Nursing at Children's National

Nursing at Children’s National Health System: Leading Change, Transforming Care

Linda TalleyMagnet Nursing


“The nurses at Children’s National are crafting ‘their story’ every day as they define and establish a foundation to lead and transform care for patients and families, achieve professional mastery, demonstrate exemplary patient care, and excel in nursing research and innovation toward the advancement of pediatric nursing.”

- Linda Talley, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

In 2010 Children’s National Health System attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® provides a framework for nursing care delivery thus being recognized as a Magnet® healthcare system benefits our patients and families, by driving improvements in patient outcomes.

Our Nurses speak to what Magnet® means to them:

  • "For me, working in a Magnet® facility allows the luxury of practicing my nursing skills with the support of a dedicated team of nurses, physicians, technologists and child life backed by nursing research. I feel there is no better place to receive care for children in the nation’s capital." –Theresa Fitzpatrick, RN,  AS, CPN, CCRN; RNIII; Anesthesia Supply; Magnet® Champion
  • "It means prestige, excellence, trustworthiness and pride which helps the nurses hold their heads up high as role models in a community of other hospitals and nurses". - Vera Okoye, RN, CPN, APHN-BC, CNS; RN III; Metabolic Disorders; Magnet® Champion
  • "Working in a Magnet® Hospital means working with the best nurses in Pediatrics who deliver evidence-based/best practice care in a patient/ family-centered care setting. Magnet® Nurses are supported and respected by leadership and all disciplines of the healthcare delivery team as being vital to the patient reaching his/her optimum level of well-being." – Audrey Scully, RN, BSN, CPN; Clinical Supervisor; Neurology Clinic; Magnet® Champion

Children’s National Nursing Mission

We provide nursing care that promotes wellness and leads to improved healthcare outcomes for children of the world and their families through the provision of preventive, evidence-based, innovative care...[More]


Our Environment and Inspiration

Nurses at Children’s work in a diverse, family-centered, collaborative environment that operates under a “Shared Leadership” model focusing on evidence-based nursing practice and research. Children’s nursing staff always aims to provide optimal care and achieve excellent patient outcomes in an error-free setting.

In 2010 Children’s National Health System attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

Nursing Research and Quality

Nursing at Children's is integral to the mission of Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education. We know what it takes to truly connect with kids.

Professional Growth and Development

We're committed to providing our team of nurses with the professional growth and development necessary to maintain the highest levels of care for our patients.

Nursing Careers

Nursing Career Opportunities

A career in pediatric nursing is special because of the amazing work done every day. It is all the more rewarding at Children’s, the largest private non-profit medical and research facility in the mid-Atlantic region dedicated exclusively to the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

School Nurse Program

Children’s School Services, Inc., will be recognized nationally as a best practices model for the delivery of the highest quality school health nursing services that are enhanced by collaboration with public and private sector partnerships including healthcare providers, government officials, educators, families, advocates, and youth.

Jeanne Ricks' Story

Jeanne Ricks

Jeanne Ricks, BSN, MS, RN, NE-BC, Director of Outpatient Nursing and Ambulatory Services in Children's National's Heart Institute, said she was meant to be a nurse.

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