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Asante New Grad Program

  • The Asante New Grad Program is designed to be an introduction to professional nursing.
  • New grads are placed in most specialties: Med/Surg, Cardiac Center, Oncology, General Medicine, Post-Surgical, Orthopedics, Neurology, Behavioral Health, Float, Women's Health, Critical Care, ICU, CCU, IMCU, Emergency, Pediatrics, NICU, PACU, OR and Family Birth. Some departments hire new grads year round.

Asante’s New Grad Orientation is focused on setting up newly graduated nurses for success and with the necessary tools for safe patient care. We help new graduates translate what they learned in a classroom into a hospital setting in a dynamic learning environment. Orientation typically runs for several weeks, ensuring that all new grads are competently and confidently trained on what is expected of them in their new role.

What is a New Grad RN position?

What are the New Grad RN position requirements?

  • Education: Associates degree in nursing or above.
  • License: Registered Nurse (RN) license from the Oregon State Board of Nursing by start date.
  • Certification: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification by the American Heart Association by start date.
  • Candidate must be a new grad or an RN who has not worked in an acute care setting.

Into what units should New Grad RNs expect to be hired?

  • Asante offers new grad RN positions in several units, including Surgery, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Orthopedics/Neurology, Post-Surgical, Heart Center, General Medicine, Medical/Oncology, Intensive Care Unit, IMCU, Critical Care Unit, Emergency Department, Behavioral Health, PACU, Nursing Resource Team and NICU at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Some of these units hire new grad RNs year round as need arises.
  • Asante offers new grad RN positions in Medical/Surgical, Float Pool, Emergency Department, CCU, and Family Birth Center at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Some of these units hire new grad RNs year round as need arises.
  • Asante offers new grad RN positions in Medical/Surgical, OB, and OR at Asante Ashland Community Hospital.

Into what shift should new grad RNs expect to be hired?

  • New grad RNs will typically be hired for variable shifts depending on the need of the unit.
What are the required orientations, trainings and classes during the program?
  • New grads will be placed with a preceptor for their first 8 to 14 weeks of the program. New grads will also complete a week of new employee orientation.

What is the new grad timeline?

  • New grad opportunities are posted on the Asante Careers page during the month of March. You can set a search agent to notify you when opportunities become available.
  • After you apply for an opportunity, you will receive an e-mail from to the address you provided on the application. To ensure that you receive a response, please add this e-mail address to your trusted senders.
  • After reviewing your application, a recruiter will determine if your experience aligns with the qualifications for the opportunity. If you receive an e-mail that states you are not the right fit for a position, please do not be discouraged from applying for other positions you may be interested or qualified for.
  • If after reviewing your application the recruiter would like to set up a time for a phone interview, you will receive an e-mail and/or a phone call to schedule that appointment. The phone interview will cover any department or location you are interested in for the New Grad Program.
  • You will receive an e-mail asking for references if we do not have up-to-date references for you on file.
  • During the phone interview, the recruiter will give you a timeline for a response to the interview. You will receive a response regarding your phone interview by email or phone.
  • If you are selected to move forward in the process, you will be scheduled for an onsite or video interview. If you are selected for the position, the recruiter will make an offer and you will begin the onboarding process. If you are not selected for the position, you will receive a phone call from the recruiter, who will be able to assist you in applying for other positions at Asante or keep you in mind for future openings for the position for which you interviewed.

What are some new grad RN resumé tips?

Format your resumé wisely and choose a font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and applicant management systems.

  • Use a 10- or 12-point font.
  • Use basic fonts like Ariel, Verdana, Calibri or Times New Roman.
  • Make section headers larger or bold.
  • Resumé that are well-organized, easy to read, and perfectly laid out make the review process easier for the hiring manager and catches his or her attention.
  • Keep resumé length between one and two pages.
  • No fancy formatting is needed. Simple is better.

Give a complete work and education history.

  • List jobs in chronological order from current to oldest.
  • Give complete information, including job title and your reason for leaving.
  • List all work history relevant to the position you are applying for, regardless of how long ago.
  • Be sure to list your education level.
  • List any certifications you have that are relevant to the position.

Identify accomplishments, not just job descriptions.

  • Focus on what you did on the job, not what your job was
  • Avoid using generic descriptions of past jobs.
  • Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just what someone else did.

