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.
10 to 13 weeks (depending on specialty):
- Initial three week on-boarding, which includes Nursing Orientation, Residency Orientation, Education, and initial unit on-boarding
- Remaining 7 to 10 weeks are structured to allow the majority of time to be spent on the unit of hire, with a trained preceptor
- January 21, 2013
- June 17, 2013
- September 23, 2013
Specialties include, but are not limited to:
- Surgical Services
- Critical Care/Intensive Care/Intermediate Care/Progressive Care
- Emergency Department
- Labor and Delivery
Support for Graduate Nurses is provided by:
- Trained preceptors to guide unit-based orientation
- Networking and sharing experiences with other Graduate Nurses
- Ongoing feedback from unit leadership
- Customized orientation to fit individual needs
Professional Development Education Sessions include:
- Interactive and dynamic content presented by clinical experts
- Simulation and preparation for emergency situations
- Prioritization and organization
- Providing care at the End of Life
- Clinical practice topics such as blood administration, wound care, pain management and much more
- Specialty-specific classes
As one of the largest employers in Austin, St. David’s HealthCare has been recognized for achievements as both an employer and healthcare provider: http://www.stdavids.com/about-us/honors-awards-and-certifications.aspx
What our past residents have said:
- “I felt like I had a lot of support throughout the entire 13 weeks. I also feel like I am a better nurse now than if I had not done this residency.”
- “We grow together and learn from each other.”
- “Class time gave opportunities to meet others, socialization with peers was encouraged.”
- “Made me feel supported.”
- “My preceptor was a wonderful mentor and resource.”
- “I feel like the residency helped me to see the bigger picture of L&D. A lot of the learning on the floor in the beginning is about how we do things at our hospital. We are trying to master the systems and how to care for the basic patients. The classroom time gave us a chance to step back and learn about L&D nursing as a whole and how to care for other types of patients and complications. Also, being together and comparing and sharing experiences was very helpful. We learned from each other and from the opportunity to ask questions about trends and practices we were seeing.”
In addition to the nurse residency, St. David’s HealthCare offers competitive health and retirement benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement and educational and professional opportunities for career succession planning.
In order to participate in the Nurse Residency, you must secure a Graduate Nurse position within St. David’s HealthCare. The application is currently closed, and will re-open mid-July for the September 23rd cohort. It is recommended that applicants review the Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying.
When should you apply? An application for the next cohort will be posted in your last semester of school, approximately 2 to 3 months prior to the start date. There is no specific deadline to apply. The application will close once positions for the next start date have been filled. Do not apply for RN positions within specific units, as those are for RN’s with experience. All applications are reviewed and processed.
Once you have submitted an application:
- Your application will be reviewed by a recruiter.
- Applications that meet qualifications for interview will be forwarded to hiring managers and directors. Hiring needs are dependent upon many factors, including current openings.
- Selected applicants will be contacted for interview.
- Upon interview, please inquire about participation in our Residency.
- For more information about the residency, contact Gena Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 544-0115.
If you have accepted a position in the Nurse Residency:
- Congratulations! Welcome to the Team.
- Your unit and Human Resources department will coordinate your schedule.
- Please be proactive in taking steps to ensure you have a current Texas GN permit or RN license. Visit http://www.bon.texas.gov/ for more information about nursing licensure in Texas.
- You will be contacted by the residency coordinator approximately 2 weeks prior to your orientation day with information about residency classes and requirements.
- If you have questions about the Nurse Residency, you may contact your hiring Director or Manager, Human Resources, or Gena Anderson (Nurse Residency Coordinator).