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New Graduate Nursing Jobs

If you want to really make a difference in children’s lives, impact the nursing profession, and contribute to the future of research, we would love to have you join our Patient Family-Centered Care team!

An Invitation for New Nurse Graduates

If you are considering a Pediatric Oncology Nurse (PON) position at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) after graduating from nursing school, please refer to the information below on designated times of hire to our facility and admission to our Nurse Residency Program (NRP).

Nurse Residency Program Overview

St. Jude’s NRP is an Accredited Practice Transition Program (PTAP) with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This means that it 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 and they enter a cohort based upon their hire date. In order to help ensure NCLEX success, the residency program facilitates a NCLEX study week comprised of a mix of independent study time, simulation, and gaming in order to help cement NCLEX content and prepare new graduates for testing.

The NRP lasts 10 months and offers nurse residents with a supportive, clinical skills-based curriculum to kickstart their professional development.

The first 6 weeks of the program are a clinical rotation where the nurse residents rotate through each of our nursing units. This exposes the new nurse residents to the continuum of care here at St. Jude, build relationships across the organization, and allows them to see all the potential nursing opportunities.

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 resident will begin their individualized clinical orientation on their matched unit where they will work alongside a preceptor to learn skills necessary to care for St. Jude patient population. Additionally, the nurse resident will attend monthly Nurse Residency Program 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 Nurse Residency Program, you will also participate in various events to help enculturate you into both the St. Jude and larger Memphis community. At the culmination of the program, the nurse residents graduate and will then be transitioned into our mentor program where they will obtain support from a senior nurse to help guide the nurse resident through their second year of professional practice.

Nurse Residency Program Requirements

New graduate nurses must be able to…

  • Commit to full-time employment for a minimum of the one-year of the NRP per Residency Agreement. 
  • Adhere to the SJCRH and the NRP attendance policies per Residency Agreement.

Nurse Residency Program Deadlines/Timeline

December 2022 Graduates
Application Window September 1-October 1, 2022
Finalists Notified/Video Screens September 15-October 14, 2022
Roundtable interview sessions October 3-October 31, 2022
Candidate Notifications By November 7, 2022
Graduation December 2022
Start Date January 2023
NRP cohort and clinical rotations begin January 2023
Match Ceremony March 2023
*To maintain the integrity of our program, all residents must be on campus for the entirety of their residency rotations, January-March.
May 2023 Graduates
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
*To maintain the integrity of our program, all residents must be on campus for the entirety of their residency rotations, June-August.

Tips for Applying

  • Visit our application system to view open New Nurse Residency: Graduate Nurse.
  • Familiarize yourself with the New Nurse Residency: Graduate Nurse job description.
  • Students are encouraged to start the application process according to the graduation cycle timeframe (pay attention to the deadline dates).


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