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Nursing Residency Program

The Pediatric Nurse Residency Program at Children's National 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 Pediatric Nurse Residency program is offered twice a year 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.

The winter residency groups will start in February/March and the summer residency groups will start in August/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 late January for the upcoming summer residency. Positions are posted as they become available on each unit. Although the Residency program classes start at specific times during the year, new graduates are hired throughout the year with start dates determined by the individual units.

Access the program description and read more about our nursing careers at Children's National.

2019 Start Dates

  • September 2019 Critical Care Residency
  • September 2019 Acute Care Residency

2020 Start Dates

  • February/March 2020 Critical Care Residency
  • February/March 2020 Acute Care Residency
  • August/September 2020 Critical Care Residency
  • August/September 2020 Acute Care Residency


  • 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

How to Apply

To apply for the Pediatric Nurse Residency Program, search our current openings for the RNI positions.

Contact Information

For more information about the Pediatric Nurse Residency or how to apply, read our FAQs or email

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