Graduate Nursing

Graduate Nurse Program at Fletcher Allen

Fletcher Allen offers a year-long Graduate Nurse orientation program, which begins with 12-14 weeks dedicated to hospital orientation, systems-level nursing orientation and unit-level clinical experience and didactics.

Working with trained preceptors, you'll learn the routine of the unit, master organizational skills and become confident with the computer applications related to nursing documentation. As your orientation progresses, you will have the opportunity to take "field trips" to experience other Fletcher Allen departments, including the Cancer Center, Respiratory Therapy and the Operating Room.

Quick Links

Fletcher Allen hires graduate nurses into each of these units:


  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosciences and Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Urology

Women’s Health

  • Birthing Center
  • Maternity


  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • Pediatrics
  • OR

Critical Care Units

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Medical ICU
  • Surgical ICU
  • NICU

VT Cancer Center

  • Hematology/Oncology

Application Process

Applications are accepted beginning January 1 through April 30. To be considered for the program, you must have graduated from an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program within the past year.

Here’s what you can expect once you’ve submitted your application:

  • Upon receiving your application, we will send you a supplemental application outlining the remaining requirements and instructions for completion.
  • As part of the supplemental application, you are required to provide two clinical evaluations from your clinical instructors, a resume, a college transcript and a personal statement based on the topic provided.
  • Once your application is complete, if you are invited to continue the interview process, you will receive a link from WePow, a digital interview program with prerecorded questions from our recruitment team.  You will have an opportunity to record yourself answering those questions.  This digital interview allows us to get to know you and your interests and to assess how those interests align with our organizational mission and current graduate nurse opportunities. Candidates not invited to continue with the interview process will be notified via email.
  • The interview timeline varies due to position availability, and we will do our best to keep you informed throughout the process.  Similar to most other health care organizations, we anticipate having an exceptionally competitive hiring process and appreciate your patience. You can apply online for the Graduate Nurse position.  


Is a BSN required for the Graduate Nurse Program?

Graduates of ADN and BSN programs are encouraged to apply.

I graduated more than a year ago.  Am I still eligible for the Graduate Nurse Program?

At this time, we are only accepting applications from those candidates who have graduated within the past 12 months.

My clinical instructor wrote a letter of recommendation.  Do I need to ask them to complete the Clinical Evaluation form as well?

Two Clinical Evaluation forms must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete.

I have additional references or letters of recommendation I would like to include with my application. Where should I send them?

Additional letters of recommendation can be submitted with your initial application materials.

I emailed/faxed/mailed my application and am worried it was not received.  How can I confirm that you received my application in its entirety?

All inquiries can be directed to

Where should I send my application materials?

All application pieces can be sent to

I applied to the last Graduate Nurse Program. Do I need to apply again?

You will need to apply to this year’s program even if you have applied to the program in the past.

When I apply for the program, do I need to apply to specific openings as well?

By applying to the Graduate Nurse Program, you are automatically considered for any open RN positions that consider new graduates. Please do not apply to other RN positions posted on the website.

If I have not taken and passed my boards, can I still apply?

We accept applications from candidates who have not yet graduated and have not yet taken and passed their boards; however, we do require candidates to have passed the NCLEX exam before starting their new role.

How long is the program?

The length of the program depends on which unit you are hired into. Our Med/Surg units and other specialty units offer an orientation between 12 and 14 weeks. Our Critical Care Internship is 20 weeks. Our Operating Room Internship is eight months.

I have been working as an RN outside of the hospital setting for the past year. Do I still qualify for the Graduate Nurse Program?

Our Graduate Nurse Program is designed for those RNs who have less than six months of RN experience, regardless of the setting. 

Is there an option to not be part of the Graduate Nurse Program but still be hired as a new graduate?

Graduate Nurse applications will only be considered as part of the Graduate Nurse Program.

How many Graduate Nurses will be hired?

The number of positions offered is dependent upon both organizational and unit needs and varies from year to year.

When does the program start?

Program start dates are dependent on which unit you are hired into. Positions on our Med/Surg and other Specialty units are offered on a rolling basis. If you are offered a position in one of our internships, we offer several start dates throughout the year. The specific dates vary from year to year.

Will I be contacted regarding the status of my application?

If you are invited to continue with the interview process, you will be contacted via email with a link to the digital interview. If you are not invited to continue with the process, you will also be notified via email.

Contact Information

Contact the recruitment team at 800-722-9922 or email

Helpful Links