Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Program Overview

Being a nurse is more than a job, it’s a calling. That is why SSM Health wants to invest in your future. As a new graduate nurse hired with SSM Health, you will participate in the SSM Health Graduate Nurse Residency Program. This will allow you to connect and learn from other graduate nurses across the system as you work to enhance your confidence, knowledge, and practical skills that are required to move from entry level competence toward proficiency and expertise. The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is designed to complement your education and support your continued professional growth. 

Program Objectives

The comprehensive curriculum – designed to enrich and complement the nurses’ education provides a robust infrastructure through a 12-month educational pathway. This system-delivered program includes classes occurring monthly for four hours over a six-month period. Graduate Nurse Residents will be placed in the program within eight weeks of their start date. The program involves a rigorous clinical and didactic training period that prepares the nursing graduate for real-life scenarios. 

Program Eligibility

  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program
  • Eligible to practice as determined by the State Board of Nursing
  • Six months or less working as an RN

Program Topics

  • Role transition
  • Communication
  • Quality & safety
  • Patient-centered care
  • ​​​​​​​Professional Development

Program Length

  • Monthly four hour virtual sessions over a six month period
  • New Graduate RNs will begin the nurse residency program within eight weeks from their hire date

My Exceptional Future as a new graduate nurse resident.


SSM Health Professional Nursing Model

Being a nurse is more than a job or a career, it’s a calling. SSM Health nurses are part of a sacred trust to carry on the ministry our founding sisters set forth more than 144 years ago. Our Mission and Values are the foundation of all that we do and a key component of the SSM Health Nursing Professional Practice Model. This model further creates a culture of excellence and sets performance expectations to which all nurses can subscribe.

At the completion of the program, nurse graduates will understand the model’s five key components and characteristics that define an exceptional nurse at SSM Health.


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