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New Graduate Nurses

Saint Luke’s Health System is dedicated to the success of its nurses. From the moment you join our team, we offer the training and support you need to fulfill our promise of growing your career. With more than 18 hospitals and clinics, there are many opportunities to explore new specialties and expand your knowledge. 


Nurse Residency Program

For new graduate RNs, we know your career and leadership development will benefit us as much as it does you—so we pour resources into your growth, training, and development through our Nurse Residency Program. All new graduate BSNs and ADNs who join Saint Luke’s Health System participate in this program, which helps build clinical competency and professional practice behaviors throughout the first year of practice.

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Career Navigators

From the start of your career at Saint Luke’s, you have access to a Career Navigator. Saint Luke’s Career Navigators will help you discover how to best use your strengths and develop a plan for growth and success during your career with us. Career Navigators have different resources to help you jump-start your professional and personal development.

Strength for the Journey Program

Starting your nursing career is an exciting new chapter and we want to support you. Saint Luke’s Strength for the Journey is a three-year program designed specifically for you to reach your personal goals and enhance your career development. Through a personalized plan, Saint Luke’s helps you to bring to life our mission and reach your highest potential.

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Education Assistance Program

The Saint Luke’s Educational Assistance Program offers reimbursement for tuition/enrollment costs associated with Continuing Education. Employees can receive reimbursement for:

  • Seminars/webinars
  • Conferences, symposiums, and workshops
  • Courses
  • Tuition, required books, and fees

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Luke’s will accept applications from senior nursing students in the beginning of their final semester in both January and August every year. The application will remain open for the entire semester.

Complete your resume and cover letter and apply to the Nurse Residency Program.

Applicants must be recent graduates from an accredited nursing program and have no prior experience as a nurse. The recruiter will contact you and ask you to submit a short video interview and to initiate the reference process using Saint Luke’s online platform. Once these steps are completed, candidates will be considered for an interview with HR and Nurse Leadership at the candidate’s preferred hospital choice.

Yes. Every hospital location in Kansas City, as well as our critical access hospitals outside of the metro, hires new graduate nurses. During the video interview, you will have the opportunity to select your location preference(s) as well as the departments in which you would like to work.

The video interview allows each candidate the opportunity to tell their story about their call to nursing. Instead of just looking at applications and resumes, the video interview allows nurse recruiters and nursing leadership the opportunity to get to know you before you formally interview for a position. We appreciate the time spent by each candidate to complete this important step.

We ask that you complete the video interview in the comfort of your own home within one week following the submission of your application. We understand how busy students are in their final semester; so take your time, prepare, and record your interview when it is most convenient for you.

All units within the hospital setting hire new graduate nurses. During the video interview, you will be given a list of departments to indicate your top three work preferences. We encourage you to consider a variety of units. Your interests and position availability is factored into placement. During the interview, you may be considered for other areas should your top choices be fully staffed.

Departments within Women’s Services (NICU, L&D, and Mother-Baby) are the most sought-after throughout our health system. We encourage you to select at least one or two units outside of these areas to expand your options.

All offers for the Nurse Residency Program with Saint Luke’s Health System are contingent offers of employment, based on the successful completion of nursing school and passing the NCLEX. Should you be offered a position during the semester and you verbally accept, we will hold that position until you graduate. Once you schedule the NCLEX and pass the exam, you will work with the HR recruiter to determine your start date. Nurse Residency Program start dates vary. At Saint Luke’s, we are flexible based on your graduation date and scheduling of the NCLEX.

Contact Our New Graduate Nurse Recruiter 


Brenna Van Maren is a Registered Nurse and Talent Acquisition Partner responsible for new graduate nurse recruitment across Saint Luke’s Health System.

If you’d like to be a part of Saint Luke’s tradition of excellence and make a difference in others’ lives every day, consider joining one of the best nursing teams in the region. 

Contact Brenna today.

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