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Graduate nurses

Grow your career. With individualized orientation and limitless professional resources, Aurora graduate nurses are surrounded by a network of support. Resources help graduate nurses grow professionally and learn to provide outstanding patient-centered care.


Orientation is to be completed within six weeks at full time, but may take longer for specialty areas. Individuals not comfortable after six weeks of orientation may have access to a resource nurse (select units only) for continued support toward independence.

New nurses can expect:

  • Direct patient care within first two days on unit
  • Unit-based classes
  • Classes off unit with other new nurses

You will be surrounded by patient-centered caregivers and expert resources, including your:

  • Preceptor, an experienced nurse selected for your orientation
  • Clinical nurse specialist (CNS), a master's level nurse working exclusively on your unit (This person is responsible for the content and oversight of your initial orientation, as well as the lifelong learning needed to achieve Our #1 Priority - Every patient deserves the best care. This role is also responsible for maintaining current Magnet status of our Milwaukee-area hospitals and assisting with the Magnet designation process for our other hospitals. Some Patient Service Markets utilize the hospital-wide nurse educator instead of the CNS role. These markets generally hire a smaller number of new nurses.
  • Patient care manager

ATI Testing Preparation

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) testing preparation and review is offered at the start of orientation to any graduate nurse hired within Aurora Health Care at no cost to you.


  • 99.3% pass rate, based on readiness to test from your ATI coach
  • Unlimited access
  • Individualized, focused study plan based on predictor test
  • Online coach
  • Ongoing email communication
  • Test-taking strategies, NCLEX tips, Blackboard Web site, discussion boards and more
  • Resources available until NCLEX passed
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Hear from Molly Dahlke, a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.