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RN Residency Program

Why Cone Health’s RN Residency Program?

The RN Residency Program builds on your fundamental nursing education by providing you a structured track specific curriculum with hands-on application. Our goal is to guide you in bridging the gap to professional practice as a Cone Health RN.

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The RN Residency Program lasts 12 months and consists of specialty track education, professional day workshops, and a mentorship. The first 14 weeks of the program are focused on track specific education and orientation on your clinical department, with each week totaling 36 hours. After the first 14 weeks, you will participate in monthly professional days and have designated time with a mentor from your specialty area.

Investment in your personal and professional growth through continuing education, clinical ladder, leadership training, a Career Development Center and tuition reimbursement. Join our team to see how have we accomplished this.

One Residency - Seven Specialty Tracks

Our RN Residency Program is unique in that we offer seven specialty tracks for nurses to begin their Cone Health nursing career. To discover more information about each track, click links below.

Work with Experienced Nurse Educators

Work closely with nurse educators and a team of RN Residency Facilitators who have a genuine passion for training nurses. You can feel confident that you’ll get the information and support you need to do your job well. Our nurse educators and facilitators have the knowledge and experience in the specialties they teach. They are committed to ensure you achieve clinical competency in your chosen specialty as you learn in the classroom and at the bedside.

RN Residency Mentor Program

Find understanding, inspiration and empowerment from a Mentor Leader — an experienced nurse who is not your direct supervisor. After completing the first 14 weeks of the Residency Program, every other month during your remaining first year as a registered nurse at Cone Health, you and a small group of your residency peers gather with your mentor leader for lunch, group discussion, fun team-building activities, and a community project.

Meet the Residency Coordinator

Briana Williams, Residency Coordinator

Brianna WilliamsI am the New Graduate RN Coordinator at Cone Health. I started with Cone Health in Summer 2013 as a Nurse Extern and worked my senior year as a Nurse Tech on the orthopedics unit. In 2014, I graduated from UNC Greensboro with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and after completing my Residency here, I worked as an RN on the OB Specialty Care Unit for seven years.

During this time, I have served as a preceptor for new graduates and a qualified observer for annual competencies while teaching at annual skills fairs. In March 2021, I graduated from Western Governors University with a Master’s in Nursing Education, and in July, I transitioned to my current role in the RN Residency Program. I look forward to being a mentor for our new graduates, and I can’t wait for you to join our team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements?

To qualify for the Cone Health RN Residency program, you must have a 3.0+ GPA, graduated (or will be graduating) from an accredited nursing program and have passed the NCLEX prior to starting. The 3.0 or higher GPA requirement does not apply to current employees (internal applicants).

Why should I become a Cone Health nurse?

Cone Health has been Great Place to Work-Certified™ for 2021-2022. The certification comes from Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture. The certification means that Cone Health meets or exceeds national benchmarks in workplace culture, employee experience and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue and increased innovation.

How do I apply?

With limited positions available in some specialty tracks, we encourage you to start the application process early. The application opens in September for our Winter RN Residency and in January for our Summer RN Residency. Click here for details about the application process. If you are a current Cone Health employee, please apply through the internal job opportunities link in SharePoint.

Why should I apply?

Enhance your skills and further your education and career with comprehensive and consistent support from experienced staff members, who are right here w/you living out the brand promise. Cone Health offers seven dynamic residency specialties that help Residents confidently make the transition from student to nurse, increase clinical knowledge, enhance clinical decision making and critical thinking skills, and continually grow through professional development opportunities during and after the Residency Program.

What does the interview process entail?

After submitting your application, a Talent Acquisition Consultant will reach out within a week to schedule a phone interview, followed by a second virtual video interview with the RN Residency facilitators and department leaders. Offers are extended 48 to 72 hours after the panel interview is complete.

How do I stand out during the interview?

Familiarize yourself with Cone Health, including our brand promise and values. Find a quiet spot to focus and don’t do anything else while on the call. Showcase your skillset. Share why you’re passionate about a career in nursing and your specialty area of interest. And If you know about a department because of a clinical, be sure to mention it.

How are RN Residents compensated?

Cone Health offers a competitive starting base wage; relocation assistance for eligible candidates; free parking; medical, dental, vision coverage; paid time off; tuition reimbursement after six months of employment; retirement account with employee match after one year; and on-site fitness centers.

What should I expect from the offer process?

Offers are extended 48 to 72 hours after the panel interview is complete. When considering your offers, remember to weigh more than just the unit you were offered and the pay rate. Consider Cone Health’s robust professional development, organization and positive team culture, future opportunities available, your goals and residency program quality.

What if I don’t get my preferred unit?

You don’t have to stay in the unit you are offered after your one-year Residency is completed. During your Residency, find opportunities to learn about other areas in which you may be interested. You are free to apply to any position of interest in the system after your one-year commitment is finished.

What happens after I have accepted an RN Residency position?

After accepting an offer, you will receive your offer letter and other documents from Talent Acquisition’s Onboarding team to begin the process of becoming a Cone Health RN Resident! Our team will work closely with you to help you navigate this process. We recommend that you take your NCLEX exam as early as possible to ensure that you are able to start the program on time. Our RN Residency team will then be in touch with you shortly before your start date to welcome you and provide information about orientation.

What can I expect after my RN Residency is complete?

You may choose to continue working in your unit or apply for another position within the system, and take advantage of continuing education opportunities and the Career Development Center.

Overview Of the RN Residency Program 

We’re excited to have you reside with us! Once you’re accepted, the steps to complete the program are streamlined with plenty of built-in support as you transition to practice and professional roles, graduation and evaluations. 

RN Residency Infographic