New Graduate RN Programs

Return to Careers Home Page

Transition Between Nursing School & Career

Looking for a chance to fine-tune the skills acquired in nursing school while receiving a great compensation package? Our Graduate Nurse Transition Program provides registered nurses with a transition between nursing school and on-the-job patient care.

Our programs offer focused, multidisciplinary classroom training, as well as a customized preceptor clinical experience. Both the didactic and clinical components emphasize the transition skills and knowledge base you will need to bridge the gap between school and workplace.

Participants meet regularly with the preceptor(s) and unit leadership to evaluate progress, discuss any concerns or questions they may have and set goals for the next week. Samaritan provides a supportive environment of highly trained, caring professionals throughout the program.

Candidates hired into the transition program are paid nursing wages and may receive comprehensive benefits. Candidates interested may apply to either the Critical Care or Med/Surg Transition Programs.

Application timelines

Two training periods may be offered each year, one in summer and one in winter.

Applications for the summer program are generally accepted from April to June with the program starting in August.

Applications for the winter program are generally accepted from November to January, with the program starting in February.

Application requirements

Applicants must have graduated from a registered nursing program within 12 months of starting the program. Please review the additional eligibility options for the Critical Care Internship Program.

Complete an online application at Positions are listed as “RN-New Grad-Trainee.” Please include an estimated date of licensing.

Our internship program provides you with opportunities to build your knowledge base and skills in critical care in a fast-paced, collaborative and supportive environment. The program provides generous educational opportunities in the classroom and at the bedside.

The critical care internship incorporates classroom, skills lab and clinical experiences. The internship includes:

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurse Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO).
  • Simulation/ skills lab experience to reinforce classroom concepts.
  • Structured clinical orientation period for up to six months at a Samaritan facility.

To apply, a two-step process must be completed:

Samaritan welcomes both traditional, newly graduated applications, as well as those with less than one year of experience as a hospital-based RN.

  1. Fulfill the application requirements for the Graduate Nurse Transition Program.
  2. Visit to download the candidate reference form and follow the instructions listed. Have at least two clinical instructors complete and return the form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you are welcome to apply prior to receiving your Oregon RN license.

Apply to all positions that you are interested in being considered for. You are welcome to keep 10 applications open at any given time.

No, a BSN is not required for our New Grad positions.

No, you only need to have two instructors complete the CCI candidate reference forms one time. Once we have the reference forms on file, we will consider them toward all of your CCI applications.

While it is not a requirement to apply for the New Grad positions, we encourage you to include a cover letter. We receive a high volume of New Grad applications and a cover letter is a great way for you to communicate to the hiring manager any unique experience, interest, and/or training you have that may set you apart from other candidates.


Meet Amanda Kimball

Nurse Appreciates Flexibility, Support Community Hospital Offers

Meet Amanda Kimball
Meet Bruce Penner

Critical Care Nurse Values Organizational Commitment to Continuing Education

Meet Bruce Penner
Meet Kimberly McCord

New Graduate Nurse Turned Preceptor Shares Love of Nursing

Meet Kimberly McCord

Join Our Nursing Talent Network

Join to learn about career events, new opportunities and job information.