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Jaysia Brown Clinical Nurse I With Duke since 2021

We are committed to supporting candidates who have recently graduated as they gain confidence and skill in their transition from the role of student to professional. Our programs are designed to provide education, support, and guidance to new nursing graduates as they begin a career at Duke Health.

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Nurse Residency Program

New nursing graduates hired by Duke Health are automatically enrolled and participate in our Nurse Residency Program where you engage in a support program that begins during your first week of nursing orientation and runs for the entire first year of your practice. The program is administered by Vizient and tailored to Duke Health's vision and values.

Nurse Residency Program

During your year of residency, you will:

  • Gain support from a community of caring experienced nurses that will build your professional confidence, commitment and courage as you navigate your first year.
  • Be given the opportunity to share experiences and socialize with other new nurses.
  • Participate in clinical discussion and interactive experiences led by subject matter experts monthly on topics that include leadership, critical thinking and patient outcomes.
  • Finish out the program with an evidence-based inquiry project that brings together your residency year.

For questions on the Nurse Residency Program please contact Clinical Education and Professional Development at

Specialty Nurse Intern Program (SNIP)

This specialized training program at Duke University Hospital is for new graduate nurses interested in an Emergency Department career. It puts nurses in a structured, 26-week orientation that provides extensive clinical exposure combined with classroom lectures to help nurses better understand emergency services. A team of preceptors supports Specialty Nurse Intern Program (SNIP) trainees and engagement and support extend well beyond the formal six-month active program.

Questions can be directed to Generally, the program is offered three times a year in February, July and October.

Post-Acute Transitional Care @ Home (PATCH) Program 

This new graduate nurse training program supports the new nurse in their first year of practice as they rotate through Home Health, Hospice, Home Infusion, and Care Coordination service lines. Nurse residents are prepared for the field of post-acute transitional care through a comprehensive training schedule while being supported by experienced preceptors, nurse educators, and managers.

Questions can be directed to

New Graduate Registered Nurse Program, Duke University Hospital-Based Clinics

This 12-week program supports new graduate nurses interested in a career within an ambulatory care setting. Upon completion of a 2-week orientation, nurses are prepared for the field of ambulatory with three four-week rotations at surgical clinics, procedural clinics, and medical clinics within Duke University Hospital’s network of ambulatory sites in Durham. Upon completion of the program, nurses are hired at one of the ambulatory clinics.

Questions can be directed to

Duke Cancer Institute Outpatient Oncology New Graduate Nurse Program

This program spans 12 weeks and is designed to help new nurses begin their careers in an ambulatory oncology setting. Led by nurse educators, clinical nurse specialists, and other nurse leaders, new nurses will rotate between Duke Cancer Institute's outpatient facilities in Durham, Raleigh, and Wake County, providing hands-on patient care with rotations in infusion, radiation oncology, and other multidisciplinary clinical areas. After one week of general orientation, new nurse team members in the program will begin working on didactic and hands-on skills practice before transitioning into the patient care setting. Upon completion of the program, new nurse team members are hired at one of Duke Cancer Institute's locations.

This program is offered twice per year with cohorts starting in January and July. Questions can be directed to 

New to the OR Training Program

The New to the OR Training Program is available to new graduate and skilled nurses who want to gain operating room experience. The program involves six to nine months of training depending on the service line.

Classroom instruction and preceptorships place nurses at the forefront of operating room procedures.

What to expect:

  • Week 1: Orientation week with observation days
  • Weeks 2-3: Lecture with simulation and some OR observation
  • Weeks 3-4: Shadowing experiences within the department
  • Week 5 and on: You will be paired with a preceptor until your 6-9 month orientation is complete where you will learn to scrub and circulate.

Any questions about the program can be directed to Generally, the New to the OR Program is offered three times a year with cohorts starting in February, July, and October. 

Graduates: Engaged, Mastering, Succeeding (GEMS) Acute Care Program

This 18-month program helps new nurses set a solid foundation for their nursing careers and gain a wide array of acute care experience in one of Duke Health's three hospitals in Durham and Raleigh. Following a general nursing orientation, new nurses will orient to three different acute care units over an eight-week period, before interviewing for their unit preference for the remainder of the program. New nurses will be assigned a mentor as well as participate in seminars on acute care topics and special experience observations to explore the patient continuum of care beyond acute care. 

This application for the July 2024 cohort is now open. Apply here. Questions about the program can be directed to 

Professional Nurse Assistant Program

Prior to graduation, rising junior and senior nursing students are offered the opportunity to grow their skills and experiences by participating in our paid 10-week Professional Nursing Assistant Program. This program brings together students and preceptors in a unique, one-on-one clinical partnership where mentor relationships strengthen the students’ awareness of nursing scope of practice and critical thinking skills. Students in this program receive a mix of on-unit and off-unit learning to develop their communication and interpersonal skills and assist with procedures and treatments.

Generally, the program is offered once per year and typically starts in May while lasting through the summer months. Questions about the program can be directed to

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