It is exciting to welcome nurses new to Seton through our Nursing Education core orientation program and always gratifying to watch them discover that they have come to a place where nurses are respected and have the autonomy to practice excellent evidence-based nursing care.
In partnership with Seton Leadership, Nursing Education promotes excellence in nursing practice in today’s complex health care environment by supporting the development of competent providers and managers of patient care.
Our goal is to help you plan your career pathway and give you the resources to achieve your professional goals.
Yvonne VanDyke, RN, MSN, is the VP of Nursing Education and Professional Development and the Administrator for the Clinical Education Center for the Seton Family of Hospitals. Yvonne was previously the Executive Dean of Health Sciences at Austin Community College where she was responsible for 15 health career programs. She also served as a professor of vocational nursing and department chair for many years at ACC.
Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge
The Clinical Education Center (CEC) is a unique interdisciplinary education center that offers an exceptional community context-based learning environment. The Center has flexible classroom spaces equipped with built-in multimedia technology, a state-of-the-art medical and surgical simulation center, facilities for teaching patient provider communication, clinical areas set up as skills labs for health professionals, a computer lab and a learning resources area.
The CEC provides an excellent environment for orienting new nurses and for other nursing and interdisciplinary professional development activities. The classroom and lab components of Seton’s RN Residency Program are offered at the center.
Seton’s RN Residency for Graduate and Newly Licensed RNs
Graduate and newly licensed nurses hired by Seton Healthcare Family are provided an evidenced based clinical, professional and personal support system that helps new nurses transition from student to confident nursing professional.
Seton’s RN Residency includes:
- Instructor-led courses featuring current and emerging clinical guidelines and standards
- Clinical preceptors who provide personalized bedside training
- Mentors who provide personal support and career development guidance
- Debriefing sessions that offer a forum for exchange between Residents
After just 18 weeks, you will achieve the same competence and self-assurance of a nurse who has been in practice for 18 months. Read more.
Network Nursing Orientation – Designed for the Experienced Nurse
Seton Family of Hospitals is the largest – and still growing – hospital system in Central Texas, and our scope can be both inspiring and a little overwhelming. To help you feel comfortable and excited about your future with Seton, we provide a detailed orientation to introduce you to our many resources and help you understand the importance of your role to the team, a safe work environment and, most of all, our patients. You’ll start work on a Monday, attend New Associate Experience and then join your new family for clinical orientation.
Your orientation is individualized to help you understand Seton’s standards for care, quality and safety, your role and responsibilities, and how you interrelate with others on the team.
After Network Nursing Orientation, including a demonstration of your competency in medication conversions and calculations, you’ll be oriented to both your unit and specialty. You’ll be assigned a Primary Preceptor who will serve as guide through the process. Additional unit-based preceptors also will assist you through clinical orientation, focusing on competence, patient care content and unit culture.
Combined Specialty Orientation – A Continuation of Nursing Orientation for Acute Care, Critical Care and Emergency Room Nurses
Seton's Combined Specialty Orientation is a collaborative nursing education effort, combining the specialties of Acute Care, Critical Care and Emergency Services. Competencies essential to all three specialties are presented primarily through simulation at the Clinical Education Center. During your orientation, you will be able to get to know nurses from other specialties and sites as you learn how Seton is different from other work environments.
The Nursing Preceptor Program at Seton supports orientation of new staff to Seton. The preceptor plays a significant role in the competency development and job satisfaction of a new staff member.
Nursing Preceptors are trained in Benner's Novice to Expert Theory of skill acquisition as well as principles of adult learning. They address strategies to promote critical thinking, manage conflict, and give and receive feedback.
Seton offers preceptor workshops several times a year to new and experienced preceptors alike.
Continuing Nursing Education
Seton is accredited by the Texas Nurses Association as a provider of contact hours for continuing education programs. Contact hour workshops are offered each year covering a variety of topics that relate to clinical practice as well as professional and managerial issues. Other educational opportunities and resources available across the network include computer-assisted instruction, self-instructional programs, and a library.
Seton supports lifelong learning and encourages employees to seek advanced education through academic programs to enhance their skills and further Seton’s mission.
Nurses are encouraged to participate on committees that address issues such as the structure of nursing at the Clinic, quality management/continuous quality improvement, continuity of care and case management. Active membership in professional nursing organizations is also encouraged.
Nursing Leadership Academy (NLA)
The Advisory Board Company provides national-standard educational resources to support the leadership development needs of Academy member hospital unit leaders. Seton leaders have access to classroom and independent study modules focused on skills and topics that are important to success in a nursing leadership role. Through collaboration with the NLA, our nurse leaders have the opportunity to participate in courses offered across the country via the web and in person.
To encourage all associates’ professional development, Seton offers $3,000 in tuition reimbursement per fiscal year. Tuition reimbursement assists employees in obtaining education or training required for their positions, and to support associate advancement. Reimbursement covers tuition, fees and books related to the education or training at an accredited institution.
Seton will pay for many clinical and non-clinical certifications, including the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) review course; certifications that are not required by an individual’s profession, but are required for that associate to hold his or her current job at those that are not required, but are preferred, for the position that the associate holds at Seton. Examples would include CCRN and SPHR. Also, as recognition for our associates who take on the challenge of preferred certifications, a one time $500 recognition award will be given the first time each preferred certification is passed.
The Nursing Clinical Ladder provides a framework for the promotion and recognition of excellence in nursing practice. The Ladder:
- Recognizes and rewards professional nurses who choose to develop excellence in direct patient care roles
- Fosters professional growth and satisfaction for nursing personnel
- Promotes recruitment and retention of nursing personnel
- Encourages nursing and research with other nurses, disciplines and institutions
- Improves the quality of patient/family care in the Seton Family of Hospitals