Nursing Excellence

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The need is critical

Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare delivery system, but a nation-wide shortage of nurses that began in 2012 and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic has left healthcare systems across the country crippled. 

Learn more about the shortage and our plan to address it at Baylor Scott & White.

Exceptional care doesn't come about by chance. No matter the challenge, nurses continue to provide excellent, compassionate care to all our patients. They are the backbone of the exceptional patient experience Baylor Scott & White is known for, and are truly the front line for humanity's health. 

Investing in nursing, experts agree, is critical to the future of healthcare. To continue to develop strong nurses and nursing leaders, Baylor Scott & White offers programs including:


Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Newly graduated nurses (GNs) face a unique and often overwhelming learning curve as they enter the complex and high-stakes field of nursing. Stress can weigh heavily on new nurses whose daily work may involve matters of life or death, leading to frequent burnout.

To ensure the success of new nurses throughout and beyond their first year of practice, Baylor Scott & White supports all newly hired GNs through our Graduate Nurse Residency Program (GRNP). The one-year program provides new professionals with the knowledge, skills, and support to confidently fulfill their expanding roles in the ever-evolving healthcare industry. This accredited transition-to-practice program provides extra education and mentorship to help new hires through the challenges of their first year of nursing practice.

Some benefits of the program include:

  • Transition from entry-level to experienced nurse
  • Development of effective clinical judgment
  • Ability to provide bedside clinical leadership
  • Ability to incorporate research-based evidence into practice
  • Guidance on an evidence- based practice project
  • Mentorship and guidance on real-life challenges, including stress management
  • Support from peer group of GNs facing similar challenges
  • Strengthening of commitment to nursing
  • Formulating individual career development plans  

Support a graduate nurse 

A gift today of $12,500 to support even just one GN in our residency program can make all the difference—for patients who rely on their care, for their nursing colleagues who need their support, and for a long and productive career.



Each year, scholarships are awarded to college students and current employees who are pursuing nursing degrees.

Nursing Facts:

79% of Baylor Scott & White nurses have earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing or higher degree.


Advanced Certification Support

Patients benefit from nurses with advanced or specialty certifications who have a higher level of expertise, are skilled in patient education, and are better equipped to recognize unexpected symptoms and develop a plan of care. Advanced certifications also enhance patient satisfaction, reassuring patients and families that the nurses caring for them have demonstrated experience and knowledge that exceeds requirements of entry-level licensure examinations.

Nursing Facts:

More than 33% of Baylor Scott & White nurses have earned certifications in their respective specialties.

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