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Nurse Residency Program

For new grad nurses: if you want to make a difference in children’s lives, impact the nursing profession, and contribute to the future of research, apply to join our team!

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The Nurse Residency Program (NRP) at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital provides new grad nurses the opportunity to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse (PON) at St. Jude.

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Nurse Residency Program Overview

The St. Jude Nurse Residency Program is an accredited Practice Transition Program (PTAP) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This means:

  • our program meets standards set on the quality of our residency program content,
  • the program is led by knowledgeable and experienced faculty, 
  • the program’s roots are in evidence-based practice, and 
  • patient care and outcomes have improved.

We hire nurse residents twice a year who enter a cohort based on their hire date. Our unique model allows new grads to join the NRP before they are licensed. To ensure licensure success, we provide extensive NCLEX support, including study materials, test preparation, and a designated week with independent study time, simulation and gaming.

The NRP lasts 10 months and offers nurse residents a supportive, clinical skills-based curriculum to kickstart their professional development. During the first several weeks of the program, nurse residents rotate through each of our patient care areas: inpatient, outpatient, surgical services and ICU. This exposes the nurse residents to the continuum of care at St. Jude, builds relationships across the organization, and allows residents to see all the potential nursing opportunities. The program culminates with Match Day, when residents are matched to a unit in the hospital where they will begin nursing orientation with their new team.

Apply for the Nurse Residency Program

Eligibility

  • Graduation from an accredited school of nursing with a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BS or BSN) required; and, 
  • New graduates must pass the NCLEX within 90 days of hire and must obtain a Tennessee license, or the state of primary residency if the state is a Nurse Licensure Compact state. To find out about participating compact states, visit www.ncsbn.org.
Group of nurse residents posing outside
 
 

Nurse Residency Program Match Day

After the clinical rotation, nurse residents are matched to one of the following units at the Nurse Resident Match Day ceremony:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Hematology
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Intermediate Care Unit
  • Oncology
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Infusion Center and Acute Care Clinic
  • Surgical Services

Following Match Day, each nurse resident begins their individualized clinical orientation on their matched unit, working alongside a preceptor to learn skills necessary to care for St. Jude patients. Additionally, the nurse resident will attend monthly NRP sessions which involve didactic lessons, simulation, and a variety of activities to assist with the transition from novice to competent nurse. As part of the NRP, nurse residents participate in various events to help them enculturate into St. Jude and the Memphis community.

At the culmination of the program, the nurse residents graduate and will be transitioned into our mentor program where they obtain support from a senior nurse to help guide them through their second year of professional practice.

 
 

Nurse Residency Program Expectations

New grad nurses should be able to:

  • Commit to full-time employment for a minimum of the one-year of the NRP per the Residency Agreement
  • Adhere to St. Jude and NRP policies per the Residency Agreement
  • Uphold the St. Jude Values

Nurse Residency Program Deadlines/Timeline

May 2023 Graduates Dates
Application Window January 15-March 1, 2023
Finalists Notified/Video Screens February 15-March 5, 2023
Roundtable interview sessions February 15 – March 15, 2023
Candidate Notifications By March 30, 2023
Graduation May 2023
Start Date June 26, 2023
Match Day August 2023
*To maintain the integrity of our program, all residents must be on campus for the entirety of their residency rotations, June-August.
December 2023 Graduates Dates
Application Window August 1 – September 15, 2023
Finalists Notified/Video Screens September 5-20, 2023
Roundtable interview sessions September 5 – October 1, 2023
Candidate Notifications By October 15, 2023
Graduation December 2023
Start Date January 2024
Match Day March 2024
*To maintain the integrity of our program, all residents must be on campus for the entirety of their residency rotations, January-March.

Students are encouraged to start the application process according to the graduation cycle timeframe (pay attention to the deadline dates).

Documents to gather prior to applying:

  1. Unofficial copy of college transcripts
  2. Reference Letter
  3. Personal statement or cover letter
 
 
 

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