New Graduate Opportunities

RN Adult Health Rotation Team (AHEART) – Surgical Specialty

We welcome new RN graduates to apply for our Adult Health Rotation Team, where you will get the opportunity to train on our surgical units with experienced preceptors! Benefits include full-time hours, new graduate pay, the opportunity to enhance your clinical skills through a variety of surgical patient experiences and participation in the Nurse Residency Program. After orientation, you will be assigned to rotate through surgical units for 2-4 weeks at a time.

AHEART Overview

  • Open to new graduate RNs
  • Members of the team will go through an orientation on surgical units and be classified as Adult Health Rotation RNs
  • RNs receive full-time benefits with new graduate pay
  • New graduates will work on a rotation team, in which they’ll participate in a variety of surgical patient experiences
  • All surgical/trauma units participate in the program (4 River, 6 River, 6 Kaufman and 8 River)
  • Requires a 2 year commitment to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

AHEART Schedule

  • Orientation
    • 14 weeks
      • 2 weeks of onboarding
      • 11 weeks of clinical orientation
      • 1 shadow week in a surgical specialty area
    • Rotation with surgical preceptors (provided by the unit) from participating nursing units
      • Onboarding: 2 weeks
      • 1st rotation: 4 weeks
      • 2nd rotation: 3 weeks
      • 3rd rotation: 2 weeks
      • 4th rotation: 2 weeks
      • 1 week of electives: Wound and ostomies, IV skills and one shadow shift in a specialty area (PACU, OR, SDU, etc.) or return to one of the prior rotations
    • Post-orientation
      • Participation in Nurse Residency Program
      • Participation in Mentoring Program
      • Assignment to a surgical unit in 6 week rotations
      • Surgical specialty orientation including education sessions with surgeons
  • Year 1
    • Rotate through surgical units
    • 12 hour shifts
    • Assignments made by Manager
    • Option for orientation to surgical intermediate patient care (after 9 months)
  • Year 2
    • Apply to unit of choice or, at 18 months, apply to the Resource Pool
    • Bridge to Intermediate Care Program
    • Eligible to apply to internships

Please contact us if you are interested in or have questions about the AHEART Program.