New Graduate RN Nursing

Why Choose St. John as a New Graduate RN?

  • Part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system; together, we are dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care in our community
  • Celebrating more than 90 years of compassionate care in the Tulsa area and eastern Oklahoma
  • Comprehensive nurse residency program facilitates the transition and integration of new graduate nurses into the role of registered nurse
  • Nurses have a voice in the decisions that are made regarding their nursing practice through unit based councils and other means of communication
  • Evidence-based practice approach to support changes in nursing processes
  • A variety of graduate opportunities in most specialties
  • Comprehensive benefits package including affordable healthcare benefits and competitive salaries, tuition reimbursement for your nursing program, free NCLEX review and more
  • St. John Medical Center is the only Magnet-recognized facility in eastern Oklahoma: the highest level of recognition that an organization can receive for quality nursing care

Nursing at St. John: Options of Entering as a New Graduate RN

St. John Health System offers multiple options for employment as a new graduate RN. All options participate in the St. John nurse residency program.

  • Hire directly into a department of interest – simply apply to any department specific position that says “New Grads Welcome” in the job title
  • Innovative Professional Development Unit – a designated learning unit for new RN graduates on a progressive cardiopulmonary renal unit; one-year individualized program with mentoring and peer support from experienced preceptors dedicated to your learning
  • New Graduate Pool – 16-week program offering career exploration to help you determine exactly where your nursing career thrives; designed to facilitate the transition of the new graduate nurse to professional registered nurse while providing career exploration opportunities in varied specialties
    • Extensive 16-week orientation led by an assigned clinical coordinator
      • Eight weeks of orientation in areas including: Med/Surg, Ortho/Neuro, Medical Telemetry, Oncology, Pediatrics
      • Remaining eight weeks in a specialty area (Med/Surg, Telemetry, ICU, ER and Surgical Services)
      • Upon completion of 16-week orientation, you will be able to interview for areas of interest that have open positions, and you are encouraged to apply and interview for multiple departments

About Our Nurse Residency Program

St. John and Ascension recognize of the challenges a newly licensed nurse may face in the first year of professional growth, including role transition, meeting performance standards and the challenges of assuming an increased level of accountability related to nursing quality indicators. To assist in facing those challenges, St. John has designed a customized nurse residency program as a required opportunity for professional development. The nurse residency program is a 12-month program (four hours per month), designed to facilitate the transition and integration of the new graduate nurse into the role of registered nurse. 

The St. John nurse residency program supports the transition from the nursing student to the practicing professional nurse within an inter-professional and collaborative practice environment.

Goals of the St. John Nurse Residency Program

  • Prepare graduate nurses to care for patients with increasing levels of acuity
  • Facilitate the development of effective critical thinking
  • Develop clinical nurse leadership skills
  • Strengthen commitment to nursing as a professional career choice
  • Empower nurse residents to contribute to practice improvement
  • Facilitate the development of clinical bedside skills
  • Improve patient safety and quality of care


A New Way of Onboarding: Introducing the St. John Regional Onboarding Center

St. John recently launched the St. John Regional Onboarding Center to guide all new nurses through a specialized orientation program. During the first two weeks of employment, all new St. John nurses will experience this innovative, simulation-based orientation process that integrates experiential learning, guided reflection and deliberate practice to develop more competent and confident nurses in less time. The St. John Regional Onboarding Center features hands-on, active learning simulation in a state-of-the-art technological setting. This simulation setting provides our nurses a safe way to practice delivery of care in a collaborative, experiential learning process.

Learn more about the St. John Onboarding Center below.

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