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The Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota is a 53 bed general acute care hospital dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, bringing together the most highly skilled health professionals, the finest facilities and the newest equipment. We invite you to apply for positions at our progressive facility.

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Cardiovascular Nurse Residency Program

Eligibility Criteria
New graduate or graduate with less than or equal to one year of experience in a non-acute care setting or in a setting without related acute care experience.


Each resident will spend the majority of their time in the Patient Care Unit with an assigned mentor. During the duration of the 20-week residency program, each resident will rotate through several other areas: Emergency Department, Outpatient Services, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Operating Room Clinic and Cardiac Rehab. Other rotations that may be included are case management, social work, resource nurse and nursing leadership.

Each resident will attend an education session every Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. These sessions will include the Avera Heart Hospital Core Curriculum classes, scenario reviews, skills stations and exemplar presentations.

Summer Internship Opportunity

The 10-week program begins the end of May and continues through the end of July. Students are eligible after junior year of nursing school.

Avera Heart Hospital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.