At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, we strive to provide nurses with excellent, comprehensive, education and training. We are committed to ensuring that you are part of a program that meets your individual needs and interests.
That is why our Nurse Residency Program offers two tracks for residents to choose from: Ambulatory or Hospital. The Ambulatory Track is for graduate nurses who have an Associate or Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and are looking to practice pediatric nursing in an outpatient specialty or primary care setting.
Program Structure & Curriculum
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.
The program is divided into two phases:
Upon hire, you will complete new orientation for employees and attend our skills validation course in our clinical skills lab. You will spend time each week working with a preceptor as you rotate through different areas, including the Specialty Pediatric Center clinics and Children’s Physicians’ primary care offices. This is to help you identify which location is the best fit for your future practice, and also helps the departments identify which residents are the best fit for their teams.
The Nurse Resident Program is offered in monthly cohort meetings throughout the first year. Content for year 1 of the program focuses on incorporating these key concepts into your practice:
- Family-centered care
- Pediatric growth and development
- Nursing care for common conditions
Program activities are engaging using case studies, simulation, and creative learning such as an escape room. All activities promote the development of your critical thinking skills to anticipate pediatric patient care needs. Each cohort meeting includes time for debriefing and coping skills. Support is a key element in developing self-assurance.
Phase 2 begins when you are matched into a specific area. You may be matched into the Specialty Care Center or one of our Children’s Physicians locations.
Shifts are on weekdays, with occasional Saturdays and extended hours (through 7 p.m.) in certain offices. If you are assigned the Council Bluffs location, there are some shifts that go until 10 p.m.
Matching Process & Areas Of Specialty
Ambulatory nurse residents can be placed into one of our specialty pediatric clinics or our Children’s Physicians primary care offices.
Children’s has the largest group of specialty pediatric providers in Nebraska, located at the main campus, 8200 Dodge St. Offering over 50 specialty services, we see a large variety of patients including patients who have multiple special health needs requiring complex care. Five of those specialties are currently U.S. News & World Report ranked.
Specialty Pediatric (SPC) Clinics:
- Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- Autism Diagnostic Clinic
- Cardiac Care
- Children’s Development Clinic (CDC)
- Children’s Advocacy Team
- Craniofacial Clinic
- Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
- Endocrinology & Diabetes
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
- Helmet Clinic
- Hematology & Oncology
- Infectious Disease
- Metabolic Bone & Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic
- Metabolic Management
- Neurology & Neurosurgery
- Sports Medicine
- Weight Management (HEREOS)
- Specialty Pediatric Center (SPC) Flex Team: These nurses cover more than 50 clinics in the SPC on Children’s main campus, as well as at our outreach clinics in Omaha, Lincoln, and Sioux City. They also fill in staffing gaps throughout the SPC.
If you are matched into a Children’s Physicians office, you will work with pediatricians and nurse practitioners to provide pediatric primary care. You may be matched at one of the following locations:
- Council Bluffs
- Creighton University Medical Center
- Eagle Run
- Embassy Park
- Mission Village
- Spring Valley
- UNMC 982167 Nebraska Medical Center
- Val Verde
- West Village Point
- Learn more about eligibility and the application process.
- Contact [email protected] for more information.