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Academy of Progressive Care Nursing

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

Who participates?

New graduate registered nurses who are interested in working in a Cone Health step-down or progressive care departments will be hired into the Academy of Progressive Care Nursing.

How does the Academy work?

  • The Academy of Progressive 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.
  • Core classes in progressive care and intermediate-acuity nursing provided with the opportunity of continuing education hours.
  • During phase one of the academy, nurses will rotate through a variety of Progressive Care (Step-Down) areas within the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, a 536-bed acute care hospital located in Greensboro NC with 5 different Progressive Care/Intermediate Care departments.
  • Shadowing experiences in the emergency departments, eICU (our virtual intensive care unit), and other areas of interest to the academy nurse are scheduled.
  • Academy participants complete Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  • 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 Progressive Care Nursing will apply to the intermediate-acuity department of their choice and will proceed through the standard interview process.
  • Academy nurses will begin their careers with a strong background in general 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.