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 is designed to give you rotational pediatric experience in the pediatric setting. It allows you to observe and work with patients from different demographics and environments, as well as healthcare professionals from across all areas of Children’s.

Once you have chosen your track, you will continue with area-specific orientation, gaining confidence and competence. In your second year, you will complete an evidence-based practice project of your choice. The program culminates in eligibility to test for national certification as a pediatric nurse.

Matching Process & Specialty Areas

All nurse residents who complete Phase 1 are guaranteed employment in a specific nursing area at Children’s. We will determine the area you are matched into 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.


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

  • Completed a BSN from an NLN accredited program prior to the employment start date (Note: Applications will be accepted for students in their final semester of their BSN program)
  • Earned a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  • Successfully completed the NCLEX exam
  • Possess an active nursing license in Nebraska or a compact state prior to the employment start date in the Nurse Residency Program

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


Completing an application is a two-part process.

During Stage 1, you will complete an initial application online through Careerlink. Select the “Nurse Resident” job posting to apply. You will be invited to submit an on-demand video interview and upload a resume.

In Stage 2, you will receive an email inviting you to enter your reference names and contact information into the online reference check tool (Healthcare Source). One reference must be from a clinical faculty member (instructor). You will also need to submit official school transcripts from your BSN program.

We accept applications several months before the hire date:

  • Applications for spring hire are accepted in September
  • Applications for summer hire are accepted in January
  • Applications for fall hire are accepted in April or May


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. You will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation on a recent independent and individual (not group) school project and related outcome. Visuals can include a PowerPoint presentation, a poster board, or other media appropriate to share the presentation.

Important Dates

The following are application due dates, interview dates, final hiring decision deadlines, and residency start dates for 2019:

Spring 2019

Stage 1 applications accepted: Sept 9-27, 2018
Stage 2 applications accepted: Oct 7-25, 2018
Interviews for select candidates: Nov 4-15, 2018
Final decisions for hiring: Nov 25, 2018
Start Date: Feb 18, 2019

Summer 2019

Stage 1 applications accepted: Dec 3-21, 2018
Stage 2 applications accepted: Jan 14-Feb 1, 2019
Interviews for select candidates: Feb 11-22, 2019
Final decisions for hiring: Mar 1, 2019
Start Date: June 24, 2019

Fall 2019

Stage 1 applications accepted: Apr 8-26, 2019
Stage 2 applications accepted: May 6-24, 2019
Interviews for select candidates: June 3-14, 2019
Final decisions for hiring: June 21, 2019
Start Date: Sept 30, 2019


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

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