Nurse Residency Pathway at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa/Children's Hospital of San Antonio (CHOSA)
Nurse Residency Pathway

Nurse Residency Pathway Program

  1. What is the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa/CHOSA Residency Pathway? +

    The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Residency Pathway is a comprehensive evidence-based program based on Patricia Benner's Novice-to-Expert model. The program utilizes a variety of teaching strategies designed to develop safe, efficient nurses while helping to navigate the transition between nursing school and clinical practice in our faith-based environment.
  2. How long is the residency? +

    • The program is 1-year long with a focused 12-16 week "clinical intensive," depending on the specialty. During the intensive, you will be participating in classroom/hands-on/simulation activities that will provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to successfully complete your competency validation. If you are in a unit such as ICU, ED, NICU, PICU, or women's services, you will also have a specialty component in the residency during this time.
    • During the intensive you will be assigned to a trained preceptor who will guide you through the clinical component of the residency and validate your competencies at the bedside. You will also participate in structured professional development and debriefing activities designed to address your pertinent professional issues that are an integral part of patient care.
    • After the intensive, you will continue to participate in additional scheduled professional development and debriefing activities. All these activities are designed to ensure that your transition from "student life" to "professional life" is as smooth as possible, not just from skills acquisition but from the inter-professional aspect as well.
  3. How often does CHRISTUS Santa Rosa/CHOSA offer the Residency Pathway? +

    We offer residency cohorts twice each year. Graduates from late summer through December comprise our February cohort while spring graduates are in our July cohort.
  4. What are the requirements to participate in the Residency Pathway? +

    • New graduates and RNs with less than 6 months experience and who have not participated in another residency program are eligible
    • Graduate from an accredited nursing program and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN)
    • Complete the online application and upload the required documents
    • Submit the required electronic references to 2 of your nursing school clinical faculty
    • Complete an interview with a panel of our nursing directors and be selected for a position
    • Before the residency cohort begins, successfully pass the NCLEX
  5. Will I have an opportunity to choose a specialty unit? +

    Specialty training in the following areas are part of our Residency Pathway:

    • Adult critical care
    • Adult emergency department
    • Adult medical/surgical/telemetry/intermediate care
    • Perinatal/women's services
    • Perioperative services
    • Pediatric critical care
    • Neonatal critical care
    • Pediatric emergency department
    • Pediatric medical/surgical
  6. How will I know whether or not I will be interviewed? +

    Our Talent Acquisition associates will first review your application to make sure it is complete. Please note: A complete application means that every part of the on-line application has been completed and both your clinical references have been received. After your application has been determined to be complete, you will be contacted by telephone by a Talent Acquisition associate. You will then be scheduled for a time for interview.
  7. What is the interview process like? +

    All candidates are interviewed on the same day during our Residency Interview Expo. Your interview will be conducted by a panel of our directors and managers who represent the department that you are interested in joining. The date, time and location of the interview will be provided during your telephone call with Talent Acquisition.
  8. Are current associates eligible to participate? +

    Yes. Current associates will need to complete the same application and interview process.
  9. Whom may I ask to complete my references? +

    Submit references from 2 faculty members who oversaw a clinical rotation. Send them the link found on the application. References are confidential and must be submitted electronically.
  10. Do I automatically become a member of the residency cohort? +

    Yes. Once you are offered and accept a position on one of our nursing units, you are considered to be part of the residency cohort.
  11. When will the cohort start? +

    The February 2018 cohort will begin on Monday, February 19, 2018 with New Associate Orientation (NAO) and a full week of activities will be scheduled. During the second week you will attend New Nursing Orientation (NNO). You will receive a personal letter during Monday's NAO detailing your specific schedule for your first and second week.
  12. Do I need to complete my NCLEX exam before starting the cohort? +

    Yes. You must take your NCLEX exam and have your results no later than Thursday, February 15.
  13. Do I incur any obligation after I complete the residency? +

    Yes. The residency program represents a sizable investment in your transition to your professional life–an investment that is both financial and time-dependent. We will ask you to sign an agreement that calls for you to remain on your unit-of-hire for one year following your completion of the residency and remain in the organization for 2 years. You will complete the 1-year residency program in January, 2019 and your agreement will address a time period through January, 2021. You'll be asked to sign the agreement when you complete your on-boarding activities with Human Resources.
  14. Who should I contact with questions about the residency specifically? +

    You may contact the Program Manager, Melissa Gonzalez, MSN, RN, CNS at melissa.gonzalez@christushealth.org or the Director of Clinical Practice, Gayle Dasher, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, at gayle.dasher@christushealth.org. They have conducted the residency since its inception at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa/CHOSA and can answer any question.
  15. How do I access the application? +

 

Frequently Asked Questions - Nurse Residency Pathway Talent Acquisition Process

  1. When does the application open and close? +

    The application will open September 15 and close on October 30th. Your application must be received and fully completed prior to October 30th, there will not be any exceptions made.
  2. What are the requirements to participate in the Residency Pathway? +

    • New graduates and RNs with less than 6 months experience and who have not participated in another residency program are eligible
    • Graduate from an accredited nursing program and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN)
    • Complete the online application and upload the required documents
    • Submit the required electronic references to 2 of your nursing school clinical faculty
    • Complete an interview with a panel of our nursing directors and be selected for a position
    • Before the residency cohort begins, successfully pass the NCLEX
  3. How do I apply? +

    Visit www.christushealth.org, at the top of the page there is a drop down box titled want to:, click on the down arrow and then select find a career, this will take you to the careers page where you can type in the keyword search and put in the req # or type in residency
  4. When will Talent Acquisition contact me? +

    Talent Acquisition will contact you once your application has been completed; this includes 2 clinical faculty references, and the completed form answering all questions in the applicant tracking system. You will receive a notification indicating that the application is complete. You will not be contacted until this is completed.
  5. What is the process? +

    The process is to apply to the residency requisition which can be found on our website www.christushealth.org, turn in 2 clinical faculty references, and interview with the Nurse Leaders during our interview expo day.
  6. How will I know whether or not I will be interviewed? +

    Our Talent Acquisition associates will first review your application to make sure it is complete. Please note: A complete application means that every part of the on-line application has been completed and both your clinical references have been received. After your application has been determined to be complete, you will be contacted by telephone by a Talent Acquisition associate. You will then be scheduled for a time for interview.
  7. What is the interview process like? +

    All candidates are interviewed on the same day during our Residency Interview Expo. Your interview will be conducted by a panel of our directors and managers who represent the department that you are interested in joining. The date, time and location of the interview will be provided during your telephone call with Talent Acquisition.
  8. When will I know if I am being offered a position? +

    It is Talent Acquisitions goal to extend an offer as soon as possible. If you haven't been contacted within a week from the interview reach out to lauren.dunlap@christushealth.org
  9. When will the cohort start? +

    The February 2018 cohort will begin on Monday, February 19, 2018 with New Associate Orientation (NAO) and a full week of activities will be scheduled. During the second week you will attend New Nursing Orientation (NNO). You will receive a personal letter during Monday's NAO detailing your specific schedule for your first and second week.
  10. Who should I contact with questions about the recruiting process specifically? +

    You may contact the Talent Acquisition Lead, Lauren Dunlap at lauren.dunlap@christushealth.org she can address any questions regarding the recruiting process.

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