Immersion Residency Overview

At St. David's HealthCare, we understand the challenges that a new nurse faces. Our evidence-based program includes blended learning, ongoing support, and trained preceptors to guide you.

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Immersion Residency: Dates and Details

10 to 13 weeks (depending on specialty):

  • Initial three week on-boarding, including Nursing Orientation, Immersion Orientation, education, and initial unit on-boarding
  • Remaining 7 to 10 weeks structured to allow the majority of time to be spent on the unit of hire, with a trained preceptor
  • Specialty education with clinical experts as well as general clinical development

Start Dates:

  • Spring 2017:
    • January 23
    • February 13
  • Summer 2017:
    • June 19
    • July 10
  • Fall 2017:
    • September 25

Specialties include, but are not limited to:

Medical/SurgicalCritical Care (ICU/IMC/PCU)RehabilitationEmergencyOncologyLabor and DeliveryBone Marrow TransplantPostpartumNeurologyNeonatal Intensive CareOrthopedicsPediatricsTelemetrySurgical ServicesHow to Apply In order to participate in the Immersion Residency, you must secure a Graduate Nurse position within St. David's HealthCare. Please review our FAQs prior to applying.


No, all nurses with 6 months or less need to apply to "Graduate Nurse" positions that are currently open for that time-frame.
Please address cover letters to 'Nurse Recruiter'. Please ensure that the cover letter does not contain the name of another hospital or organization.
Letters of reference are not required upon applying. They may be brought to an interview or requested during the hiring process. Address them to "Hiring Manager/Director".
No, our Immersion Residency is structured to provide 36-40 hours per week of training (including unit-based and classroom hours). The positions are "PRN" because you are in the initial training program. Once the Immersion Residency is completed successfully you will officially transition into a full-time position.
Be aware that we receive many applications, and they are thoroughly screened. Give your application time to be processed before attempting to contact a Recruiter. If you are identified as a potential fit for any of our openings you will be contacted by a Recruiter or Manager/Director for an interview.
The application may be closed when enough applications have been received, typically 1-2 months prior to the program start date. It is highly recommended to apply as soon as the application opens for the cohort you are intending to join. Applications typically open the month following the previous cohort start date. For example, if you intend to start in January, positions will typically open in October (following the September group). Positions may continue to open and close until December as they become available.
No, there is no application process for the residency in particular. Please inquire about participation in the residency upon interview. All New Graduate Nurses within St. David's HealthCare participate in the program.
This is considered on a case by case basis. We do accept qualified New Graduate Nurses from out of state who are actively moving to the Austin area. Be aware that we receive many qualified applicants from within the state. If you are actively in the process of relocating to the area please indicate that upon applying. Visit the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners website, as well as your own state Board of Nursing for information on obtaining Texas licensure as soon as possible, as this process can delay your start date if not completed appropriately.
This can vary depending on vacancies at the time of application. Our website lists specialties that have hired GNs. You are encouraged to check back periodically if you do not see a position of interest at this time.
You may answer it 'no'. We are well aware you intend to graduate. You should be applying in your last semester of school, and scheduled to graduate prior to the program start date.
St. David's invests a significant amount of time and resources in each GN. We suggest you discuss commitment with your director and manager. Most units expect a commitment, although length of commitment may vary.

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Choose the facility you are most interested in.

Each of our facilities/units will post positions for Graduate Registered Nurses if they are hiring GNs. Positions open to GNs at each facility will have “Graduate Registered Nurse” in the title.

Please do not apply to other RN requisitions. Those are for RNs with at least 6 months experience as a RN.

SNAP Fellowship

The Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program (SNAP) at St. David's HealthCare is an elite training program designed to rapidly advance the careers of new nurses, as well as those seeking to move into another specialty. This is a great succession step once a nurse has completed the Immersion Residency.

Learn More about SNAP

What is the Next Step?

Once you have submitted an application:

  • Your application will be reviewed by a recruiter.
  • Applications that meet qualifications for interview will be forwarded to hiring managers and directors. Hiring needs are dependent upon many factors, including current openings.
  • Selected applicants will be contacted for interview.
  • Upon interview, please inquire about participation in our Residency.
  • For more information about the Immersion Residency, contact Kelly Easley at

If you have accepted a position in the Immersion Residency:

  • Congratulations! Welcome to the Team.
  • Your unit and Human Resources department will coordinate your schedule.
  • Please be proactive in taking steps to ensure you have a current Texas GN permit or RN license. Visit for more information about nursing licensure in Texas.
  • You will be contacted by the residency coordinator approximately 2 weeks prior to your orientation day with information about residency classes and requirements.
  • If you have questions about the Nurse Immersion Residency, you may contact your hiring Director or Manager, Human Resources, or Kelly Easley (Nurse Residency Coordinator).