Frequently Asked Questions

Seton’s RN Residency

(1) What is Seton’s RN Residency?

The Seton RN Residency is a robust evidence-based program based on Duchscher’s Transition Stages model and designed for newly licensed RNs to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Successfully bridge the academic preparation to clinical practice gap through use of evidence to support person-centered, human-care outcomes (Accepting, Recovering).
  • Exemplify the mission and values of Ascension Health and local ministry in providing safe, competent, relationship-based, person-centered, human care (Separating, Accepting).
  • Facilitate collegial change through evidence based practice and informatics within the Ascension Health System and local ministry (Exploring, Critiquing).
  • Value practice as a nursing professional in a faith based, not-for-profit health care organization that provides person-centric, relationship-based care throughout the lifespan and health continuum (Accepting, Separating).

(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 experienced 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. These are offered 3 times per year, February, June and October. See for more information.

A RN Residency Open House is held each time prior to the start of interviews and before each cohort. Visit for more information including dates and online registration.

(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, 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

(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?

Begin your RN Resident Application

(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) 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.

(13) 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.

(14) 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

(15) My reference is having trouble accessing the link to complete the reference form. Can it be emailed or faxed?

The reference form must be submitted online via the link the applicant provides the reference. The Seton RN Residency office does not accept references via fax, hand-delivery or US Postal mail.

(16) 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.

(17) 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.

(18) Does everything have to be submitted online?

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

(19) 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.

(20) 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.

(21) I’m not able to upload my transcript. Can I fax a copy?

The unofficial transcript is one of the required documents which is uploaded with the application. It may not be faxed to the RN Residency office.

(22) 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.

(23) When can I expect to hear back regarding an interview?

Once your application has been routed, it is at the Hiring Manager’s discretion who they contact for an interview. We cannot guarantee that all applicants who complete the application process will receive an interview.

(24) Is it possible to find out who my application has been routed to at this time?

You will be able to log in and check the status of your Seton Employment application. Our offices do not provide applicants with the contact information for our employees.

(25) 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.

(26) I have been an inactive RN for a few years in Austin and am currently enrolled in ACC’s RN re-entry course. I am curious if the RN residency program would be an option in helping me return to active clinical nursing.

Inactive RN's do not qualify for the Residency.

(27) 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.

(28) Can you tell me what units will be hiring for the next cohort?

Our forecast is based on departmental resources and budgets. We cannot predict what units will be hiring for future cohorts.

For additional assistance, please visit or contact the RN Residency office at