Nurse Residency Programs

You have finished school, passed your exams, and earned your coveted Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. And now it’s time for residency.

If you are interested in pursuing a residency in pediatric nursing, you’re in the right place.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is a Magnet-recognized hospital. Our Nurse Residency Program program assists new graduate nurses in their transition from student to professional RN by providing the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to begin a successful career in pediatric nursing.

Throughout the Nurse Residency Program, you will participate in several different types of learning experiences, including classroom lectures, structured computer-based learning, case studies, and clinical experiences that incorporate simulations and hands-on technical skill development.

Residency Tracks

We offer two different residency tracks for you to choose from:

The Hospital/Home Healthcare Track

The Hospital/Home Healthcare Track provides experience in home healthcare and in hospital inpatient departments, including NICU, PICU, and medical/surgical areas.

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The Ambulatory Track

The Ambulatory Track provides experience in our Specialty Pediatric Center, which houses our outpatient specialty clinics, and at Children’s Physicians primary care offices throughout the metro area.

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Each program offers the nurse resident pediatric specific classroom education and time with a preceptor learning pediatric nursing skills. Ambulatory rotational clinical experiences are 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 students and clinical experiences that incorporate simulations and hands-on technical skills development.

Matching Process & Specialty Areas

Home Health Care and hospital nurse residents will be hired into a full time position in areas based on the number of open positions available and based on the applicant’s interests. Ambulatory nurse residents will be hired into a full time position and matched to a specialty area based on the amount of positions available, input from area preceptors and educators, and your interests and talents. While your preference is not guaranteed, it will certainly be considered.

Eligibility

We accept applications for the Nurse Residency Program from qualified individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • BSN completion prior to program start date.
  • Current employees enrolled in ASN/ADN program are eligible. Must commit to completing BSN within 3 years.
  • Minimum cumulative BSN College GPA of 3.0 for non-employees.
  • Minimum BSN College GPA waived for current Children’s employees at the time of application.
  • Successful NCLEX completion and possess an active nursing license in Nebraska or a compact state prior to program start date.
  • BLS certification through an AHA-approved course required prior to program start date.

If you are applying for a hospital, home healthcare, or ambulatory nursing position at Children’s, and have less than 6 months of experience, you will also be required to complete the Nurse Residency Program.

Application & Interview Process

Application

Completing an application is a two-part process.

STAGE 1: Complete initial application online at ChildrensOmaha.org. Select the Nurse Resident posting to apply. Candidates will be invited to submit an on-demand video interview and upload their resume. Program focus interest will be evaluated in a survey to identify a preference for Ambulatory, Hospital or Home Healthcare positions.

If the candidate indicates an interest in Hospital or Home Healthcare track, the candidate will indicate their top five choices of areas to directly match to:

  • Hospital Choices: CARES/PACU; ED; Float Pool; Medical/Surgical Units, NICU, OR, PICU, Short Stay Unit/Cardiac Care.
  • Home Healthcare Choices: Visiting Nurses; Private Duty Homecare

STAGE 2: If selected to advance, the candidate will be invited to submit a minimum of two or more individuals for reference; one of which must be from a clinical faculty member for application completion. Official school transcripts from the BSN program will be requested at the time of interview.

We accept applications several months before the hire date:

  • Applications for spring hire are accepted in August
  • Applications for summer hire are accepted in January
  • Applications for fall hire are accepted in February

Interview

We screen all of our applications carefully. If you have been approved as a potential candidate, you will be invited to interview for the nurse resident position. We will discuss your personal interests and your preferred track at the interview.

Interviews typically last up to 45 minutes. They are conducted in a group setting, led by the Nurse Residency Program steering team. Candidates will be asked to bring their BSN transcripts to the interview.

Important Dates

The following are application due dates, interview dates, final hiring decision deadlines, and residency start dates for 2020:

MAY GRADS – SUMMER 2019

Stage 1 applications accepted: Dec 3rd, 2018 – Jan 11, 2019

Stage 2 applications accepted: Jan 21st – Feb 8th, 2019

Interview with select candidates: Feb 18th – Mar 1st, 2019

Final decisions for hiring: Mar 11th, 2019

Start Date: June 24th, 2019

AUGUST GRADS – FALL 2019

Stage 1 applications accepted: Feb 18th – Mar 8th, 2019

Stage 2 applications accepted: Mar 18th – April 5th, 2019

Interview with select candidates: April 15th – 26th, 2019

Final decisions for hiring: May 3rd, 2019

Start Date: Sept 30th, 2019

DECEMBER GRADS – SPRING 2020

Stage 1 applications accepted: Aug 12th – 30th, 2019

Stage 2 applications accepted: Sept 10th – 30th, 2019

Interview with select candidates: Oct 7th – 18th, 2019

Final decisions for hiring: Oct 25th, 2019

Start Date: Feb 17th, 2020

MAY GRADS – SUMMER 2020

Stage 1 applications accepted: Oct 28th – Nov 15th, 2019

Stage 2 applications accepted: Nov 25th – Dec 13th, 2019

Interview with select candidates: Jan 6th – 17th, 2020

Final decisions for hiring: Jan 31st, 2020

Start Date: June 22nd, 2020

AUGUST GRADS – FALL 2020

Stage 1 applications accepted: Feb 24th – Mar 13th, 2020

Stage 2 applications accepted: Mar 23rd – Apr 10th, 2020

Interview with select candidates: April 20th – May 1st, 2020

Final decisions for hiring: May 8th, 2020

Start Date: Sept 21st, 2020

Contact

Please call 402-955-6000 or email recruiter@childrensomaha.org for more information about the Nurse Residency Program.

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