New Graduate Programs

Duke Nursing is committed to supporting candidates who have recently graduated, as they gain confidence and skill in their transition from the role of student to professional nurse. Programs such as the Nurse Residency Program and New to the OR Training Program provide invaluable hands-on experiences. New graduates seeking employment are encouraged to apply to positions titled “new graduate” or “Clinical Nurse I.”



New nursing graduates at Duke University Health System participate in our Nurse Residency Program, designed to smooth the transition from student nurse to professional nurse. Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke University Hospital, in collaboration with Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program ™, hosts monthly, three-hour sessions that begin during your first week in nursing orientation, and run for the entire first year of your practice.

New nurses from across the patient care spectrum explore topics in leadership, professional roles, critical thinking, and patient outcomes. Clinical experts and nursing leaders guide discussions and interactive experiences, but most importantly, this is an opportunity for new nurses to share their experiences with other new nurses.

For more information about the Duke Health Nurse Residency Program, contact the Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development at 919-684-4293, or email at



This specialized training program is specifically geared towards new graduate nurses. This selectively structured, 26-week orientation provides extensive clinical exposure combined with classroom lectures to help nurses better understand emergency services. A team of preceptors supports SNIP trainees through a two-year signed commitment, where engagement and support extend well beyond the formal six-month active program.

New graduates are encouraged to apply to the SNIP using a keyword search in the job search tool on the Duke Nursing website.



The New to the OR Training Program is a six-month orientation available to new graduate and experienced nurses who do not have operating room experience. Classroom instruction and preceptorships place nurses at the forefront of operating room procedures. Generally, the New to the OR program is offered three times a year and requires a two-year commitment once a nurse is selected for the program.

New graduate and experienced nurses are encouraged to apply to the New to the OR program using a keyword search in the job search tool on the Duke Nursing website.

Find answers to your new graduate nurse questions on our FAQ page.