Versant Residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is CHRISTUS Santa Rosa's/CHOSA RN Residency?

    Our residency program is a partnership with Versant, a robust evidence-based program based on Patricia Benner's Novice-to-Expert model. The program utilizes a disciplined, competency-based system designed to develop safe, efficient nurses and addresses the needs of new graduates entering the profession. The program is designed to help you navigate the transition between your academic preparation and clinical practice in our faith-based environment.
  2. What does the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa/CHOSA residency offer?

    Our program offers the newly licensed RN a clinical immersion program that includes supporting classroom activities, structured clinical preceptorship including competency validation and supportive components with mentorship and debriefing sessions. The residency is 12-months in length, with a concentrated clinical immersion period followed by continuing supporting sessions.
  3. How often does CHRISTUS Santa Rosa/CHOSA offer the residency program?

    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 benefits of participating in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa/CHOSA residency?

    Through the residency you will have the opportunity to interact with our clinical experts and staff nurse leaders. Your clinical preceptorship will be supplemented by directed classroom activities, skills labs and simulation experiences. Your clinical preceptor will validate your performance and ensure your competence and skill progression. Regularly scheduled debriefing and mentor meetings will allow you to share experiences with other residents that will further help your transition to clinical practice.
  5. What are the requirements to participate in the residency program?

    • 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.
  6. Will I have an opportunity to choose a specialty unit?

    Specialty training in the following areas are part of our residency program:

    • Adult critical care
    • Adult emergency department
    • Adult medical/surgical
    • Perioperative services
    • Senior Behavioral Health
    • Pediatric Critical Care
    • Neonatal Critical Care
    • Pediatric emergency department
    • Pediatric medical/surgical
    • Women's Services
  7. Are current associates eligible to participate?

    Yes. Current associates will need to complete the same application process.
  8. Who 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.
  9. What is the interview process like?

    If you are selected for an interview, one of our Talent Management associates will contact you. Our interviews are done by a panel with your interview being conducted by a group of managers. You will be contacted regarding the date, time and location of the interview.
  10. How do I access the application?

    Click here to submit your Profile and Resume.


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