Frequently Asked Questions

I'm currently in school, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you are eligible for graduation before the next cohort start date.

Can I begin the Nurse Residency Program if I do not have my RN licensure?

You must have your RN licensure by the start date of the program.

Am I eligible for or expected to work overtime while in the program?

No, you are not eligible to work overtime or holidays while in the initial 12 weeks of orientation for the Nurse Residency Program.

Is the position full time?

Yes, you will be scheduled full-time hours while in the Nurse Residency Program. These positions are benefits eligible.

I can rotate through different units, but can I rotate through different tracks?

You will rotate through different departments in your designated track only.

How is my home unit decided?

Your home unit will be established based on collaboration among your liaison, preceptors, managers, directors and YOU!

What is the interview process?

Due to the high level of interest in our Residency Program, our interview process is multi-faceted and designed to give graduate nurses opportunity to showcase their interest through submitted protocols as well as on-site, and virtual interactions. Applications will be processed until cohort deadline is reached to allow each candidate equal opportunity to apply in the allotted time. Graduate nurses will submit a short essay and few additional items as a part of the process to help us better understand skills and goals. Graduate nurses will also have the opportunity to attend webinars and on-site events to get to know more about our residency program as well as who we are as a ministry and an organization.

What if I am invited to attend Showcase but I am unable to attend? Will I still be considered for a position in the residency program?

Yes. You will still be considered for a position within our program.

What do I need to do if I am a Nurse Intern or current Saint Thomas associate? Do I still need to apply?

Yes. Nurse externs must submit an interest form via this website. In addition, please speak to your manager about your interest in the program. A member of the Nurse Residency Team will contact you regarding next steps.

How long is the program?

The initial orientation period is 12 weeks then you move to your home department. Participants in specialty areas may have an extended orientation period which is based on individual experience and need. The total length of the program is 2 years to allow for workshops, educational events, and ongoing support as you begin your career in nursing.

What if there is not an open position in the track that I really want?

Through a joint effort between the participant, Nurse Residency Program, Nursing Leadership, and Human Resources, we are committed to working with you to develop a structured career path to help you reach your career goals.

Additional Questions

Email us at SaintThomasNurseResidency@ascension.org

“View rotations as opportunities to learn in multiple fields and build relationships with staff members and experienced preceptors.”

– Brittney, MSN, RN, Nurse Residency Program Coordinator/ Liaison

“You gotta squeeze in some fun with your coworkers. Sometimes we do potlucks to get together and we sit back and enjoy the company that we have.”

– Victor, BSN

“My team is fabulous. I’d rather have a bad day with my team than a good day with strangers.”

– Samantha, BSN, TeamLead