Graduate Nurse Experience | Parrish HealthCare

Explore Our Graduate Nurse Experience

Parrish Healthcare’s Graduate Nurse Experience provides the recently graduated nurse with a solid foundation on which to build his or her lifelong, safe-care nursing skills.

The Graduate Nurse Experience begins with classroom learning specifically structured to enhance each graduate nurse’s knowledge in preparation for clinical practice. The graduate nurse is paired with a specialty-trained preceptor for approximately 10 to 12 weeks, strengthening the professional relationship with fellow care partners. This preceptorship strengthens the graduate nurse’s practice by helping to build confidence, enhance assessment skills and develop critical thinking and decision-making.

The Graduate Nurse Experience offers the time and opportunity to immerse yourself in our Culture of Choice and to participate in fulfilling our mission—Healing Experiences For Everyone All The Time®.

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The Parrish Graduate Nurse Experience includes:

Parish Healthcare is at the forefront of evidence-based best practices. From patient safety to training and technology, we provide purposeful strategic direction to achieve superior results on behalf of our community.

  • Individually tailored education
  • Collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Essential tools for the provision of high-quality, safe, person-centered care
  • Support during your transition out of school and into the hospital setting
  • Observation for up to one year after the experience start date to monitor progress


The Parrish Graduate Nurse Experience is offered three times a year (in January, June and September). We accept applications throughout the year and can place you in the appropriate group based on your expected graduation date.

Graduate Nurse Experience Frequently Asked Questions

The Graduate Nurse Experience is intended for high-performing graduates of an accredited nursing program. Candidates may apply and go through the interview process four months prior to their graduation date from an approved nursing program.

No, you need only to apply for a graduate nurse position.

Once your application is submitted, you’ll be contacted to complete the interview phase. Successful candidates will progress through two rounds of interviews and will then be assigned a job shadow if he/she has not already completed a Parrish clinical rotation.

New hires must have their Authorization to Test documentation to start working as a graduate nurse.

Yes, graduate nurses are paid during the Graduate Nurse Experience.

Graduate nurses are hired for all areas of the hospital, including medical/surgical floors, critical care/ICU and emergency and perioperative departments.

Graduate nurses are paired with specialty-trained preceptors for approximately 10-12 weeks, depending on individual needs, but the Graduate Nurse Experience extends the full first year of a newly graduated nurse hire.

“My Graduate Nurse Experience provided me with the knowledge and skills to transition from a nursing student to proficient Emergency Department nurse. Now, as a preceptor, I draw from my personal experience in the graduate nurse program and enjoy being able to be a resource for new Graduate Nurses.”

Bliss, RN, Emergency Department

“The Graduate Nurse Experience at Parrish Medical Center provided me a great opportunity to gain experience and confidence in the Emergency Department. Utilizing my preceptors, educators and computer-based training allowed me to develop an excellent foundation that I build on every day. To this day, I always have resources available to me to learn and advance my skills.”

Nick, RN, Emergency Department

“The Graduate Nurse Experience strengthened my skills of assessment and gave me confidence when taking care of my patients. It taught me how to become a great nurse and for that I will be forever grateful.”

Melissa, RN, Med/Tele

“The best way to describe my Graduate Nurse Experience: it was a blessing. I say this because I felt invested in. I felt as though the team of nurses I was with wanted me to succeed and would do anything to make that happen. I was taught more in three months about patient care, critical thinking and time management than I ever learned in nursing school. Not saying this because I didn’t learn a million things in school, but my colleagues taught me how to apply all my skills in a real-life situation.”

Mariah, RN, Ortho/Surg/Peds