Nursing Opportunities

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Registered Nurse (RN) 

Students and New RNs 

We have two main programs for current and recent nursing students. For current students, CentraCare’s Summer Nurse Internship gives nursing students nine weeks of magnificent mentorship and work experience. 

Students between their junior and senior years of nursing school get paired with an experienced registered nurse who will serve as their mentor and preceptor. Students’ schedules will match that of their preceptors. This internship experience is an intensive immersion in the world of being a registered nurse- but with the guidance of an experienced professional who wants to help you launch your career successfully. Summer nurse interns are paid at half the rate of a first-year registered nurse and leave the experience enriched and ready to tackle their senior year! 

CentraCare’s Graduate Nurse Residency Program is PTAP accredited through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. What does that mean? PTAP stands for Practice Transition Accreditation Program. It means that those responsible for setting the highest standards in nursing around the world have certified that our program meets their high standards for nursing excellence. 

Experienced Registered Nurses 

No matter when or where your nursing career began, you can find the next step in your career at CentraCare.  

Our leaders instill a culture of kindness and accountability. 

You’ll find variety in multiple areas here. 

Geography: We’re in Minnesota towns, big and small, and stretch from the northwest metro to the South Dakota border and from Redwood Falls to Brainerd. 
Setting: Large and small clinics, including specialty clinics, assisted living facilities, and hospitals- which vary in size from 12 to nearly 500 beds- make up most of the places where you can find your purpose at CentraCare. The anchor of everything is five-time Magnet Designated St. Cloud Hospital, which is consistently named one of the world’s best hospitals.  

You can work from home on the phone, in an adrenaline-driving regional trauma center with critical care, a challenging specialty clinic, busy acute care unit, calming cancer center, advanced surgical center, and basically whatever other situation you can think of! 

More than 500 LPNs work at CentraCare in roughly 100 different departments, from Redwood Falls to St. Cloud and Monticello to Long Prairie. Clinics are the most popular setting for LPNs and hospitals are also common.

With all those facilities, departments, and locations, there’s an opportunity for just about every LPN at CentraCare.

Nursing Assistant (NA)

Being a Nursing Assistant requires a kind heart, caring hands, and the ability to balance confidence with kindness. You’ll learn to prioritize and develop an incredible depth of knowledge. It’s not easy but it is rewarding- and the longer you do it, the better you’ll get.

You'll have some nursing assistant responsibilities while caring for our patients and residents.

  • Interact with them to promote comfort, and express compassion and empathy 
  • Critical monitoring, like measuring blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration – so we can better assess health 
  • Transport them to appointments and meals 
  • Assist with ADLs (activities of daily living) – these are things we often take for granted that patients may be unable to, or need help doing themselves (including walking, bathing, brushing teeth, toileting, feeding, and more) 

Acute Care (St. Cloud Hospital) 

To work at St. Cloud Hospital as a nursing assistant requires only a desire to help others in a healthcare setting. We’ll provide you the training you need to get started. No experience is required but the experience earned can lead to a lifelong career caring for others! Typically, we need acute care nursing assistants to be 18 or older because of labor laws regarding some of the equipment we use.

Nursing Leadership  

CentraCare has a healthy balance of experience diversity in nursing leadership. We hire from outside, promote from within and welcome back past employees who gained experience elsewhere.  

It often begins when a staff nurse starts working shifts as a core charge. Then there’s a promotion to always working as core charge nurse. Nurses become educators, assistant DONs, program managers and supervisors.  

Nurses run our Magnet Program, Summer Nurse Internship and New Graduate Nursing Programs, and lead the nursing practice for large parts of the organization. They run entire clinics and hospital units. 

Nursing leaders listen to staff and lead policy and process improvements. They are directors, senior directors, executive directors, and vice presidents, and a nurse is the president of St. Cloud Hospital. ​​​​​​​