Careers for RN Graduates

The Stamford Hospital GEMS Program

We offer a unique opportunity to RN graduates with less than a year of experience: the Graduate Engaged, Mastering & Succeeding (GEMS) program.

GEMS is a 12-week orientation program specifically designed to provide the extra support and education you need as a new graduate. Here’s how it works:

  • You’re placed with other GEMS nurses so you have a strong support system.
  • The 12-week program begins with two weeks in the classroom and continues with ten weeks of orientation
  • You’ll be assigned to a highly experienced mentor, your primary preceptor, who will help coordinate your orientation and communicate with you frequently.
  • Each week, you’ll join a lunch-and-learn session with a GEMS coordinator who will select a topic. You’ll also reflect on your experiences as a team.

Please note: Every hired GEMS nurse is a full-time paid Stamford Health employee from the date of hire. The hiring nursing units vary with each GEMS class, projected RN openings, and departmental staffing needs

GEMS Program Requirements

The GEMS program is an extremely competitive program. To qualify for participation in the GEMS program, you must:

  • Be a new graduate RN with less than one year of experience
  • Meet minimum education requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN)
  • Be licensed in the State of Connecticut prior to the program start date
  • Have taken and passed NCLEX prior to the program start date
  • Have completed a Transfer Request Form signed by current manager if you are employed by Stamford Health
  • Please note that employees must be in good standing without any disciplinary actions within the past twelve months prior to program start date.

To be qualified for the next GEMS class, you must have passed your NCLEX and have a Connecticut RN license prior to the start date. If you are unable to obtain your CT RN license prior to this timeframe, you will be eligible for the next round of GEMS. We will be having our next GEMS cohort coming up this summer. Please check back in the early spring time to apply if interested. 

You may apply and interview for the GEMS program without having a CT RN license as long as a CT RN license is achieved prior to the program start date.

Read important information on Non-discrimination and Interpreter Services and visit Patients Rights.