New Nurse Graduates (Clinical Nurse Fellow)

WakeMed's Clinical Nurse Fellowship is a one-year program that offers clinical and educational activities to facilitate professional development and personal growth for the new nurse graduate.  The educationally-rich and emotionally-supportive environment provides nursing practice in collaboration with experienced preceptors. WakeMed is proud to report an average one-year post-hire retention rate of 90 percent (national average ranges from 35-65 percent).

The Program Offers

  • Nursing orientation and skills development
  • Clinical workshops
  • Classes and continuing education
  • A supportive environment specifically designed for the new nurse
  • Specially-trained nurse preceptors who provide mentoring and guidance

Program Overview

Phase One: Structured programming that combines educational content, personalized clinical orientation and emotional support, allowing you to integrate theory with the skills required to deliver outstanding and compassionate patient care.

Phase Two: Ongoing support sessions to maximize individual growth, providing you with the one-on-one personal guidance that will allow for a smooth transition into the work environment.

Clinical Nurse Fellows are hired into a cohort twice a year.

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Hear from Our Nurse Fellows

The Clinical Nurse Fellowship helped ease my transition from a meek, new graduate nurse into the confident and proficient nurse I am today.

The program also provided a safe and accepting environment for talking about concerns that people are often reluctant to express. Building relationships with other nurse fellows and meeting leaders and educators at WakeMed was very helpful.

The program coordinator became a mentor to me, and I learned work-life balance and about how to cope with grief after losing a patient. I would tell anyone applying for the program that they will be so glad they did it – I am a much better nurse because of my Nurse Fellowship experience!

Nykiya L., RN

Nykiya L., RN

1D Clinical Evaluation Area
Nurse Fellow Class of 2012


The Clinical Nurse Fellowship program gave me the foundation I needed to be successful, and the support I needed to get through my first year. We reviewed a lot of case studies in our classes, and I have applied what I learned from those case studies in several clinical situations.

I think overall the experience helped me transition from a nursing student to a clinical nurse, and gave me the skills and confidence I needed to provide outstanding patient care. Also, I made great friendships that still exist today.

Participating in the WakeMed Nurse Fellowship program was the best decision of my nursing career, and I know that new nurse fellows will be so glad they did it.

Joshua M., RN

Joshua M., RN, BSN, CCRN

RRT/Code Blue/CV Response RN
Nurse Fellow Class of 2012


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