Officials with the Seton Healthcare Family estimate that 2,000 additional nurses will be needed over the next 15 years; however, the ongoing nursing shortage in Central Texas presents an obstacle. To help overcome this challenge, Seton introduced a nationally proven RN Residency Program.
Since September 2007, graduates and newly licensed registered nurses who are hired at Seton Healthcare Family participate in Seton's RN Residency to help bridge the practice gap from academia to the clinical area.
Seton's RN Residency consists of 25 percent classroom instruction and 75 percent hands-on training at the bedside throughout the Seton Family of Hospitals. It features instructor-led courses on current and emerging clinical guidelines and standards; clinical supervisors who provide personalized bedside training; mentors who offer personal support and career development guidance; and, debriefing sessions that create a forum for exchange among residents. The RN Residency also incorporates state-of-the-art clinical simulation in skills based instruction.
Carefully designed to balance content and clinical experience, our program coaches new graduates in critical-thinking skills and clinical practice to increase competence and confidence. Our RN Residency also helps prepare the new graduate nurse for workplace relationships and interprofessional collaboration in a variety of nursing specialty areas. Specialty tracks include Acute Care (Medical/Surgical), Behavioral Health, Critical Care, Emergency, Neonatal, Pediatric, Perinatal and Perioperative nursing.
Over 1119 new graduate nurses have participated in Seton's RN Residency since its inception. The residency is offered three times a year. Graduating nursing students and new nurses who have been licensed within the last year are eligible to apply. To participate in the RN Residency, nurses must be hired as a Seton associate.
For more information please visit http://www.seton.net/employment/nursing/rn_residency/.