Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, as long as you are eligible for graduation within the next 2 semesters.

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 14 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?

Once you submit your resume or application you will go through one or two phone interviews. If chosen, you will then receive an invitation to come to our Saint Thomas Showcase to meet face to face with our leaders and have the opportunity to interact with associates. After the event day, our nursing leadership will extend offers. We believe that choosing new associates is a mutual process, as it is the beginning of a career/professional relationship. It is important that you spend enough time with us to choose us, Saint Thomas Health, and your specific experience within Saint Thomas Health. In addition, our nursing leadership must choose you as the right fit for our organization’s needs as well as our mission and values. We believe that this mutual partnership sets both parties up for success on our professional journey together as a team.

What do I need to do if I am a Nurse Extern? Do I still need to apply?

Nurse Externs do not need to apply unless directed to do so by their manager or director. Please speak to your manager or director about the Nurse Residency Program and your next steps.

How long is the program?

The initial orientation period is 14 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 beginning a structured career planning process during your first 14 weeks of employment.

“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