FAQs for New Grad Nurses

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when do I apply?

Positions for new grad nurses are available two times each year – with start dates in the spring and fall, typically March and September. This allows all new grad nurses to start at the same time to facilitate their orientation into their unit-based residency program.

Application periods are posted when open on the Nursing Opportunities page under New Graduate Nursing.

If I am a current Emory Healthcare employee graduating from nursing school, is my application process different?

Yes, please contact Darrell Moretz directly at darrell.moretz@emoryhealthcare.org for specific directions.

Do I have to wait until I have passed boards to apply?

All new grads are required to have a Georgia RN license before beginning employment. However, you do not have to have a license before applying. You should, though, be near completion of your nursing program and the licensing process.

What are the requirements?

The requirements are:

  • BSN in nursing

  • An active Georgia RN license. This is not required to apply. You should, though, be near completion of your nursing program and the licensing process. It will be required to work at Emory Healthcare.

  • Current American Heart CPR card

  • Résumé required at the time of application. References will be requested by use of an online reference system

  • Additional references may be required
What should I include on my résumé?

Look at all of your work experience. Any work experience might be relevant because you can transfer skills. Also, include your area of interest and all of the details of your clinical rotations while in school, such as where, areas and approximate duration. Please highlight senior practicum.

What is the UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program?

The UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program is an evidence-based program developed by the University HealthSystem Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Emory Healthcare has adopted this program and administers it on-site at Emory Healthcare. It consists of monthly sessions for the first full year of practice to support the new nurse residents as they transition into their first professional role in nursing. Outcome data from the residency has demonstrated that, through participation in the residency, residents develop improved confidence, competence, communication skills and leadership capabilities. They also demonstrate a decrease in stress levels. Residency sessions and facilitator support are planned and delivered with the primary goal of assisting the new resident nurse in acquiring the skills necessary to become successful as a full partner of the health care team.

Is there a work commitment?

Yes. Those nurses going through the UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program sign a two-year work agreement which begins after completing the six-month, unit-specific residency. During the work commitment period, nurses are encouraged to remain in their area of concentration at Emory Healthcare.

What is Emory Healthcare’s interview process?

Applicants proceeding to the interview stage of the hiring process interview with HR and with the unit director for the area. If you proceed in the process, you will receive a formal job offer from HR. Before starting employment, all pre-employment requirements must be met (e.g., Georgia RN license, satisfactory criminal background check, health assessment, references, etc.).

If hired, when can I start?

If you meet the position requirements, complete the interview process, are offered a position and accept that position, you will start with your fellow residents when the residency program starts – either in the spring or fall.

What orientation/new-hire training do new hires attend?

In addition to the residency program, orientation/new-hire training varies based on individual needs/requirements. New employees attend a two-day required orientation. Then, all nurses attend a patient service orientation. They may also take computer classes and other class requirements. Units provide unit-specific orientation.

Would I get to choose my department/shift/location?

We strive to meet the new grad's preferred interest, but we place according to our availability of positions.

Do you have opportunities in the ER, ICUs and Women’s Services?

Opportunities do arise in these areas. Often, these areas require clinical rotation and other experience first. Therefore, although there are opportunities, we do encourage all of our new grads to explore all of our open positions.

Once on board, can I change departments?

Emory Healthcare requires all new hires to remain in the position they are hired in for six months before transferring to a new role. However, new graduate nurses are also committed to a specific area of work based on their residency program. Those nurses going through the UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program sign a two-year work agreement which begins after completing the six-month, unit-specific residency. During the work commitment period, nurses are encouraged to remain in their area of concentration at Emory Healthcare.

Are there career growth opportunities at Emory Healthcare?

Absolutely. Be sure to explore the nursing section of our Career Center, in particular the Professional Lattice in Advancement for Nursing page.

Who should I contact if I have any additional questions?

You can contact Darrell Moretz at darrell.moretz@emoryhealthcare.org.