Nurse Residency Program At Children’s: Hospital/Home Healthcare Track

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 three tracks for residents to choose from: Ambulatory or Hospital or Home Healthcare. The Hospital & Home Healthcare Tracks are for graduate nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and are looking to practice pediatric nursing in a hospital setting.

These tracks provide experience in home healthcare and in hospital inpatient departments, including the Cardiac Care Unit, Emergency Department, hospital flex team, NICU, PICU, medical/surgical areas and the surgical areas of CARES/PACU and the Operating Room.

Home Healthcare and hospital nurse residents are hired directly to a specific area.

Learn more about our Ambulatory Track.

Program Structure & Curriculum

These tracks provide experience in home healthcare and in hospital inpatient departments, including the Cardiac Care Unit, Emergency Department, hospital flex team, NICU, PICU, medical/surgical areas and the surgical areas of CARES/PACU and the Operating Room. It is divided into two phases:

Phase 1

Phase 1 is a 7-week program. Each week, you will have a mix of two clinical days with a preceptor and two scheduled days of class time (12 hours per week). You are required to work full time during the first 2 years of the program.

During Phase 1, you will learn the essentials of pediatric nursing, including:

  • Family-centered care
  • Pediatric growth and development
  • Pathophysiology and nursing care for common conditions
  • Professionalism

You will also spend time each week working with your area-specific preceptor.

During Phase 1, you will need to be available to work either days or nights and weekends, for a total of 36 hours per week. While there may be some variation in the number of hours per day and the number of days worked per week during the first few weeks, you will never work more than 40 hours in a week or more than 12 hours in one day.

Phase 2

At the end of the first seven weeks the nurse resident continues working full time with an area-specific preceptor to complete the orientation process. Support is a key element in developing self-assurance. Throughout this phase, the nurse resident cohort convenes regularly to discuss education topics and coping skills as they transition to this new level of professionalism.

You will work primarily 12-hour shifts, with the exception of a few designated days for classroom instruction. There are also regularly scheduled educational sessions and cohort meetings which you will be expected to attend during the first year of employment.

Specific hours and shifts depend on your placement area:

  • Hospital-based: You will generally work 36 hours per week on the night shift. Depending on the staffing needs of the area, there may be other shift opportunities available.
  • Home healthcare: You will work 36 hours per week over four shifts. On-call availability is required
  • Private duty in-home: You will work 36 hours per week. The schedule is primarily nights, but it is dependent on the family’s needs. Typically, a combination of 8- and 12-hour shifts are available.


Hospital-based areas for matching include:


    • CARES is a 32-bed unit for children preparing for surgery. Some patients return to this area after their initial recovery phase before they return home.
    • PACU is a 10-bed unit for children in the immediate postoperative period.
    • Same Day Surgery is a 6-bed unit within the CARES unit for patients who need to stay a bit longer after surgery, or who are waiting for a procedure.
  • ED

    The Emergency Department is a 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 everyone 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.

  • FLEX Team

    This covers all inpatient areas, including general medical/surgical care, our Level II Trauma Center, our nationally recognized Gold Level Beacon Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and our Gold Level Beacon Level IV NICU.
  • 4 Med/Surg

    A 24-bed area caring primarily 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

    A 24-bed area caring primarily for patients with cardiac disease, telemetry needs. 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

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

    As a Gold Level Beacon Level IV NICU, this 40-bed unit provides care to the region’s most critically ill and premature newborns. NICU nurses care for infants with complex medical and surgical needs. Common NICU diagnoses include respiratory distress, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, gastrointestinal disease, and prematurity.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU)

    This Gold Level Beacon Award PICU is a 19-bed unit caring for patients of all ages who require critical care in the form of advanced cardiac or respiratory support.
  • Operating Room (OR)

    The OR schedules approximately 40 to 50 patients per day, running 10 anesthetizing locations. Surgical care is provided for children of all ages.

Home Healthcare

Home healthcare nurses may be matched into two areas:

  • Home health nurses provide intermittent home visits for skilled intervention, assessment of physical, psychosocial, educational, and environmental needs, and appropriate post-hospitalization follow-up. Home health visits include:
    • Phototherapy for neonatal jaundice
    • Enteral nutrition/formula and equipment
    • Intravenous/infusion medications
    • Injectable medications
  • Private duty in-home nurses care for medically fragile or technologically dependent-infants and children right in their homes. They manage a child’s complex care needs by working in partnership with parents, caregivers, and physicians. The goal is to provide parents and caregivers the skills to manage their child’s care.

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