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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Benefits of SNAP Fellowship

  • Utilization of specialty curriculum
  • Content experts who share their knowledge and expertise
  • Professional mentoring and support that continues into the second year of nursing
  • New nurses share their experiences with other new nurses
  • Debriefing sessions with a Certified Professional Facilitator
  • Patient Simulation with state-of-the-art simulation technologies
  • Preparation for certification at the end of year two in your specialty area
    • Graduates of the SNAP Fellowship can expect to:

  • Experience a 1:1 preceptorship for their first several weeks
  • Attend monthly classes with their peers
  • Work collaboratively with physicians, other departments and other hospitals
  • Become involved with their specialty professional organization
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Partcipate in unit activities and committees
  • Complete an evidence based practice project
  • Present a CE program to their peers
  • Present patient case studies
  • Participate in socialization activities
  • Create professional networks
  • Submit abstracts to speak or present posters at regional and national conferences
  • Prepare to take a clinical leadership role in their specialty area
  • Write a professional development plan

    This innovative program improves nurses’ qualifications clinically, educationally and professionally, and is just one of the many ways St. David’s HealthCare supports our nursing staff in their career development. The success of SNAP in promoting nursing excellence shows in the retention rate of nurses who participate in the program: 94 percent at one year vs. a national GN retention rate of 50-64 percent.