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Nurse Residency Program

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Overview


Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is a Magnet-recognized hospital. We have created a program to assist new graduate nurses in their transition from student to professional RN with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to begin a successful career in pediatric nursing. This opportunity is available in patient care areas across the organization.

There are two Nurse Residency tracks to choose from:

Track 1: Hospital/Home Healthcare
The hospital/home healthcare nurse residency program will provide experience in hospital inpatient departments including NICU, PICU and medical/surgical areas, as well as home healthcare.

Track 2: Ambulatory (Outpatient Clinics)
The Ambulatory residency program provides experience in the Specialty Pediatric Clinic (our outpatient specialty clinics) and at Children’s Physicians primary care offices throughout the metro area.

Each program offers the nurse resident rotational clinical experiences in the pediatric setting and is designed to provide exposure to the patient demographic, environment and health care professional team in each area. Once an area is selected, the resident continues with area-specific orientation, gaining confidence and competence. In year two, nurse residents complete an evidence-based practice project of their choice. The program will culminate in eligibility to test for national certification as a pediatric nurse.

The program is designed to support nurse residents, with sequential learning experiences such as didactic classroom lectures, structured computer-based learning, case studies and clinical experiences that incorporate simulations and hands-on technical skill development.

Hospital/Home Healthcare Nurse Residency Track

Phase 1: Nurse residents attend 12 hours of class time per week to learn the essentials of pediatric nursing, including family-centered care; pediatric growth and development; pathophysiology and nursing care for common conditions; and professionalism topics. Additional time is spent each week rotating through different areas. The purpose is to help the nurse residents identify which location is the best fit for their future practice. At the same time, the departments will identify which residents are the best fit for their teams. Pediatric nursing skills are developed during these rotations as well. This phase covers the first seven weeks of the program.

Phase 2: After Match Day, nurse residents begin area-specific orientation. Specialty pediatric nursing skills are developed to help nurse residents become competent and confident in their nursing practice. Support is a key element in developing self-assurance. Throughout this phase, the nurse resident cohort convenes regularly to discuss education topics and coping skills as they transition to this new level of professionalism.

Ambulatory Nurse Residency Track

Phase 1: Nurse residents attend 12 hours of class time per week offered over three days per week. The purpose is to learn the essentials of ambulatory pediatric nursing, such as family-centered care; pediatric growth and development; pathophysiology and nursing care for common conditions; and professionalism topics. Additional time is spent each week rotating through different areas, including the Specialty Pediatric Center clinics and Children’s Physicians offices. The purpose is to help nurse residents identify which type of setting is the best fit for their future practice. At the same time, the departments will identify which residents are the best fit for their teams. Pediatric nursing skills are developed during these rotations as well.

Phase 2: After Match Day, nurse residents begin area-specific orientation. Pediatric nursing skills are developed, with the goal of the resident becoming competent and confident in their ambulatory nursing skills. Support is a key element in developing self-assurance. Throughout this phase, the nurse resident cohort convenes regularly to discuss education topics and coping skills as they transition to this new level of professionalism.

Year 2 for All Nurse Residents

During year two, all nurse residents will complete an evidence-based practice project on the topic of their choice to present to their cohort and area leaders. Many of these projects are implemented and make an impact on the quality of care provided to our patients.