The HSHS Southern Illinois RN Residency Program includes:

One-to-One Preceptors

The assigned preceptors are experienced, unit-based RNs who work one-to-one with residents to provide challenging patient care experiences. Additionally, preceptors teach technical skills, share clinical knowledge, and help residents develop clinical decision making skills. RN residents experience over 400 hours of one-to-one preceptor time.

Classroom and Skills Lab Education

RN Residents benefit from over 140 hours of classroom and skills lab education, developed and taught by highly qualified nurses and other healthcare specialists. This valuable education and training provide the knowledge and experience necessary for you to make the successful transition from new graduate nurse to a professional RN.

Caring and Committed Mentors

Mentors are experienced RN professionals who support each resident and help them navigate the complexities of nursing. Each mentor is not a preceptor or manager, but a non-evaluative, supportive RN on staff at the hospital. Residents find that having a mentor enhances their critical thinking and communication skills, helps them build confidence and self-esteem, and encourages self-evaluation, independent thinking, emotional maturity, and conflict resolution.

How to apply

This Residency is offered for both new RN Graduates and a Refresher to RNs who may have been out of the workforce for a period of time. Click the links below for more information and to apply:


New Grad RNs (O'Fallon)
Apply Here!
New Grad RNs (Effingham)
Apply Here!
New Grad RNs (Breese)
Apply Here!
New Grad RNs (Highland)
Apply Here!
New Grad RNs (Greenville)
Apply Here!
New Grad RNs (Litchfield)
Apply Here!

RN Refresher (All Locations) -- Apply through the ministry link you are most interested in.

Clinical Coordinator


Lleyna Gorka, BSN, RN
Education Services/SID RN Residency
HSHS Southern Illinois Division

618-234-2120, ext. 12548

Lleyna Gorka

Julie Gordon

Clinical Coordinator


Julie Gordon, MSN, RN, CCRN-K
Nurse Manager, Education and RN Resident
618-234-2120, ext, 42810