HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program at St. Elizabeth's Hospital


St. Elizabeth’s began this innovative program for new graduate Registered Nurses in 2006. The 18-week Residency provides additional education for candidates staff positions at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, HSHS Holy Family Hospital, HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital - Breese, and HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital - Highland after the residency is complete. RN Residents are hired as a full-time employee. Upon successful completion of this paid RN residency, the participant will be prepared to work as a full-time, independent professional RN.

Our Residency differentiates HSHS Southern Illinois Division as a leading choice for RN graduates. It provides evidence-based practice in nursing. A new graduate RN transitions from the residency program to their department after the program with a competence of a RN with one and a half years of experience.  In the years of its existence, the overall goal of reducing RN turnover and increasing RN retention has been achieved.

Information for the new graduate RN

There are many variables to consider when choosing a Residency - some programs are longer than others, some pay more than others and many do not offer sufficient guided clinical time or a formal mentor and debriefing program for your first year as a new graduate nurse. Ultimately, many programs do not meet the needs of new graduate nurses. Is it any wonder that first-year nurse turnover rates are between 35% and 60% nationwide?

How to apply:

Download Application Process and Materials and Clinical Instructor Evaluation Form 2017

The HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program includes:

One-to-One Preceptors: Your preceptors are experienced, unit-based RNs who work one-to-one with you to provide challenging patient care experiences. Additionally, preceptors teach technical skills, share clinical knowledge, and help residents develop clinical decision making skills. RN residents experience over 400 hours of one-to-one preceptor time.

Classroom and Skills Lab Education: RN Residents benefit from over 150 hours of classroom and skills lab education, developed and taught by highly qualified nurses and other healthcare specialists. This valuable education and training provide the knowledge and experience necessary for you to make the successful transition from new graduate nurse to a professional RN.

Caring and Committed Mentors: Your mentors are experienced RN professionals who will support you and help you navigate the complexities of nursing. Your mentor is not your preceptor or your manager, but a no evaluative, supportive RN on staff at your hospital. Residents find that having a mentor enhances their critical thinking and communication skills, helps them build confidence and self-esteem, and encourages self-evaluation, independent thinking, emotional maturity, and conflict resolution.

What is HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program?

This Residency is offered for both new RN Graduates and a Refresher to RNs who may have been out of the workforce for a period of time. Click the links below to go to our Careers page for more information and to apply:

Additionally, for more information interested candidates may contact:

Regina PetersonRegina F. Peterson, MSN, RN
Manager, Hospital & Colleague Education/RN Residency
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital