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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

    The CCU is a new patient care model, opening in the Hubbard Center for Children in 2021. The CCU will be a 32 bed adaptable acuity unit, providing high quality care to all cardiac patients across the continuum from admission to discharge. The CCU nurse will care for patients with a primary cardiac diagnosis with acuity levels ranging from critically ill patients to those discharging home.

    The Cardiac Care Unit patient population includes patients requiring pre and post-surgical repair and/or heart catheterization, medical patients with heart failure, transplant, shock, pulmonary hypertension, and patients needing ECMO support.

    The most common cardiac patients are those that are pre and post-surgical repair and under a year of age. Right now, our cardiac patients are being cared for by our passionate CCU team in the current physical space (NICU, PICU, and 5MS). All of these patients and our team will all move over to the new CCU once open in the Hubbard Center for Children in 2021!

    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/PACU/SOU

    • CARES is a pre-op/post-op area that has 26 beds. This area is fast paced and staff provides care for all ages of children who are having surgery. The nurses in this area prepare patients for surgery and then discharge them home post-op when they are awake and ready.
    • PACU is a 10 bed unit where staff care for all ages of children in the immediate post-operative period. The patient- nurse ratio in this area is 1:1, as this is a critical time in the patient’s surgical stay. Once the patient is stable, they are transferred to the next level of care, whether that is back to CARES or to an inpatient area.
    • SOU is a 6 bed observation unit within the CARES department. Staff in this area care for surgical patients that need to have a longer or over-night post-operative stay. Most nurses in this department work in every phase of care for the surgical stay, so if you like variety, this is the place for you!
  • Children’s Outpatient Surgery Center - COSC

    This outpatient surgery center has 3 anesthetizing locations available for all healthy ASA 1-2 patients. This facility helps off set ENT, ophthalmology, urology, dental patients from the main hospital.
  • Emergency Department - ED

    The Emergency Department is 15-bed unit that cares for approximately 35,000 patients yearly. Our team cares for patients of all ages, with a wide variety of diagnoses and injuries. Our ED is a Verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, with nearly 1,000 trauma patients per year. If you are adaptable, thrive in a fluid and fast-paced environment, and love variety and challenge, you will be right at home!

    Our department provides high-level care to everything from the sickest of the sick to the well-child checks and everything in-between with a multidisciplinary team that is ready for whatever comes through the door, 24/7.

  • Inpatient Float Pool Team

    Do you enjoy caring for a variety of patients and continuously learning and expanding your skill set? Our inpatient float pool nurses care for patients in all areas of the hospital including the medical-surgical units, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, our level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, and occasionally in Short Stay. We are a large team that values teamwork, positivity, flexibility, and seeing new things every day.
  • 4 Med Surg

    This 24 bed unit focuses on caring for patients with respiratory distress, bronchiolitis, asthma, non-invasive ventilation needs, child abuse, failure to thrive, gastrointestinal issues, orthopedic issues, ear-nose-throat issues, osteogenesis imperfecta, cleft lip/palate, and any patient with general medical surgical needs.
  • 5 Med Surg

    This 24 bed unit focuses on caring primarily for patients with 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

    This 24 bed unit focuses on caring primarily for patients with hematology/oncology, cystic fibrosis, behavioral health/eating disorder, and endocrinology diagnoses, as well as, other general medical/surgical needs including non-invasive ventilation patients.
  • Newborn Intensive Care - NICU

    Our nationally recognized gold level Beacon Award winning NICU, is a 40-bed, Level IV unit that provides care to the region’s most critically ill and premature neonates. NICU nurses care for infants with a variety of complex medical and surgical needs. Common diagnoses include respiratory distress, pulmonary hypertension, sepsis, gastrointestinal disease, neurological defects, and congenital anomalies. NICU will continue to provide pre-op and post-op care to infants with cardiac disease who are 34 weeks gestation and less even when the CCU opens in 2021.
  • Operating Room - OR

    The OR schedules approximately 40-50 patients per day running 10-14 anesthetizing locations. A wide variety of surgical procedures are performed at our facility from ear tubes to heart transplantation. In the OR, the nurse provides care as a circulator but is also trained to scrub cases too! If you are someone that enjoys procedures and assisting with them, this would be a great fit for you.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU

    The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a nationally-recognized gold level Beacon Award unit. The 13-bed dual-unit is home to the most critical patients in the hospital. It is a unit that allows for diversity in patient type, experience, and skill set from: trauma, ECMO, intubated respiratory, neuro, and any patient that requires more frequent and intensive monitoring. It also contains a team that is passionate about teamwork, learning and education, and providing quality and safe patient care.

    The team is made up of nurses, a 24-hour in-house PICU intensivist, and many Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners that provide quality care. There are many challenging patient situations that occur in the PICU when caring for some of the sickest kiddos, but the ability to see a patient who came in coding get to transfer home or to a med/surg floor is something that is indescribable. That is the beauty of becoming a PICU nurse.

  • Children’s Physicians - CP

    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.
  • Short Stay Unit - SSU

    The SSU is an observation unit designed to care for pediatric patients with a well-defined set of specific clinical needs including ongoing short term treatment or evaluation with defined goals for discharge vs placement in the inpatient setting for further treatment. With a focus on the otherwise well child who has an acute medical problem, disposition will be determined within 24 hours.
  • Specialty Pediatric Center - SPC

    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
  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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