Frequently Asked Questions

(1) What is The Seton 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 makes The Seton RN Residency unique?

It is a required 12 month, robust, comprehensive approach to support the success of the professional nurse with their transition to the practice environment. This support for success encompasses both professional and personal growth as well as the cultural engagement into the Seton Healthcare Family. The Seton RN Residency has demonstrated superior quality and is separated from other RN residencies by having been successfully reviewed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and awarded accreditation with distinction.

(3) What does Seton's RN Residency provide?

The Seton RN Residency provides:

  • 12 monthly Professional Integration Seminars
  • 18-24 week Preceptorship with experienced RNs
  • Simulation and lab experiences using current professional standards and evidence-based clinical guidelines
  • Reflective Practice Sessions to aid in the development of self-care and resilience
  • Engagement with network leaders

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

Residency cohorts, or groups, are currently started three times each year (February, July, October). An Open House is held approximately 4 months prior to the start of interviews for each cohort. Please visit for more information and online registration. The Open House is an opportunity to meet nursing managers, learn more about the residency and have questions answered about the application process.

(5) What are the requirements for application to The Seton Residency?

New Graduate Nurse From Accredited Nursing School

  • Complete an online application, upload the required documentation and have the required number of references submitted.
  • By cohort start date, will accept Texas GN Permit/Authorization to Test (ATT) with confirmed date of scheduled NCLEX.
  • Will not accept out-of-state GN permit

Registered Nurse

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

  • Complete an online application, upload the required documentation and have the required number of references submitted.
  • Texas RN license
  • Temporary Texas license
  • Compact RN license

(6) What clinical specialties might be open for selection?

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

(7) Are current Seton associates eligible to participate?

The Seton RN Residency is required of all newly licensed professional nurses including current associates. Seton is committed to the success of current associates and proud to help them advance in the network.

(8) Will I be able to track my application status?

Yes, applicants will be able to create their own account and monitor the progress of their application. Applicants will also be able to see the names of people who have submitted references on their behalf.

(9) I have more than one year of RN experience – do I still qualify for the RN Residency?

Unfortunately, you would not qualify. The program is only for GN's and RN's with less than 12 months of experience. If you have more than one year of RN experience, please go to and search for RNII positions to apply to.

(10) If I have completed the RN Residency application and I haven't received the email communication regarding next steps, who do I contact?

Please send an email to the RN Residency Recruiter at

(11) Who may I ask to complete my references?

GNs must submit faculty, RNs may submit faculty and/or professional references

  • Two (2) are required.
  • Three (3) faculty references (GNS only) are required if your GPA is less than 3.0.

(12) Can I review my references?

No, references are confidential. You will be able to see the names of references that have completed a reference form on your behalf.

(13) Does everything have to be submitted online?

Yes. The online application, resume, transcript and references must all be submitted online.

(14) What if I don't have a scanner to scan my documents to submit online?

If you do not have a scanner at home, you can scan your items at places like Kinko's, Office Max, Staples and Office Depot and then save them to a jump drive. The files you attach must be less than 10 MB.
Only file types allowed: doc, docx, pdf.

(15) Can the transcript be unofficial?

Yes, an unofficial transcript is acceptable. The student's name needs to be printed on the transcript by the school, not handwritten by the student. It also needs to state the overall/cumulative GPA.

(16) What is the process after I have submitted a complete application?

Once the complete application is submitted, the RN Residency office reviews the application and supporting documentation. The applicant's information is then forwarded to the Human Resources Office Recruiters. The applicant will receive an email from the Recruiters over the next 2-3 days providing the applicant with important information on the next steps in the process. There is no guarantee that all those completing the application process will receive an interview.

(17) Will I be notified if I get an interview or if I am not accepted?

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the hiring manager, hiring coordinator or department assistant for the unit. You will also be notified by the interviewing team or HR if you have not been accepted for a position.

(18) Do inactive or RNs currently enrolled in a re-entry program qualify to apply to the residency?

No, only those meeting the criteria found in (5) can apply

(19) If I did not receive an offer to be in the current cohort and want to apply for the next cohort, what steps do I need to take?

All returning applicants will need to reapply for the upcoming cohort and will need to have a current RN license. The application, supporting documentation and references, will need to be resubmitted.