How do I apply?
Apply online. Applications are accepted in August for the spring start; in January applications will be accepted for the summer start; and April applications will be accepted for the fall start. This is considered stage I in the process.
Can I apply for the Nurse Residency Program before I pass my NCLEX exam?
Yes. The new graduate BSN nurse may apply for the program prior to the completion of the NCLEX exam. Prior to starting employment at Children's, you must possess a valid Nebraska or Compact Registered Nurse license.
What is involved in stage II of the application process?
Based on established criteria, selected candidates will be asked to complete stage two of the nurse resident application process which involves submitting the following information:
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be a clinical faculty member using the form that will be provided to you
- Official school transcript from BSN program; GPA must be 3.0 or higher
Must commit to work full-time during the first year of Nurse Residency Program
When and how will I be notified if I advance in the process?
If selected for an interview, you will be contacted via phone to schedule your interview time with the Nurse Residency Steering Team. In the event you are not selected for an interview, you will be notified via email.
Should the application packet include the official transcript?
Yes. Even though transcripts can be retrieved online, we only accept official transcripts. The transcripts will need to be in a sealed envelope and included with the nurse resident's application packet. We also accept official e-mailed transcripts directly from the school.
What is the interview format?
The interview will last up to 60 minutes and be conducted by the Nursing Residency Program Steering Team. All candidates will be asked to give a five-minute presentation on a recent independent school project and related outcome. The presentation should focus on individual work and not a group project. Visuals can include Power Point, a poster board or other media appropriate to share the presentation.
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 employees will be reviewed at the time of interview. Click here for an overview of benefits.
If hired into the Nurse Residency Program, what shifts and/or hours will I work?
For the first seven 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 few 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 two clinical days with a preceptor and two scheduled days of class time. You're required to work full-time during the first year of the program.
When the clinical rotation weeks are completed, you'll be placed in your home unit and will work primarily 12-hour shifts during unit orientation, with the exception of designated days for classroom instruction. There are regularly scheduled educational sessions that all nurse residents are expected to attend during their first year of employment.
What is "placement" in the Nurse Residency Program?
Each unit will determine how many positions will be available in the nurse residency program. At the end of the first phase (rotational clinical experiences) of the residency, the nurse resident's unit preference and input provided by unit preceptors and educators determine where the nurse resident will be matched. The nurse resident's preference is not guaranteed, but will be considered. Nurse residents are asked to select their top three desired units to work in. Successful completion of phase I of the residency program guarantees employment in one of the residency nursing units.
Do you offer shift and weekend differentials while in the Nurse Residency Program?
Yes. Shift differentials are offered for evening, night, weekend and holiday 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.
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 intern 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 program requires flexibility in scheduling and always requires a fresh mind to process and retain new information.
Can I take personal leave while in the Nurse Residency Program?
You may not take personal leave during the first seven weeks of clinical rotations or during unit-specific orientation.
If I have experience as a nurse, will I need to participate in the Nurse Residency Program?
If, upon application, the new graduate nurse possesses less than six months experience as an RN, the nurse must apply to the Nurse Residency Program. RN's who have one year or more of adult-care experience may be eligible for our Transition to Pediatrics Program.
Why does Children's only accept new graduates with a BSN preparation into the Nurse Residency Program?
These 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 t 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.