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FAQs

How do I apply?

We accept applications for the Nurse Residency Program at www.childrensomaha.org three times per year. In general we accept applications for the Spring cohort starting in October and the Summer cohort starting in March. The fall cohort application process will begin in July.

Can I apply for the Nurse Residency Program before I pass my NCLEX exam?

Yes. The new graduate BSN nurse may apply for the Nurse Residency Program prior to the completion of the NCLEX exam. Prior to starting employment at Children’s, the nurse must possess a valid nursing license. 

What is involved in Stage 2 of Application for Nurse Residency:

Based on established criteria, selected candidates will be asked to complete stage 2 of the nurse resident application process. Stage 2 application information includes the following:

  • 2 letters of recommendation; one of which must be a clinical faculty member using a specified format.
  • Official school transcripts from BSN program
  • Resume
  • Statement of intent to practice pediatric nursing (no more than 500 words)
  • Must commit to work full time during the first year of the Nurse Residency Program.
  • Must commit to one additional year of service after completing Nurse Residency Program, working at least 24 hours/week.

When and how will I be notified of the decision to either offer me a residency or decline my application for the Nurse Residency Program?

You will receive a phone call with an offer for a nurse resident position at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. This phone call will include the salary for this position. See Deadlines & Important Dates for timeline.

Should the application packet include an official transcript?

Yes. Even though transcripts can be retrieved online, the Nurse Residency Program will only accept official transcripts. The transcripts will need to be in a sealed envelope and included with the nurse resident’s application packet.

Is there a format for the letter of intent?

No. The letter of intent should be free form. This letter provides the nurse resident with the opportunity to demonstrate individuality and style of communication. The letter should not exceed 500 words.

How long will the interview last?

Interviews will last up to 60 minutes.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Hiring Criteria for the Nurse Residency Program

All new graduate nurse applicants will be required to have a BSN to be eligible to apply.

Why are we going to hire only new graduates with BSN preparation?

There are recommendations from both the Magnet Commission and the Institute of Medicine/Future of Nursing with target goals to increase the percentage of BSN prepared nurses at the bedside. One of the ways that Children’s can move toward meeting those goals is to begin hiring all new graduates with a minimum of a BSN preparation. Another strategy is to support existing staff to earn their BSN or MSN through the Tuition Reimbursement program benefit. BSN preparation is becoming the community standard for entry into acute care hospital nursing practice.

What about current staff enrolled in AD/ASN programs?

Current employees hired before August 2012 and enrolled in AD or ASN program on or before August 2012 will be eligible to apply. These employees must complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing by December 31, 2015 to be eligible.

Does this affect other nurses (experienced nurses) applying for positions at Children’s?

Yes. Starting in August 2012 all nurses newly hired to the organization will be required to have a minimum of a BSN.

Is there an effect on current Children’s nurses who do not have a BSN?

No, current Children’s nurses without a BSN are not affected by this change in new hire/new graduate nurse employment criteria.

If hired into the Nurse Residency Program, what shifts and/or hours will I work?

For the first 7 weeks, you will work with preceptors on the units and will need to be available to work either days or nights and weekends. The total hours worked each week will be 36 hours per week scheduled at Children’s. There will be some variation of numbers of hours per day and the number of days per week during the first weeks. However, you will not work more than 40 hours in a week and not more than 12 hours in one day. In a given week you will have a mix of 2 clinical days with a preceptor and 2 scheduled days of class time. You are required to work full-time during the first two years of the Nurse Residency Program.

When the clinical rotation weeks are completed, you will be placed in your home unit and you will work primarily 12 hour shifts during unit orientation with the exception of designated days for classroom instruction. There are regularly scheduled education sessions that all nurse residents are expected to attend during their first year of employment.

What if I can’t work the schedule of my assigned preceptor?

The nurse resident will have the best possible experience in working with an assigned preceptor. Research has shown that multiple preceptor assignments have a negative impact on learner success in orientation. Both the preceptor and orientee will be discouraged from multiple schedule changes.

Can I work a second job during the Nurse Residency Program?

A second job is not recommended because the Nurse Residency Program requires flexibility in scheduling and always requires a fresh mind to process and retain new information.

If I am hired into the Nurse Residency Program, will I be paid and eligible for benefits?

Yes. Nurse Residents are considered full-time employees and are eligible to receive benefits and vacation, sick and paid holidays after the accrual period. Detailed information regarding benefits for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center employees will be reviewed at the time of interview.

Can I take personal leave while in the Nurse Residency Program?

You may not take personal leave during the clinical rotation (first 7 weeks) or during any unit-specific orientation.

Do you offer shift and weekend differentials in the Nurse Residency Program?

Yes. Shift differentials are offered for evening, night, and weekend shifts.

After being placed in a specific unit, what shift will I work?

In general, newly hired nurses are placed on the night shift. Depending on the staffing needs of the unit, there may be other shift opportunities available.

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