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Academy of Critical Care Nursing

Nursing Academy

The Academy of Critical Care Nursing is a program to support new graduate nurses as they become competent practitioners. More than an orientation program, our academy uses interactive learning strategies, core curriculum classes, and a variety of clinical experiences to improve nurses’ assessment and critical thinking skills.

Who participates?

New graduate registered nurses who are interested in working in a Cone Health critical care will be hired into the Academy of Critical Care Nursing.

How does the Academy work?

  • The Academy of Critical Care Nursing has multiple sessions throughout the year. You will be provided a start date once you are accepted into the program.
  • Each week includes 24 hours of clinical time and 12 hours of academy activities.
  • During phase one of the academy, nurses will rotate through a variety of high-acuity areas in four different Cone Health hospitals:
    • The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, a 536-bed acute care hospital located in Greensboro.
    • Wesley Long Hospital, an urban community hospital located in Greensboro.
    • Annie Penn Hospital, a rural hospital in Reidsville.
    • Alamance Regional Medical Center, a community hospital, Burlington
  • Shadowing experiences in the emergency departments, eICU (our virtual intensive care unit), and other areas of interest to the academy nurse are encouraged.
  • Academy participants complete Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
  • In a risk-free and fun manner, academy participants focus on skill building and critical thinking using case scenarios in the patient simulation lab.
  • Academy nurses work with a specially trained coach during each clinical rotation.

What happens at the end of the academy?

  • Nurses completing the Academy of Critical Care Nursing will transfer to a high-acuity department through the standard interview process.
  • Academy nurses will begin their careers with a strong background in general critical and progressive care nursing.
  • Ongoing support continues through the second phase of the academy by way of monthly workshops on professionalism and paid time away from the hospital engaging in fun and rejuvenating activities with peers and a mentor leader.