Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Graduate Nurse Program offer?

• Structured monthly seminars on topics such as communication, critical thinking, end-of-life care, ethical/moral dilemmas, certification and more
• One-on-one personalized support with experienced preceptors and access to expert resident facilitators
• Hands-on assistance to gain proficiency in your profession
• Clinical autonomy at the point of patient care upon completion of the program

How many times per year is the Graduate Nurse Program offered?

We offer two cohorts per year.

When do the cohorts start?

Our spring cohort begins in late March and our fall cohort begins in October. All newly licensed RN hires will be automatically enrolled in the next available cohort.

Which specialties are included?

All participants will go through our 1-year UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, new hire orientation and unit orientation regardless of the clinical practice area or unit you are hired into. In addition, we offer a focused residency for your nursing specialty, such as Perioperative, Med/Surg, Critical Care, Oncology and many other areas. The length of each focused residency varies across specialties.

How long is the Graduate Nurse Program?

The UHC/AACN Nurse Residency portion is one year in length and layers on top of the other components of our program. Participants will attend one seminar session per month at CHRISTUS® Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler for the 1-year UHC/AACN component. The residencies in individual clinical practice areas vary in length based on nursing specialty.

When should I apply?

We recommend applying for an RN–New Grad position during your final semester of nursing school.

Are current CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System employees eligible to participate?

Yes, but only if you are transitioning into a newly licensed RN position.

Which department will I work in? Can I choose the area where I work?

You will have an opportunity to identify clinical area(s) of interest in your initial interview/phone screening. The department that you will ultimately work in is determined during the hiring process and will depend on our current staffing needs.

What specialties/departments are hiring?

This varies based on vacancies at the time of application. Specialties that have accepted RN–New Grads in the past include Med/Surg, Critical Care, Cardiac, Oncology, Perioperative and Women’s & Children’s.