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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.

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.

Additional Program Details

Application Process

Placement is dependent on interview preferences for units and hours, references, work history and experience, clinical student experiences and open positions.

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

  1. Submit an online employment application to the “Graduate Nurse Residency Program. Apply for the Graduate Nurse Residency Program now!

  2. Once you complete your online application, you will be e-mailed information on how to provide two references from nursing faculty and one reference from a previous employer.

  3. Submit a copy of your most recent school transcript. (This does not have to be an official copy.) Transcripts can be e-mailed to

Note! In order to be reviewed, all parts of the application process must be completed!

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to improve the transition from student to professional nurse by supporting the new graduate professionally during the first year of nursing.

The objectives of the program are:

  1. Effectively recruit and retain qualified new graduate nurses.
  2. Facilitate the development of clinical and leadership skills necessary for first year transition to practice.
  3. Support the advanced beginner nurse to become a competent member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  4. Establish a framework for understanding nursing sensitive indicators.
  5. Develop SCH Culture of Nursing Practice based on Magnet standards and the COMPASS Professional Practice Model.

What to Expect

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 questions related to pay and benefits, please contact the Human Resources Department at 320-255-5650.