Orientation and Wellness


Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center nursing pay scale is among the highest in Maine, and nurses have access to a comprehensive benefit package including:

  • Dental benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Employee discounts

  • Employee health services

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Life insurance

  • Medical benefits

  • Planned, earned, and paid time off

  • Retirement benefits

  • Special time off with pay (births, jury duty, military, and funeral leave)

  • Tuition reimbursement

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Our nursing orientation program is designed to provide nurses with the information and education they need to get off to a great start. All nurses who are new to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center complete a seven-day hospital orientation in addition to unit-specific orientation.

The first seven days include:

  • Day 1: Human resources/general orientation
  • Day 2: Clinical orientation
  • Day 3: Computer orientation
  • Days 4-7: Hands-on skill sessions, policies, and competencies

Unit-specific orientations are tailored to the needs of every nurse. Nurses are matched up with a preceptor upon start, with the length of orientation determined by the nurse’s clinical experience and skills. Nurses will talk with unit leadership frequently and meet with a clinical educator routinely throughout the process.

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Sometimes unexpected events occur in the life of a nurse. In order to continue to meet the needs of our patients, we may need to seek extra help during difficult times. To address this need, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center recently began developing a staff-driven Peer Support Program. Based on a proven national model, we provide tools to help our healthcare teams feel well-supported during and after trying times, so we can be in the best mindset for our patients.

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Healthy employees are important to the overall mission of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. That’s why we participate in Virgin Pulse, a comprehensive online wellness rewards program that is open for all of Northern Light Health's benefit-eligible employees and their spouses/domestic partners. Eligible employees and their spouses/domestic partners are able to earn up to $400 in cash rewards annually, which can be deposited into a bank account or used at the Virgin Pulse online store to purchase products or visa gift cards.

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