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Graduate Nurse Residency

Registered Nurse First Year Residency Program

St. Cloud Hospital has a unique and extremely popular New Graduate Nurse Residency Program. This program provides support resources to the Graduate RN as she/he transitions from academia to professional practice. As a member of the program, new graduates are hired into regular RN positions and wages, but also enjoy the added benefits that this program offers.

The program includes hospital and nursing classroom orientation, followed by additional clinical orientation, coupled with experienced preceptors. Throughout the first year, additional education and support are provided in groups with other new graduates in order to increase knowledge, networks of peers and confidence in nursing practice. In addition to the strong clinical focus, the program provides professional development in the area of delegation, communication and critical thinking.

Successful candidates have been hired into areas such as: Emergency Trauma Center, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, Telemetry, Medical/Oncology, Rehab, Bone & Joint, Neuroscience/Spine, Children's Center, Family Birthing, Mental Health (Adult and Adolescent), Surgical Care, Post Anesthesia Care, Surgery, Dialysis, and others. Placement is dependent on interview preferences for units and hours, references, work history and experience, clinical student experiences and open positions.

St. Cloud Hospital hires new graduate RNs into the Graduate Nurse Residency Program throughout the year depending on the availability of RN positions that consider new graduate candidates. There is no deadline for applying. Applicants are considered a new graduate RN until they have greater than 12 months of nursing experience.

A formal application process is required and includes the following steps:

1. Submit an online employment application to the “Graduate Nurse Residency Program.”

St. Cloud Hospital online application

Search "Job Category: Nursing" and "Job Location: St. Cloud Hospital," and select "Graduate Nurse Residency Program."

2. Submit a Graduate Nurse Residency Program Supplemental Application.
Choose a document format:

Supplemental Application (Microsoft Word Document)
Supplemental Application (PDF / Fillable PDF)

3. Submit 2 references from nursing faculty and 1 reference from a previous employer. Please direct your faculty and employers to this web site page and the forms linked below.

Instructors: Please complete and submit the Instructor Reference Form.
Choose a document format:

Instructor Reference Form (Microsoft Word Document)
Instructor Reference Form (PDF / Fillable PDF)

Previous Employers: Please complete and submit the Employer Reference Form.
Choose a document format:

Employer Reference Form (Microsoft Word Document)
Employer Reference Form (fillable PDF)

4. Submit a copy of your most recent school transcript. (This does not have to be an official copy.) Email the transcript to:

Thank you for your time and effort in completing the steps necessary for consideration in our Graduate Nurse Residency program. If you are selected for an interview, one of our human resources staff will contact you via telephone or email.

For additional program information or questions, please contact Sarah Latour, MSN, RN, Graduate Nurse/Intern & Student Coordinator at 320-251-2700 x 59066 or For questions related to pay and benefits please contact the Human Resources Department at 320-255-5650.

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