Nursing Graduate Resources from Carilion Clinic
Going from student nurse to professional nurse is a big change, and we want you to make a successful transition. At Carilion Clinic, we believe in helping you develop to your full potential and in working together to achieve the best patient outcomes. To help you succeed in your first year, we have many programs for you.
- We provide an extensive orientation program for our new grads. From your first day, you will be scheduled for all of the courses that will help you prepare for your new position. You also will be paired with a preceptor, who will guide you through the processes and procedures on your unit until you feel comfortable. The length of orientation varies from individual to individual, but the average length is between eight and 12 weeks.
- Our nursing new grad recruiter will welcome you into your new position and follow you throughout your first year as a nurse. She is a resource for questions you may have about the new grad process or any other concerns you may have during your first year.
New Graduate Job Process
- The first step to starting your nursing career at Carilion Clinic is to complete the application process. With this single application, you may be considered for R.N. openings available to new graduates that are of interest to you.
- Follow the instructions in the job posting.
- Your application is processed once your references have been completed by your nursing instructors.
- A recruiter will contact you if you are selected for an interview. All job offers are made once the applicant completes the interview process. An official job offer will come from Human Resources and include details of the employment process.
- All New Graduate R.N.s must be licensed prior to starting work.
- If an offer of employment is extended to you and you do not pass boards, your job offer will be withdrawn. However, once you pass boards, you may be considered for R.N. openings.
For more information, or if you have questions, please contact our new graduate R.N. recruiter Emily Allen, via email at EFAllen@carilionclinic.org or by phone at 540-983-4147. Carilion Clinic is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I apply for and interview for more than one position?
A: If you interview for more than one position, you will receive all the job offers at one time from Human Resources so that you may make an informed decision in a timely manner.
Q: When can I start orientation?
A: We have system orientation every other Monday. You may attend orientation after successful completion of the post-offer assessment process and other necessary steps related to the hiring process.
Q. How long is the orientation period once I am working on my unit?
A. During orientation you will be paired with a preceptor who will guide you through the processes and procedures on your unit until you feel comfortable. The length of orientation varies from individual to individual but the average length is between eight and 12 weeks.
Q. What is a shift differential?
A. To ensure adequate staffing for all weekday shifts, weekends and holidays, a shift differential may be paid to those employees working specified hours. Contact the new graduate R.N. recruiter for details.
Q. When do my health benefits begin?
A. Your benefits will start the first day of the next month after you have worked for 30 days. For example, if you start work on Jan. 15, your benefits start March 1.
Q. What is considered a full-time position?
A. Seventy-two or more hours of regularly scheduled work pay period, an approved schedule as part of a documented staffing plan, or an approved schedule per the Variable Staffing Policy is considered full-time. (For example, weekend premium positions, which work two 16-hour shifts are full-time at 32 hours per week).
Q. Does Carilion offer continuing education benefits?
A. Yes, we offer education assistance. We also offer a number of continuing education courses and professional development classes at no charge to employees.
Q. What if I live outside of Virginia but want to work in Virginia?
A. Please contact the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) by visiting its website at www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing or by calling 804-367-4515. The VBON will guide you through a step-by-step process to being licensed in Virginia.
Q. What assistance do you offer new grads?
A. We pay the registration fee for the Kaplan review course, provide reimbursement for NCLEX and may offer relocation assistance.