Congratulations New Nurse Graduates!

The residency is fully paid and benefits eligible and is considered a full-time nursing position. At the end of the residency, you do not have to apply for another position, you are able to continue working in the position for which you were hired or apply to another department or member organization if you wish.

As a Northern Light Health employee, you will be supported in your career growth and development every step of the way. We also offer generous sign-on bonuses and relocation packages. Here are some common offerings to those seeking a career at Northern Light Health:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Sign On Bonus
  • Relocation Bonus
  • Continued Education
    • Assistance in obtaining bachelors and/or master’s degrees
    • Specialized certifications and continuing education credits for current certifications
  • Student Loan Repayment
  • Continued Career Development

From the classroom to the hospital: New Graduate Nursing

Everyone’s path into nursing looks a little bit different. For Nurse Gillian Corcoran, it was a winding road. We chat with her about her choice to become a nurse and her transition from the classroom into her career with Northern Light Mercy Hospital. Sarah Varney, Director of Clinical Education at Northern Light Mercy Hospital explains how Northern Light Health works to make this transition as smooth as possible for our newest nurses.

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Northern Light Health: Maine Nursing Students

RN: Work-to-Grow Program

Northern Light Health Work-to-Grow Program assists students enrolled in an AND or BSN program. While being paid full-time, candidates have their tuition and exam fees paid for on their behalf for up to two years, including their NCLEX. After completion of the program and successful NCLEX examination, the employee has a work commitment with Northern Light Health.

*Currently offered at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Northern Light Mayo Hospital, and Northern Light Home Care & Hospice

For other workforce development opportunities learn more about Workforce Development

Pre NCLEX vs. Post NCLEX

At Northern Light Health, many new graduate nurses have the choice to start Pre-NCLEX or Post-NCLEX.

Pre-NCLEX Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing (currently in last semester Nursing program or recently graduated from Nursing school
  • Provide Authorization to Test prior to start date
  • Must attempt NCLEX within 60 days of hire
  • Hold or be eligible to hold CNA, CST, Pharm Tech, or another licensure in case unable to pass NCLEX first attempt

Post-NCLEX Requirements:

  • Maine RN License or eligible to obtain
  • No RN experience, or less than one year of RN experience.