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Nursing Pipeline

What is Nursing Pipeline?

Roper St. Francis is committed to continuing education for all teammates, including our nurses. By supporting continuous nursing education and professional development, we not only promote nursing excellence, but also support our unit-based RNs improving nursing care to our patients. 

Because we understand the need to nurture and assist new nurses as they develop and refine clinical skills and critical thinking, the Nursing Resources/Mobile Resource Pool (MRP) has initiated the “Nursing Pipeline.” Pipeline nurses (recent nursing graduates) will work alongside and under the supervision of a Clinical Coach-Registered Nurse (who has completed the RSF clinical coach classes) throughout the entire internship/orientation to enhance clinical skills.  

Pipeline Requirements:
The program requires applicants to hold a minimum of baccalaureate preparation and current licensure as a Registered Nurse in South Carolina or other recognized compact state. Pipeline is a temporary position lasting no longer than six (6) months and is not benefits eligible. 

Candidate Selection:

  • The Nursing Pipeline application and hiring process (peer interview, HR procedures) is the same process used for all nursing employees.
  • All applicants go through the Prophecy assessment, which is a behavioral, clinical and situational assessment tool completed prior to interview.
  • The Clinical Manager for the Mobile Resource Pool will be responsible for oversight of the “Nursing Pipeline” and initial interviews of applicants.
  • Peer Interviews will be conducted by a subset of members from RSF competent in the Peer Interview Process.


Pipeline Curriculum:
The orientation consists of a 10-12 week curriculum with an opportunity for extension if mutually agreed by the clinical coaches and manager.

  • Schedules will be based on the assigned clinical coaches.
  • Clinical schedules should always follow the clinical coach work schedule and offer 32-40 hours per week of proctored clinical experience. 


Parallel/Post Orientation Goals:

  • As applicable vacancies present within the inpatient nursing units, positions will be posted initially for internal applicants.
  • All RN’s in the pipeline are encouraged to apply.
  • If hired into a position before the conclusion of orientation, their orientation time would finish with the clinical coach on the unit they will call home.
  • If at the end of their orientation they have not secured a unit-based position, they could be placed on long term FMLA vacancies, unit-based vacancies, etc. This will allow further monitoring and continued development of their skills while filling vacancies. They will be paired with a mentor on the unit and excluded from the staff float rotation.