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Seton’s RN Residency

(1) What is Seton’s RN Residency?

The Seton RN Residency is a robust, evidence based residency designed for new graduate nurses to reach the following goals:

  • Successfully bridge the academic preparation to clinical practice gap
  • Become a confident and competent professional nurse.
  • Achieve the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for safe, quality care.
  • Transition to a nursing professional in a faith based, not -for-profit health care organization that provides person centric service throughout the care continuum.

(2) What motivated Seton to introduce the RN Residency?

While graduate medical education for physicians is standardized under the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, there are no universally-accepted standards for hospitals to follow to help recent nursing graduates transition from school into the workforce. As such, methods to train newly licensed nurses vary significantly from hospital to hospital. By integrating the RN Residency into Seton’s education structure, Seton introduces a customized, proven program with measurable results into Central Texas’ health care industry.

(3) How is Seton’s RN Residency different from typical internships or “homegrown” residency programs?

Seton’s RN Residency is an evidence-based, using best practices to address the role adaption and transition shock common to newly licensed nurses. RN residents are supported by a network of senior nurses who act as coaches, preceptors, and facilitators.

Another distinction of Seton’s RN Residency is a rigorous approach to the standardization of care and clinical processes. Within institutions that develop homegrown nursing education programs, variances in clinical procedures and delivery of patient care are quite common. Seton’s RN Residency is standardized across all Seton hospitals to ensure that best practices are in place.

(4) What does Seton’s RN Residency offer?

Seton’s RN Residency offers:

  • Instructor-led courses featuring current and emerging clinical guidelines and standards
  • Clinical Skills are supported through skills labs incorporating simulation and interprofessional training

One of the greatest strengths of Seton’s RN Residency is that after just 18 weeks, participants will achieve the same competence and self-assurance of a nurse who has been in practice for 18 months.

(5) How often will Seton offer the RN Residency?

Currently, there are three different sessions called cohorts scheduled. These are offered 3 times per year. See Seton.net for more information.

An open house is held prior to interviews before each cohort. Visit Seton.net for more information.

(6) What are some of the benefits of participating in Seton’s RN Residency?

Through Seton’s RN Residency, participants receive hands-on unit experience supplemented by classroom training, labs and simulations. In addition, to ensure that participants are equipped to provide the best patient care, they’ll receive guidance through:

  • Preceptors who help validate participants’ performance and ensure clinical competence.
  • Regularly scheduled support meetings among class members to allow a sharing of experiences that help facilitate the transition from classroom into practice.

(7) What are the requirements to take part in Seton’s RN Residency?

New Graduate Nurse From Accredited Nursing School

  • Complete an online application
  • Must have Texas GN permit/Authorization to Test (ATT) one week prior to start date
  • Will not accept out-of-state GN permit

Registered Nurse

Less than 1 year of full time RN experience (less than 2080 hours) by start date.


  • Complete an online application
  • Texas RN license
  • Temporary Texas license
  • Compact RN license

(8) Will participants need to choose a specialty to be in Seton’s RN Residency?

Yes, Seton will be offering the following Residency specialties for focused training, depending on the time of year a student enters the program:

  • Acute Care (Med/Surg)
    • Cardiology/Telemetry
    • Medical/Surgical
    • Orthopedics
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Renal
    • Pulmonary
    • Trauma Surgical Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency
  • NICU
  • Pediatric
  • Perinatal
  • Peri-operative

(9) How do I apply?

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(10) Are current Seton associates eligible to participate?

Yes, Seton is especially interested in helping current associates remain with the Seton Healthcare Family. Those who are interested in the program and who fall into this category will need to complete the application process.

(11) How does Seton’s RN Residency benefit patients?

Seton’s RN Residency bridges the challenging transition from nursing student to nursing professional. Facilities that have participated in the RN Residency have seen a dramatic reduction in their first and second year new graduate turnover rates. The residency specializes in providing a systematic approach to support, develop, educate, and recognize those who enter the highly demanding nursing profession. While the educational aspects of this program are important, of equal importance are the qualitative and supportive aspects.

(12) How do I get more information?

Visit http://www.seton.net/employment/nursing/


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