Nursing Residency Program

Children’s National Health System’s Pediatric Nurse Residency program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and “real-life” professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate registered nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.

Have questions about how to apply, find your answers in our FAQs.

Program Description

The paid Pediatric Nurse Residency is one-year long with three phases. The program is highly supportive, with sequential learning experiences including didactic classroom lectures, structured computer-based learning, case studies, and clinical experiences incorporating simulations and hands-on technical skill development.

Phase I (0-3 months) is considered the most intensive and rigorous. The first weeks consist of central and unit-based orientation. During Phase I the RN works with a primary preceptor to support clinical competency development. The curriculum includes an extensive array of content pertinent to the pediatric population, clinical skill and RN responsibility within the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Phase II (4-9 months) includes scheduled classroom meetings once every month. These meetings provide peer networking and support sessions, build clinical knowledge, define the professional registered nurse role and further refine clinical skill development. During this phase the RN will have the opportunity to select a "Clinical Challenge." The “Clinical Challenge” assignment is an opportunity for self exploration of a professional practice issue. Prior to completing Phase II the RN will have the opportunity to make a professional presentation to nursing peers.

Phase III (9-12 months) permits the RN to self direct three separate areas of concentrated learning activities to promote his/her professional development via shadow days. Phase III ends with an Evidence- based “Change Project” and presentation to peers and nursing leadership. This project introduces the RN to stakeholder theory and the application of stakeholders in a selected change project.


During the first three months of the program, the nursing intern and RN preceptor complete a bi- weekly customized goal and development plan. Informal talks between the staff development specialists, clinical instructors, clinical coordinators, clinical educators, and professional practice specialists provide feedback on areas of future growth.

Residency Benefits

  • Paid residency
  • Tuition reimbursement for academic advancement
  • Tuition for CPR, PALS, TNCC, ENPC, certification classes, and attendance at continuing education programs.
  • Monetary reward for RN's receiving specialty certification or Academic Advancement.
  • Dedicated hours to pediatric nursing content, professional development, peer support, and blended learning in a classroom setting
  • Dedicated hours to concentrated skill development in nine different clinical units in the hospital in small learning teams
  • One on one clinical precepted hours in the acute care clinical units
  • Personal Professional Portfolio membership
  • Weekly invitations to attend professional rounds with medical staff
  • Shared Leadership Council membership opportunities
  • Professional career advancement program

The Pediatric Nurse Residency program is offered twice a year. In 2014 the winter residency groups will start in March and the summer residency groups will start in September. Applications are accepted for posted positions in November, December and January of each year for the upcoming winter residency. Applications are accepted for posted positions starting in January for the upcoming summer residency. Positions are posted as they become available on each unit. New positions are posted on Wednesdays.

2016 start dates for our New Graduate Residency program:

  • January - Acute Care Residency
  • February - Critical Care Residency
  • March – NICU Residency
  • May - Acute Care Residency
  • July - Critical Care Residency
  • October - Acute Care Residency
  • November - Critical Care Residency

To apply, search our current openings for the RNI or RNI/II positions. Have questions about how to apply, find your answers in our FAQs.

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