Sell your skills and strengths.

  • Highlight your specific achievements.
  • Quantify your achievements (e.g., percentages, dollars, and number of employees).
  • Work backward to quantify your accomplishments by asking, If I had not done X, what could have happened?

Tailor your resume to the New Grad RN position at Asante.

  • Use key words listed on Asante’s website or in the job description and match them to bullet points in your resumé.
  • Be sure to address in your resumé any minimum and preferred qualifications for the position.

Replace your objective statement with a career summary.

  • A career summary gives a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Grab a hiring manager’s attention from the outset.
  • Most objective statements sound too similar and do not stand out.

Use action words.

  • Use verbs like prepared, managed, developed, presented, monitored and initiated.

Be sure to use spelling and grammar check.

  • Have a second person review your resumé to catch any errors not detected by electronic checks.

What are some new grad RN interview tips?


  • Practice your responses to typical job interview questions.
  • Think of concrete examples that can highlight your skills and provide evidence of your successes.
  • Prepare a list of your own questions to ask the interviewer.


  • What do you know about Asante?
  • Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the interview.
  • Try to relate what you have learned about Asante when answering questions.

Dress for success.

  • Plan a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance.
  • It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • Bring a portfolio and extra copies of your résumé.
  • Bring a pen and paper for taking notes.

Arrive early.

  • Show up for the interview five to 10 minutes early.
  • Drive to the location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it takes to get there.

Stay calm.

  • Your body language says just as much about you as your answers to the interview questions.
  • The more you prepare, the more confident you will be.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Listen to the entire question before you answer.

Be honest.

  • If you do not have a skill, just state that. Don’t try to cover it up by talking and giving examples that are not relevant.
  • If you do not have a particular skill, mention skills you do have that are related.

Show what you know.

  • Relate what you know about Asante when answering questions.
  • When discussing your career accomplishments, try to match them to what Asante is looking for.

Follow up.

  • Within 24 hours of your interview, always follow up with a thank you note (or email) reiterating your interest in the position.
  • If you interview with multiple people, send each one a personal thank you note.

How do I apply?

  • If you are an external candidate, please apply here>>

    Note when searching for the Asante New Grad RN opportunity, please be sure to select "ALL" when selecting a job location. Asante's New Grad RN opportunity can be found on>>

  • If are a current Asante employee graduating from nursing school, please apply using our internal applicant process>>. To apply, you must be in good standing with your current department.

    Note when searching for the Asante New Grad RN opportunity, please be sure to select "ALL" when selecting a job location. Asante's New Grad RN opportunity can be found on>>

Do I need an RN license to apply?

No, you do not need the license to apply, but you must obtain a registered nurse (RN) license from the Oregon State Board of Nursing by the start date.

Do I need to have taken the NCLEX before I apply?

No, you do not need to have taken the NCLEX before you apply, but you must have taken and passed the NCLEX before your start date if you are hired into a new grad RN position.

I graduated more than a year ago. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, so long as you do not have experience or have worked in an acute care setting.

Does Asante accept new grad RN applicants from out of state?

Yes, we accept applicants from out of state. You must have your registered nurse (RN) license from the Oregon State Board of Nursing by the start date.

Does Asante accept new grad RN applicants who are international students?

Yes, we accept international student applicants so long as they are legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

What Are the Position Benefits and Salary?

Generous Benefits Package

We take care of our patients by making sure that we take care of our employees. Our benefits are competitive and designed to attract and retain the highest caliber of employee that we can find.

We provide a generous benefits package for employees who work full-time or part-time (20 hours per week or more). Employees who work less than part-time receive a 15 percent pay differential for their scheduling flexibility. In general, employees are eligible to participate in benefits plans beginning first day of employment.

In addition to these and other benefits you would expect from a top-notch employer, we provide opportunities for continued education, flexible schedules, and opportunities for advancement throughout Asante. And then there is the intangible benefit of having a great career in a beautiful place to live.

Whom Can I Contact If I Have Additional Questions?

If you have any questions during the process, please feel free to contact the Asante Talent Acquisition Team at (541) 789-4757, toll-free at (800) 255-7862, or by e-mail at

Reviewed by Philip Stanley on May 24, 2018