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HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program


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.


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.

How to apply:

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 for more information and to apply:

Download  Summer Cohort Application Materials and SID RN Residency FAQs Sheet

Apply Here! New Grad RNs
   Apply Here! New Grad RNs

Apply Here! New Grad RNs
   Apply Here! New Grad RNs

Apply Here! New Grad RNs
  Apply Here! RN Refresher
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Additionally, for more information interested candidates may contact:

Lleyna Gorka
Lleyna Gorka, BSN, RN
Education Services/SID RN Residency
HSHS Southern Illinois Division

618-234-2120, ext. 12548


Regina Peterson
Regina F. Peterson, MSN, RN
Division Director of Clinical Education, Professional Development, SID Float Pool and RN Residency