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Graduate Nurse Program

Bottom line: Saint Francis Healthcare System is committed to its nurses. And we offer one important benefit just for recent nursing graduates to make sure you have all the knowledge and tools you need to be successful at Saint Francis from the beginning of your career here.

That’s why recent nursing graduates complete a 10-week program consisting of five initial classroom days, eight clinical weeks, and other integrated classroom sessions including Procedure Day and GN classes. Procedure Day enhances your skills using hands on simulations to perfect nursing skills such as chest tube care and tracheostomy care. GN classes are held twice per year in an interactive classroom setting. Topics include: Dealing with Difficult Patients, Caring for the Caregiver, Nursing Legalities, End of Life Care, and Reality Shock.

How You Get Ahead With Our Graduate Nurse Program

Work With a Preceptor

You’ll put your education into practice while working one-on-one with an experienced nurse preceptor who’ll focus on your individual learning needs.

Focus on Clinical Competencies

You’ll focus on perfecting your clinical competencies, which includes developing your critical thinking skills along with your technical skills. A “procedure day” and facilitated lab practice will supplement the experiences you have in the nursing areas.

Rotate to Several Nursing Settings

Classroom/skill lab activities are incorporated into clinical rotations on nursing units.

Care Management

You’ll improve your collaborative, organizational and priority skills as you care for patients. Your preceptor supports you in decision making as you gain experience and self-confidence.

Exchange Ideas and Experiences

While you grow as a professional, your clinical training specialists will continually meet with you to assess your progress. You will be given the opportunity to share your experiences and offer insights to the program.

Graduate Nurse Program Benefits

  • Earn RN salary, plus shift differential
  • Same benefits provided to other eligible employees in same status

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Eligible to take state board exams
  • BSN preferred (ADN’s will complete BSN within five years of hire date)