Versant RN Residency Program 

Saint Louis University Hospital has teamed with Versant to develop the most innovative and comprehensive RN Residency program available. Integrated into our organization's structure, the Versant RN residency includes guided clinical experience with a preceptor, education and curriculum, a supportive component composed on formal mentoring and debriefing/self-care sessions, and a 360-degree evaluation and measurement process. As a Versant standard, all new graduate nurses hired by Saint Louis University Hospital are required to transition through the Versant RN residency. The Versant RN residency is the start of a journey from knowledge to knowing, moving towards competent performance at the bedside.

Versant provides a highly integrated and systematic approach to transitioning new graduate nurses by:

  • Defining a comprehensive baseline set of measurements and outcomes, evidence-based structure, processes, and content.
  • Integrating, teaching, monitoring, and managing adherence to those standards.
  • Objectively evaluating success in achieving the RN residency goals.

Please take a moment to review the information that is required in order to be accepted to the Versant RN Residency Program at Saint Louis University Hospital. All of the required documents listed below must be provided to Human Resources after a position has been offered and must be received by the deadline in order to proceed with the onboarding process. However, we recommend that all candidates prepare their documents as early as possible. 

1.        Be a graduate with less than six months experience and Missouri RN license (successful 

           completion of the NCLEX exam, proof of RN licensure).

2.         Have a GPA of 3.0 in nursing and science curriculum

3.       Provide official college transcript

4.       Have two (2) written professional references, one from a clinical instructor

5.       Letter of intent that answers:

a.        What influenced you to pursue a career in nursing?

b.       Why are you interested in the RN Residency Program?

c.        Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

d.       An essay stating the particular nursing department you wish to work in and why.

When applying, please keep in mind the following:

  • New graduates are only eligible for week day and week night positions (weekends and PRN shifts are for experienced RNs only).
  • New graduates are eligible for positions on the 5th through 9th floors, emergency department and operating room.
  • New graduates are not accepted in behavioral health, endoscopy, IR, clinic-specific positions.
  • You do not need to have passed your NCLEX, but all offers are pending until documentation has been provided to show a passing result.
  • Requisitions will be created specifically for Versant candidates.  E.g. candidates interested in the ICU positions should apply to the Versant Graduate Nurse Critical Care requisition.

Networking Event/Information Session:
Date: April 9, 2015
Location: SLU Hospital/back of the cafeteria
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for our third annual informational session! The purpose of this event is for upcoming nurse graduates to gain firsthand knowledge of the program. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with former residents and staff from some areas including Medical-Surgical, Critical Care, ER and OR.

RSVP is strongly encouraged to

Versant RN Residency Programs:

Start Dates

We are currently accepting applications for the following cohorts:                                                  

July 13, 2015 (to November 15)                    

October 19, 2015 (to February 20)               

If our program meets your needs, please proceed with the application process.

Learn more about Versant.

Apply for a position.

For more information regarding the Versant RN Residency Program at Saint Louis University Hospital, please contact Human Resources nurse recruiters:

For bedside nursing positions
Aaron Weston at

For ER and OR nursing positions
Cindy Polanco, lead recruiter, at