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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SNAP Fellowship Testimonials

SNAP Fellows have reported:

    • Improved critical thinking
    • Enhanced networking throughout the hospital
    • Increased confidence with their practice
    • Increased engagement within the organization
    • Earlier assumption of leadership roles

SNAP has been highly praised by the nurses who have participated, as well as medical unit managers and administrators. Here’s what a few of them have to say about the program:

Jill – Critical Care

JillSNAP helped to build my confidence and knowledge as a new nurse. Through SNAP, I developed a best practice for my unit that made a positive impact on patient outcomes. SNAP gave me the opportunity to travel to Washington DC and present a poster about my best practice at the 2010 AACN National Conference.

Raymond - Critical Care

"SNAP kept me on my toes and continually challenged me to excel in my profession."

Lindsey - Critical Care

"A SNAP Fellowship project was a great opportunity to see a need on my unit and apply evidence-based practice to resolve it. Through SNAP it was invaluable to know that as a new nurse I was able to make a real difference at work." 

Jennifer – Emergency Department


The SNAP Fellowship helps to build strong innovators and leaders within St. David's HealthCare.


Melissa – Critical Care

MelissaSt. David's HealthCare has shown dedication, through the SNAP Fellowship, to preparing us for succeeding in our careers. The fellowship has been such a memorable and knowledge-filled experience. I'm so glad I participated in this wonderful opportunity.

Brett – Emergency Department

“SNAP gave me the expertise I needed tofeel comfortable in any situation that arises. The numerous networkingopportunities provided by the fellowship also gave me exposure thathelped advance my career.”

Jessica -- ED

"The SNAP Fellowship prepared me for ED nursing in many ways. From the numerous education specialty days and rotations that I was privileged to attend to the amazing on-unit preceptors, I was given all of the most up-to-date information and resources to prepare me for success. Additionally, SNAP helped me to gain confidence as a new nurse in a challenging specialty area to become involved in various ways. From becoming active in my professional nursing organization, making significant positive changes on my unit, to giving presentations at conferences, the skills and resources I tapped into during SNAP have been a huge asset to me. I don't think I would be the nurse I am today If I wouldn't have been involved with the SNAP Fellowship.

Supervisors & Directors Comments

“This has been the best nursing internship that I’ve seen in my 26 years.” - Mike, ED Supervisor

“I will only hire GNs to my department who are going through the program sinceit does such a wonderful job of expanding on their knowledge andprofessional base. It has really 'raised the bar' in our ED. I have had several older nurses ask me if they can get into the SNAP Fellowshipnow, since they have noticed how well our SNAPs are doing.” - Vilma, ED Supervisor

“The SNAP fellowship applies the seasoning that otherwise took nurses 3-5 years to develop. These SNAPs provide a bountyof energy, fresh ideas, and truly are the 'quicker picker-uppers' of Emergency Nursing practice.” - Renee, ED Educator

“Every SNAP nurse I've met at my hospital has been exceptional. They are eager to learn and help. They are friendly, inquisitive and have so much to offer. They are definitely an example of someone going the extra mile. I can't believe their fine-tuned skills and sharp manner of thinking so early in their careers. They are truly an asset to our staff.” - Susan,Staff Nurse

"For a nursing director, watching the engagement and participation of the SNAP participants is inspirational. It is a contagious reminder every time I watch and listen to them of why I am anurse." - Holly, Director


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