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Nursing careers

Support for nurses

Supporting our nurses

Nurses have a big job. They help heal patients while also providing comfort and support. They are the face of Legacy Health.

We take great care of our nurses so they can take great care of our patients. We offer our nurses many opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.

Nursing orientation

Every new Legacy Health nurse takes a six-day General Nursing Orientation (GNO). Within GNO, they learn Legacy's philosophies, policies and protocols. Staff nurses and clinical experts lead this class.

GNO includes:

  • A competency assessment class
  • An electronic medical record class
  • Three clinical didactic classes
  • An orientation skills day with equipment competencies, simulation training and an open-computer lab


Every new Legacy Health nurse is assigned to a nurse preceptor who will help them transition into their role. This one-to-one relationship gives new nurses a custom educational experience that meets their clinical practice learning needs. The preceptor also serves as a role model, mentor and resource.

Simulation training

Legacy Health is a leader in simulation training. We have a simulation lab at the Carl Peterson Clinical Education Center within Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. All new nurses take simulation training. Within the lab are three SimMan electronic dummies, a birthing simulator and a child simulator. In the training, new nurses get to experience many different clinical environments and scenarios.

Rapid Response Teams

Every Legacy hospital has a Rapid Response Team (RRT). Each team is available 24 hours a day to help any staff nurse who determines that a patient's condition is deteriorating.

An RRT is a group of critical care specialists. When called, the RRT rushes to the patient and works side-by-side with the nurse and physician to provide treatment. The RRT does not take over for the patient’s doctor or nurse.

Legacy Health's Rapid Response Teams include an ICU nurse, respiratory therapist and resident. Examples where an RRT might be used are for a post-transplant patient whose blood pressure drops, an Emergency Department patient with shallow breathing and low blood pressure, or a surgical patient with breathing problems.