EXPLORE Graduate Nursing Program

Through EXPLORE Nursing Program, you'll get the focused attention and tailored learning experiences you need to transition from nursing student to registered nurse with ease and confidence. As an EXPLORE participant, you will:

  • Work closely with a Nurse Preceptor within different departments
  • Broaden your experience in clinical situations
  • Strengthen your patient interactions
  • Sharpen your clinical and decision-making skills

You will have the opportunity to participate in weekly educational events tailored toward the nursing student to registered nurse transition. Additionally, EXPLORE participants have the chance to shadow within departments you are especially interested in to gain on-the-job experience that will enhance your future success and set you apart from traditional graduate nurses. When you near completion of the program, you'll be given top consideration for available positions within Rochester Regional Health.


How EXPLORE works

  • You will complete three rotations within various units over an approximate 6 month period of time
  • During each rotation, you work closely with a Nurse Preceptor to train and practice independently to gain vital experience
  • You get to take part in 1-day shadowing events to explore units of interest
  • You participate in weekly discussions and educational meetings to enhance your learning experience


  • Valid New York State Registered Nurse license
  • No previous experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Flexibility and availability for day, evening and night schedules
  • Interest in rotational assignments within various hospital units
  • Interest in gaining early exposure to Rochester Regional Health leaders

To start your nursing career ahead of your peers, applications are accepted between January 1st and March 31st for the EXPLORE Program. The EXPLORE Program begins annually in August. Please visit our Nurse & Nurse Management jobs page during those times to see the EXPLORE Nursing Program application.

To learn more, please contact us at: 

Email: graduate.nurse@rochesterregional.org