Nursing Careers

We’ve Got Open Arms For Those Who Embrace Our Passion

“There is nowhere else I would rather work than Children’s Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha. The work I do as a Clinical Education Specialist is valued, respected, and makes a difference for our staff and families. I feel so fortunate to work in a supportive and rewarding environment where I laugh and smile every day.”

—Mellisa MSN, RN, CPN, Specialty Pediatric Clinics

If caring for children touches your heart and your soul, you share our passion. That’s why you belong at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, the best place for kids. Our accolades and achievements include national rankings in the U.S. News & World Report Hospitals program, Most Connected Hospital, Beacon Award and Magnet designation. But our greatest reward is helping kids and their families enjoy a healthier, brighter future.

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Professional Development

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center believes strongly in supporting the professional development and educational needs of its nurses and employees.

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We offer an exceptional range of specialty opportunities, including:

  • Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)

    At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to growth and expansion that will allow us to not only continue to offer exceptional cardiac care, but also to increase our ability to offer that care to our patients in innovative ways.

    The Theodore F. Hubbard, M.D., Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) which will be located in the Hubbard Center for Children (set to open in 2021), is a key part of that commitment.

    Our ongoing dedication to quality, innovative care for our patients has led to Children’s being ranked 15th nationally in Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report as well as being a three-time magnet designated facility.

    How Will The CCU Be Different From Children’s Current Model Of Cardiac Care?

    The CCU will provide inpatient care for patients from 34 weeks gestation to 21 years of age with congenital or acquired heart disease. It will be a space that is solely dedicated to all levels of inpatient cardiac care, from admission through discharge. The 32-bed unit will follow an adaptable acuity care model, with all rooms capable of functioning as an intensive care unit or step-down unit.

    The CCU will be staffed by critical care physicians, advanced practice providers, and nurses 24 hours a day. The patient population will include cardiology and cardiothoracic surgical patients; pre- and post-surgical repair and/or heart catheterization patients; medical patients with heart failure, transplant, shock, or pulmonary hypertension; and patients needing ECMO support.

    Where Can I Apply To Work In The CCU?

    While the Hubbard Center for Children is still under construction, we are actively seeking CCU nursing staff members.

    Current openings can be found here.

    Learn more about the Hubbard Center for Children.


    CARES is a 32 bed unit caring for all ages of children who are preparing for surgery. Some patients return to this area after their initial recovery phase before they return home; PACU is a 10 bed unit caring for all ages of children in the immediate post-operative period. Same Day Surgery is a 6 bed unit within the CARES unit that cares for patients who need to stay a bit longer after surgery or need to have a procedure done.
  • ED

    The Emergency Department cares for all ages of patients with emergent needs in 2 rooms capable for resuscitation/trauma and 13 standard ED rooms.
  • 4 Med Surg

    A 24-bed unit caring for all ages, but has a focus for infant and toddlers. Diagnoses specific to this unit include: Respiratory distress and disease, Non-invasive ventilation, child abuse cases, ENT, GI services, and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
  • 5 Med Surg

    A 24-bed area caring primarily for patients with cardiac disease, telemetry needs, pre/post-op neurosurgery cases, pulmonary disease and respiratory care, trach-ventilators, non-invasive ventilation (HHF, CPAP, BiPAP), nephrology concerns and dialysis, spinal fusions, and any patient with general medical-surgical needs.
  • 6 Med Surg

    A 24-bed unit caring for primarily diabetics and hematology/oncology patients.
  • NICU

    As a Level IV NICU, this 40-bed unit provides care to the region’s most critically ill and premature neonates. NICU nurses care for infants with complex medical and surgical needs. Common NICU diagnoses include respiratory distress, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, gastrointestinal disease, and prematurity.
  • OR

    The Operating Room schedules approximately 40 to 50 patients per day, running 10 anesthetizing locations. Surgical care is provided for children of all ages.
  • PICU

    A 17-bed unit caring for all ages of patients who require critical care in the form of advanced cardiac or respiratory support.
  • CP - Children’s Physicians

    A group of board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners providing expert pediatric care at 15 offices throughout the Nebraska and western Iowa area, three with adjacent urgent care facilities. Ten offices have been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Children’s Physicians pediatricians hold themselves to levels of care that far surpass national quality of care standards in pediatrics. They maintain these outstanding credentials as the only pediatricians practicing in partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine’s pediatrics training program. For more information and pediatric resources for families, visit Children’s Physicians.
  • SPC - The Specialty Pediatric Center

    The largest outpatient specialty center in the region dedicated to meeting the unique needs of pediatric patients. At five stories tall and 135,000 square feet, the Specialty Pediatric Center is home to more than 30 pediatric-focused clinics that schedule more than 52,000 patient visits each year.

Tuition Reimbursement

Employees who pursue higher education are eligible for up to $2,500 tuition reimbursement each calendar year.

Tuition Loan Repayment Program

Full-time employees who have completed at least six months of continuous service in qualified positions are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in student loan repayment over the course of five years.

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Become A Part Of The Family

We are a premier provider of pediatric care with the feel of a family, where teamwork, camaraderie, friendly coworkers and a supportive leadership team make our workplace feel more like home. Here, you will enjoy autonomy, the respect of our world-class physicians, and the opportunity to advance your career and profession.

We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including full-time designation at 30 hours and certification pay. You’ll also appreciate the many amenities and convenience of our Omaha community.

Ready to embrace our passion and join our nursing team?

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“I just love that I can fly or drive throughout our region helping others care for sick children. I enjoy putting families at ease when arriving to care for their child. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a child’s eyes light up at the sight of the helicopter, plane, or ambulance. I truly have the best job around.”

—Angie, Transport RN

Awards And Recognition

  • ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®

    This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing, where nursing leaders successfully align their strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. Only 7% of healthcare organizations have earned this prestigious credential, and only 2.8% of US hospitals have achieved three or more designations. Children’s has been honored with Magnet® Recognition three consecutive times.

    Magnet® recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

    • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receival of discharge information
    • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue (when providers cannot prevent death after a complication, such as difficulty breathing after surgery)
    • Higher job satisfaction among nurses
    • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave positions
  • Level II - Verified Pediatric Trauma Center

    Provides 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons and specialists in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, and critical care. Children’s is the only Level II Center in Nebraska.
  • American Nurses Association: Recognized for excellence in Nursing Quality Indicators for Pediatric Hospitals

    The American Nurses Association created a national database for nursing quality indicators — a set of standards for evaluating nursing care. It also establishes links between health outcomes and nurse staffing characteristics (e.g., education level, turnover). Children’s was recognized for outstanding nursing quality, based on following these standards.

    Nurses are a key part of your child’s care. They administer care, communicate to physicians, provide comfort, and advocate for you and your child. That’s why we are honored to have received this recognition.

Learn more about the awards and recognition Children’s has received.

Nurse Residency Programs

The Children’s Nurse Residency Program assists 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.

There are two Nurse Residency tracks:

  1. Hospital/Home Healthcare
  2. Ambulatory (Outpatient Clinics)

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Transition to Pediatric Nursing Program

The program is tailored to nurses with a BSN who have worked a minimum of one year with the adult population. You will learn everything you need to know about becoming a pediatric nurse. By the end of the program, you will be eligible for national certification as a pediatric nurse.

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