RN - New Grad Apprentice

Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Cedar Rapids is seeking RN students graduating in December 2022 to join our upcoming New Grad Apprentice program in February 2023!

About Mercy's New Grad Apprentice Program:

This unique 10-week program is designed for the newly graduated RN, who has not yet passed the NCLEX.  The New Grad Apprentice Program is designed to jump-start your nursing career and training, all while allowing ample time for studying for boards.  Enjoy a higher rate of pay with a limit of 24-hours/ week as a nurse apprentice. During this time (since you do not yet hold a license) you may attend all mandatory and department specific training, while gradually learning the routines of the unit you have chosen to begin your nursing career. This short but guided timeline gives you the opportunity to transition directly into our Nurse Residency Program as a fully licensed, Registered Nurse. Let us help you begin your nursing journey!

  • Attend 6 Simulations providing hands on experience
  • Classroom education to enhance skills in critical thinking
  • Dedicated educators in ED, Cardiac-Stroke, OB, ICU and Med Surgical areas.
  • Computer training


As a New Grad Apprentice (NGA), you will earn $19.13 per hour and work part-time while in the NGA program. Once you have obtained your RN license, your hourly wage will increase to $27.33 and you will be scheduled full-time (or otherwise, as agreed upon at hire).

 Signing bonuses are offered once RN licensure is obtained!

  • $20,000 - Critical Care & Emergency Department
  • $15,000 - Acute Inpatient, Hospital Ambulatory/Surgical Services & Post-Acute
  • $5,000 - Pain Management

 Mercy's full benefit package is offered the first of the month following start date, which includes medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, as well as retirement (403b) with matching contributions.

 Job Duties/Essential Functions

  • Ensures that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand-offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome.
  • Completes required training and weekly training documentation.
  • Provide safe and effective patient care under the supervision of the licensed nurse by performing tasks and support functions as delegated by the department.
  • Observe and communicate to the licensed nurse any changes in patient condition and pertinent information regarding the needs of the patient and/or significant others.
  • Demonstrate effective and age appropriate communication as well as the ability to understand the needs of the patient including non-verbal communication, fears, anxieties and language/cultural barriers.
  • Maintains accurate and real time documentation of patient care provided.
  • Assures patient privacy by knocking on doors, closing curtains and protecting patient information.
  • Responds within scope of practice to emergencies and life-threatening conditions.
  • Demonstrates support for changes in practice designed to improve performance.
  • Organize and prioritize daily work, taking into account the needs of the patients, families, and other health care workers.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of patient rooms and department work areas.
  • Assist in identifying quality improvement opportunities and demonstrate support for changes in practice designed to improve performance.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, identify needs for changes in priorities and takes the initiative to recommend and implement changes in concert with their supervisor.


Education sufficient to obtain Iowa RN licensure within 10 weeks. Must pass boards within 10 weeks of start date or will be transferred to a Patient Care Tech position until licensure can be secured.

 Licensure, Certification, Registration

  • Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
  • Iowa Dependent Adult Abuse & Iowa Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter training required. Employee must submit certification of completed training to Human Resources prior to start or transfer date.

Location: Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids · Human Resources
Schedule: Part Time, Variable/Rotating Shifts, Multiple openings for NGAs

Job ID: 83418

Posted 10 days ago

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