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St.David's RN Resident

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At St. David's HealthCare, we understand the challenges that a new nurse faces. Our evidence-based program includes blended learning, ongoing support, and trained preceptors to guide you.

Immersion Residency: Dates and Details

10 to 13 weeks (depending on specialty):

  • Initial three week on-boarding, including Nursing Orientation, Immersion Orientation, education, and initial unit on-boarding
  • Remaining 7 to 10 weeks structured to allow the majority of time to be spent on the unit of hire, with a trained preceptor
  • Specialty education with clinical experts as well as general clinical development

Cohort Start Dates:

  • Spring
    • February
  • Summer
    • June
    • July
  • Fall
    • October

Specialties include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical/Surgical
  • Critical Care (Intensive Care, Progressive Care and Intermediate Care)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Emergency
  • Oncology
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Bone Marrow/Transplant
  • Postpartum
  • Neurology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Telemetry
  • Surgical Services

In order to participate in the Immersion Residency you must secure an RN Resident position within St. David's HealthCare.

Beyond Immersion Residency:

After the Immersion Residency, the RN Resident will transition to independent practice. For the duration of their first year of practice, the RN resident will:

SNAP Fellowship

The Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program (SNAP) at St. David's HealthCare is an elite training program designed to rapidly advance the careers of new nurses, as well as those seeking to move into another specialty.

Learn More about SNAP

Please review our FAQs prior to applying.


  • Be paired with a trained mentor
  • Attend seminars monthly for the remainder of the year to help guide their professional development needs
  • Complete an evidence-based capstone project on their unit


Can I apply to an open RN position on a particular unit?

No; Registered Nurses with less than 1 year of experience should apply only to "RN Resident" positions.

Who do I address my cover letter to?

Address cover letters to 'Nurse Recruiter'. Please ensure that the cover letter is geared toward St. David’s Healthcare and not another organization.

Who do I send my letters of reference to? 

Letters of reference are not required to apply for a position. Should you choose to include references, you may upload as an attachment during the application process. You may also bring references to your face to face interview with the department.

I have applied to an RN Resident position, what happens now and when will I hear from someone?

Once you have submitted an online application, you will receive an email notification saying that the application was submitted. Please give your application time to be reviewed and processed. You will hear from a Recruiter should your background and experience be a match for our current openings. Turnaround time for a response is usually 3 business days.

When is the application deadline for the Immersion Residency?

There is no deadline, however it is highly recommended to apply as soon as the positions open. Positions typically open two months following the previous cohort start date. For example, if you intend to start in January, positions will typically open in October (following the September group). Positions may continue to open and close until all positions are filled.

Do you accept out of state applicants?

Yes! St. David’s accepts qualified RN Residents from out of state who are serious in a position and plan to move to the Austin area prior to the cohort date.

If you are actively in the process of relocating to the area please indicate that upon applying. It’s a good idea to visit the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners website, as well as your own state Board of Nursing for information on obtaining Texas licensure. This process can delay your start date if not completed appropriately so please think ahead.

What specialties/departments are hiring?

This can vary depending on vacancies at the time of each cohort. The information above lists specialties that have hired RN Residents for past cohorts.

What if I don’t see a specialty/department that I am interested in?

Not all departments accept RN Residents for every cohort. The positions are very competitive. We encourage you to apply for your 1st and 2nd choice. It is a good idea to check back to the website for the most up to date list of open positions.

The application asks if I have graduated. I am still in school and intend to graduate prior to the program start date. How do I answer this question?

You may answer it 'NO'. We are well aware you intend to graduate. You should apply in your last semester of school, and scheduled to graduate prior to the program start date.

How long is the commitment to St. David’s?

St. David's invests a significant amount of time and resources in each RN Resident. We do expect a commitment from each RN Resident that is accepted into the program. The commitment time periods and details will be covered by your Recruiter.

How do I apply?

All open RN Resident positions will be titled with “RN Resident”. Please do not apply to other RN positions. These are for experienced nurses with at least one year of experience.


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