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.

Nurse Residency Program

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.

Dates & Details

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

Start Dates:

  • January 26, 2015
  • February 9, 2015
  • June 15, 2015
  • July 13, 2015
  • September 28, 2015

Specialties include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical/Surgical
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Surgical Services
  • Critical Care/Intensive Care/Intermediate Care/Progressive Care 
  • Emergency Department
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Oncology

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

Why St. David's HealthCare?

As one of the largest employers in Austin, St. David’s HealthCare has been recognized for achievements as both an employer and healthcare provider: Honors, Awards and Certifications.

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.

How to Apply

The application for Summer 2014 cohorts is now closed.

The applications for Fall/Winter 2014 is now open.

In order to participate in the Nurse Residency, you must secure a Graduate Nurse position within St. David’s HealthCare. Please review our FAQs prior to applying.

Please indicate in your cover letter or objective your choices in order of your preference. Please provide as much detail as possible.

If you click on the hospital below and you receive this error message “the position is no longer available” at this time that facility is not accepting new graduate applications. It will open when a position becomes available.

Please click and apply to ONLY three positions to be considered.

Please do not apply to other RN requisitions. Those are for RNs with at least 6 months experience as a RN.

What is the Next Step?

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 (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 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).