Transition To Pediatric Nursing Program: Adult To Pediatric Nursing

When you have been working as a nurse for adult patients, switching to the pediatric population can feel like you’re entering a new world. You will find that children aren’t mini adults – they have different medical and psychosocial needs, and their own way of communicating those needs. At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, we don’t want you to enter that world alone. That’s why we have developed a specialized program designed to help with the transition from adult to pediatric nursing.

The Transition to Pediatrics Program is tailored to staff who have worked a minimum of one year with the adult population but have little to no experience working with the pediatric population. It is designed to teach you everything you need to know about becoming a pediatric nurse.

The program includes two consecutive days of paid coursework as well as unit-specific clinical orientation with a preceptor and orientation in a skills lab setting. This structure is designed to help you understand the differences between nursing care of adults and children by providing you with both knowledge and clinical experience.

In order to join the program, you must apply for and be hired into an open position within the organization that participates in the Transition Program. Examples of areas that participate in the program are as follows:

  • 4 Med Surg: 24-bed unit caring for primarily infants and toddlers
  • 5 Med Surg: 24- bed unit caring for intermediate level and primarily cardiac patients
  • 6 Med Surg: 24-bed unit caring for diabetic and hematology/oncology patients
  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU): 40-bed unit caring for preterm and sick newborns
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): 19-bed unit caring for intense, acutely ill patients of all ages
  • Flex Team: Nurses who care for patients at any location within the inpatient areas
  • Emergency Department (ED): 15 total beds for patients with emergent needs
  • CARES/PACU/Operating Room (Surgical Services): Prepares patients for surgery and recovery from anesthesia as well as working with the surgical team to care for patients during an operative procedure
  • Short Stay Unit (SSU): 9-bed unit caring for all patients with a length of stay of 24 hours or less
  • Home Health Visiting Nurses: Provide in-home visit to patients and families for care and teaching related to a child’s illness
  • Private Duty Home Care: Provide in-home care to children with complex chronic conditions that require additional advanced care in the home
  • Urgent Care: There are 4 different Urgent Care locations within the Omaha community that provide urgent, but not emergent, care for pediatric patients after business hours and on the weekends

The program is offered every other month to ensure timely delivery of the content during the first month of your employment. If you have some pediatric experience but would like more information, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with one of our educators to assess your level of knowledge and develop an individualized unit orientation program built on your prior experience.


There is no formal application process for the Transition to Pediatrics Program. Once you have been hired into a participating unit, you will be automatically enrolled.

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Coursework & Curriculum

As part of the program, you will participate in 2 consecutive days of coursework. Classes will be held every other month and are pre-scheduled for the entire year. Courses are designed around a blended-learning curriculum, which combines multiple teaching methods such as web-based learning, lectures, skills practice stations, case studies and pediatric mock code review with a simulator.

You will work with a preceptor on your unit in addition to the classes. The length of orientation will be customized to your needs and the planned orientation for each unit. In most cases, unit-specific orientation will continue after the completion of the coursework.

Course content includes:

  • A detailed review of pediatric body systems and related conditions
  • Family-centered care
  • Growth and development
  • Communicating with children at various age groups
  • Quality components
  • Managing a broad range of caregiver emotional needs including survival skills, caregiver stress, coping and grief

Course Dates & Times

Classes are always held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on the following dates:

  • February 19th & 20th
  • April 8th & 9th
  • June 24th & 25th
  • August 5th & 6th
  • October 7th & 8th
  • December 16th & 17th


There is no cost to participate in the program. You will be paid your usual pay and benefits during all times in the program, including the classroom coursework.


For more information on the Transition to Pediatric Nursing Program, call 402-955-6000 or email


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