You have finished, school, passed your exams and earned your coveted Associate or 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.
We offer two different residency tracks for you to choose from:
The Hospital Track
The Hospital Track provides experience in hospital inpatient departments, including NICU, PICU, and medical/surgical areas.
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.
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.
Which Track Is Right For You?
Matching Process & Specialty Areas
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 to work in the Specialty Care Center or one of the Children’s Physician’s clinics. Both Specialty and Primary Care offer a short rotational process to provide experience in the areas with open positions. After the rotational process you will be matched to a clinic with an open position 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:
- Associate or Bachelor’s degree completion prior to program start date.
- 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.
- Interested candidates can apply in their Senior year of nursing school.
If you are applying for a hospital or ambulatory nursing position at Children’s, and have less than one year of experience, you will also be required to complete the Nurse Residency Program.
Application & Interview Process
Nurse Resident Applications are accepted throughout the year! Please check our career site for available open positions. Candidates are welcome to apply in their Senior year of nursing school.
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.
Nurse Residency Cohort Start Dates for 2023
New graduates will be offered a start date approximately 6 weeks post graduation to ensure time to complete the NCLEX examination process and nursing licensure. Alternate start dates can be negotiated at the time of offer. There are multiple nurse resident cohorts per year. Nurse residents will start in the next available cohort after their start date.
Please call 402-955-6000 or email [email protected] for more information about the Nurse Residency Program.