St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

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Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program (SNAP)

  • The transition from new nurse to professional nurse is challenging. The Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program (SNAP) at St. David’s HealthCare is an elite training program designed to rapidly advance the careers of graduate nurses, as well as those seeking to move into another specialty. St. David’s HealthCare offers a variety of SNAP Fellowship options, to address the different specialized areas of nursing care. The fellowship occurs after the Immersion Residency (orientation). It is a 6 month program with a series of educational and clinical experiences developed to help nurses excel as they transition into a specialty nursing practice. The fellowship incorporates specialty curriculum, classes and clinicals, professional growth, evidence based practices, and interdisciplinary collaborations. This unique fellowship promotes and develops evidence-based best practices in nursing specialty areas including:
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Neurological Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Labor and Delivery Nursing

Our SNAP Fellows are full time employees who are supported and mentored while transitioning from new nurse to professional nurse. The SNAP Fellowship is committed to enhancing the new nurse’s clinical skills as well as promoting the development of professional and confident nurses. St. David’s HealthCare looks forward to working with SNAP Fellows during and long after their fellowship has ended.

Through SNAP, nurses quickly improve their clinical skills, advancing from beginner toward expert in a fraction of the time it takes in a typical hospital setting. This is accomplished through experiential learning with an interdisciplinary team that includes:

  • Clinical simulations
  • Off-site rotations
  • Clinical rotations
  • Case studies
  • Mentoring with Clinical Coaches
  • Development of Emergency Cardiac Care Skills (ECC), including Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Nursing Core Course, Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

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Program Testimonials
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For information, contact Karen Jeffries at 512-544-0109 or email