Recruitment and Hiring During COVID-19

Stay informed
Click here to find the latest Duke Health updates & full list of FAQs on the novel coronavirus.

Job Candidates
Yes, the DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM remains open and is actively recruiting.  SEARCH JOBS AND APPLY NOW!  These roles will have an immediate impact on our patients, our community and our team members.


What types of roles are you hiring for?
Our largest areas of need during the COVID-19 pandemic are registered nurses, respiratory therapists, lab professionals, certified medical assistants, nursing assistants and a variety of other roles.

Are the positions you are hiring for required to work on campus or in the medical centers or can I work from home?
During the COVID-19 outbreak, telework is highly encouraged for positions with duties that can be accomplished remotely. However, many DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM staff positions require you to be on campus or in our medical centers, our greater community is counting on DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM staff to provide on-site expertise and service.


I don’t have a current clinical license. Are there exemptions for clinical licenses during COVID-19?
The North Carolina Board of Nursing has issued exemptions for retired health care professionals, medical students, medical residents, physician assistant students, and respiratory care practitioner students to obtain temporary authorization to provide health care services. For the full list of requirements, please visit the NCBON.


I’m licensed in another state, but live in or commute to North Carolina. Are there exemptions that would allow me to practice?
The North Carolina Board of Nursing has issued exemptions for health care professionals who are licensed in another state or who do not currently hold an active license to practice in the State of North Carolina. They may be granted temporary authorization to provide health services in the state. For the full list of requirements, please visit NCBON.


I just graduated from nursing school. Can I take advantage of the Board’s recent waiver that exempts RN student graduates from completing NCLEX?
Yes, The North Carolina Board of Nursing has waived NCLEX requirements during this time, allowing nursing students graduating from accredited schools in the month of May or later, to obtain temporary licenses. We welcome these candidates to the Duke Health team as quickly as they are willing and able to join.   SEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR NEW GRAD FLOAT POOL PROGRAM NOW.


I’m a nursing student, how can I help during this time?
With clinical rotations for nursing students impacted during this time, we have a need for nursing students to work as patient care assistants or nursing assistants. This role will provide valuable clinical experience while still earning a nursing degree. Full-time, part-time and supplemental positions are available. SEARCH OPPORTUNITIES NOW.

Are job interviews happening in-person or online?
Your safety and well-being are our top priorities. We are taking every precaution to help keep our patients, their loved ones, and each other safe. In general, first interviews are usually by phone or video conference. We recommend that the social distancing protocols from the North Carolina Department of Health be followed during all on-campus interactions (don’t shake hands, sit 6 feet apart, etc.).


What if I don’t have internet access?
If you don’t have internet access, we are able to complete the interview by phone.

I want to make an impact fast. How long will it take for me to start working?
We have streamlined many of our hiring processes to expedite start dates for new hires. The current timeline from offer acceptance/hire to orientation is approximately 7 to 14 days.


What are you doing to protect team members from COVID-19?
Our first priority is for our team members and patient safety. We are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and best practices for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We have a team in place that is evaluating process and supply updates on a daily basis to ensure the safety of our team members and patients. 
How is Duke managing the supply and availability of PPE equipment to staff?
Our procurement team has done a remarkable job managing and balancing sourcing of critical PPE. We are committed to providing our staff with the tools needed to protect our patients, their loved ones and each other while caring for our patients. We conduct daily reviews and inventory management of our supply chain across the organization including tracking of shipments.


Will nursing staff receive training before working with COVID patients? 
Yes, all nursing staff caring for COVID patients will receive the appropriate training beforehand to keep them safe.

Are all nursing staff expected to work with COVID patients?
With the exception of pre-approved exemptions, all nursing staff is expected to provide care to patients with COVID-19.


What if I don’t feel well on the day of my on-site pre-employment appointment?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses like the flu, including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms please call your doctor before going to any medical facility. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your Hiring Manager or Recruiter to discuss alternative scheduling options.


What steps are you taking to make sure new hires aren’t exposed to COVID-19 before starting work?
We have temporarily transitioned to a virtual orientation for new hires. We have also decreased the number of in-person visits needed to complete pre-employment onboarding steps for new hires.

Where can I learn more about the DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM’s COVID-19 response measures?
The DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM is continually updating a FAQ related to COVID-19.

Hiring Managers
What is the best practice for interviewing during the COVID-19 outbreak?
In order to limit trips to campus, an option for hiring managers is to replace in-person interviews.   All interviews will now be conducted via phone or video over WebEx or Zoom.  Please contact your RECRUITER if you need more guidance.

How do I ensure a new hire’s I-9 is properly processed if my I-9 coordinator is working from home or my new hire will be teleworking?
The I-9 requires that new hires have their documents reviewed in-person so a visit to campus by your department’s I-9 onboarding coordinator and the new employee is required. Please contact your ONBOARDING COORDINATOR if you have questions or issues related to the I-9 policy.

Are new employee orientations available during COVID-19?
DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM new employee orientations will continue to take place as scheduled.

The in-person Day One at Duke event for new Duke Health employees is on hiatus during the COVID-19 outbreak and replaced with a series of virtual learning sessions for you to receive all of the information you need to know as a new Duke Health employee. Details about virtual learning sessions will be available to you through our Learning Management System within your first two weeks of employment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM employees must complete their online BENEFITS SELECTION within 30 days of their start date/benefits eligibility date.