St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Graduate Nurses

Nurse Residency Overview

At St. David’s HealthCare, we understand the challenges that new nurses face. The Nurse Residency is an on-boarding program for new RN’s that is utilized to efficiently and effectively orient the new RN to bedside nursing practice at St. David’s HealthCare. The residency is offered three times per year in the spring, summer, and fall. This evidence based program is supported by the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing recommendation to implement nurse residency programs, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Benner’s Novice to Expert Continuum, Bloom’s Cognitive Domains, and other current literature. This program has been very successful in easing the transition from student to professional nurse.

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Critical Care/ED Series

The Academy for Clinical Excellence's Critical Care/ED Series is designed to provide the new critical care or ED nurse with the knowledge and skill for care of the critically ill patient. Each of the day-long sessions is a separate class, and nursing CE certificates will be awarded at the end of each session. No prerequisites required. Limited space available. 6.5 CEs provided per class. No fee.

Courses Include: Essentials of Dysrhythmias, Cardiac, Pulmonary, GI/Renal/Endocrine & Code, ED Series, Hemodynamics & Shock, Neuro & TOSA

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The SNAP Fellowship: deeper knowledge, faster track

The transition from new nurse to professional nurse is challenging. The Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program (SNAP) at St. David’s HealthCare is an elite training program designed to rapidly advance the careers of graduate nurses, as well as those seeking to move into another specialty. St. David’s HealthCare offers a variety of SNAP Fellowship options, to address the different specialized areas of nursing care. The fellowship occurs after the Immersion Residency (orientation). It is a 6 month program with a series of educational and clinical experiences developed to help nurses excel as they transition into a specialty nursing practice. The fellowship incorporates specialty curriculum, classes and clinicals, professional growth, evidence based practices, and interdisciplinary collaborations. This unique fellowship promotes and develops evidence-based best practices in nursing specialty areas including:

  • Emergency Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Neurological Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Labor and Delivery Nursing

For details, visit SNAP: Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program; or contact Karen Jeffries, RN, MS, Clinical Educator/SNAP Fellowship Coordinator, at (512) 544-0100.