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Nurse Residency and Transition Programs

Define your practice through humankindness with the St. John’s hospitals nurse residency and transition programs.



Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Nursing team at St. John’s hospitals.  The Nurse Residency and Transition programs are designed to assist recently graduated and RNs wishing to transition to acute care as well as those desiring specialty training.  The programs are developed keeping the Benner’s Model of nursing in mind; transitioning the RN from the novice to expert role as a professional nurse.

The Nurse Residency and Transition programs are a blended learning program using online, classroom, simulation and clinical preceptorship on the assigned area to ensure success.  Successful completion includes 100% validation of assigned skills, completion of clinical hours, and active participation in classroom and evaluation processes.  

The programs are a yearlong experience including a Mentorship and monthly classes designed to enhance knowledge and skills.  Successful candidates will be individuals that have graduated within one year prior to start of the program and have a valid California RN license.  RNs with experience in LTC facilities and wish to transition into the acute care setting are also welcomed.


Download packet/portfolio to be completed


Forms You Will Need to Apply to Our Program (your portfolio)

  • Online Application
  • Licensure, Vacation & Employment Statement
  • Unit Preference Request
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Reference for clinical Instructor or current employer.  Please ensure the letter is signed and dated on a school letterhead if applicable.
  • College transcript
  • Personal Statement no longer that 2 pages explaining:
    • What lead you to become a Nurse
    • Explain why you are interested in the Residency programs and St John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John's Hospital Camarillo 
    • Explain why you have selected the area/unit you have applied
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years


Via e-mail, send the above documents to [email protected], with a subject line of “Nursing Program Application”.

All applications and supporting documents will be reviewed so please be patient. Those selected to be interviewed will be notified. We do read the applications and supporting material; please be thorough in your responses.  Notification of interviews will begin in the middle of April.

With humankindness,

Faustino Cruz, MSN/Ed, RN
RN Supervisor, Residency Program

If You are Hired

If you are hired, you will be required to provide the following documents to Human Resources prior to stating employment:

  • RN License
  • Original American Heart Association (AHA) (BLS, ACLS or PALS)
  • Copy of Degree awarded

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The program is comprised of a combination of didactic classroom and hands on skills training supplemented by simulations and a clinical preceptorship on an assigned unit.

The program is based on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Essentials of Critical care Orientation (ECCO) core curriculum for ICU & PCU/Telemetry residency tracts.  Other specialty area curriculums are based on American Association of Operating room Nurses (AORN) for the OR tract.  The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) curriculum for the Emergency department (ED) tract.   For the Mother Infant Unit/Labor and Delivery tracts the curriculum follow AWON POEP and NOEP for the NICU.

Classes are led by facility content experts allowing for facility specific training initiatives to be incorporated into the curriculum.  Trainings include certification in NIHSS, fetal heart tones and AHA certifications.  Residents will be trained on electronic documentation.

Clinical educators and Clinical Nurse Specialists will guide and facilitate the residents’ transition into practice.

The preceptors are staff members of the facility; having at least one year of clinical experience. The residency includes a Preceptor Training program. The training program is blended; online learning and interactive classroom activities.

The mentor program is an additional layer of support for the residents for the first year of practice. Mentors are chosen by leaders, educators or residents. The mentor program utilizes the blended format of online training and interactive classroom activities.

Mentors and mentees meet once a month and utilize a workbook for an intentional meeting with goals and objects to provide a framework and safe environment for the resident to receive support necessary to transition effectively to the role of professional RN.