Our academies ensure our new graduate nurses have the clinical competency and confidence they need to best serve our patients.
What academies are available?
If you have a particular interest in women’s health, behavioral health or pediatrics please contact Talent Acquisition at 866-266-3767. A few limited positions are available in these specialty areas. In the near future, we anticipate starting a Maternal Newborn Academy.
How does the Academy work?
All new graduates hired to work in medical-surgical/telemetry, step-down/critical care 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:
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
A Bachelor of Science in nursing is preferred.
Is there a time commitment?
If selected for this opportunity, you must commit and sign a contract for thirty month 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?