Care Nursing: Heather Tripp, Belinda Hammond

The Academy of Emergency Nursing: Linda Fonshill

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing: Pamela Hamilton,Danyel Johnson

The Academy of Maternal-Newborn Nursing: Heather Tripp, Jenny Clapp

The Academy of Psychiatric Nursing: Barbara Akins