Our RN Residency Program is a 20 week program with start dates in February and August that is specifically customized to meet the requirements of the new nursing graduate to be successfully transitioned to becoming a professional pediatric nurse. CHOC participates in the Versant RN Residency Program. Upon graduation the RN Resident will have successfully accomplished the following:
- Delivering safe, independent timely nursing care and practice according to the Nurse Practice Act, Family Centered Care, and CHOC’s policies, procedures, and standards of care.
- Role modeling CHOC Children’s Mission, Values, Vision, Strategic Goals, Care Model, and Nursing Philosophy.
- Advocating for patient, patient’s family, and self.
- Integrating theoretical knowledge and past situations with clinical experiences to build upon their knowledge base.
- Participating in new opportunities at CHOC to grow both professionally and clinically.
- Building a network of professional relationships
- Exemplifiying the leadership skills gained through the RN Residency Program by pursuing leadership and professional opportunities at CHOC and the nursing profession as a whole.
The following components are in place to assist the RN Resident in successfully completing the RN Residency:
- Precepting: One on one, hands on clinical preceptorshi[ with CHOC nurses on the residents home unit.
- Pediatric Curriculum: The Residency provides a pediatric didactic curriculum that covers all aspects of pediatric nursing. The classes are taught by subject matter experts and provide information that is both current and relevant to the RN Resident’s clinical experience. Presentations incorporate family centered care, skills lab, critical thinking, case studies, evidenced based practice, assessments, leadership, professionalism, and nursing excellence. A variety of teaching methods stimulates the RN Resident to take ownership of their learning and become active participants. This environment creates the start of life-long learning.
- Mentor Program: The role of the mentor is non-evaluative and separate from that of the preceptor and reflection facilitator. He or she is a supportive person in times of stress and doubt but also provide guidance in the RN Resident’s professional career. They offer expert assistance and support throughout the Residency Program and provide follow up support for 6 months following the program.
- “Bear All” Groups: The purpose is to allow the RN Resident an opportunity to express thoughts, feelings, and emotions about their experiences during the program in a safe and non-judgmental environment. These experiences include working with a sick child, dealing with families, taking care of a dying child, having a manger that is perceived as non-supportive, preceptor issues, etc.
- Looping: Looping provides the RN Resident with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of what a patient from their unit experiences from admission, discharge and follow-up. From observations, participation, and completions of objectives, the RN Resident gains a “global view” of CHOC. The RN Resident sees how these areas relate to their scope of practice and provides them a chance to meet Associates outside of their home unit.
- Feedback/Evaluations: The RN Resident is routinely provided with feedback on his/her progress within the program, which is used to assess his/her educational needs and to customize the RN Resident’s experience. The RN Residency department routinely collects feedback from the RN Residents, directors, managers, clinical nurse specialists, unit educators, preceptors, and mentors regarding all aspects of the program to further develop and continue the program’s success.
- Promotional opportunities upon completion of the Residency
- Generous shift differentials
- Retirement plan, including tax-deferred savings
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Comprehensive, flexible employee benefits package
- Medical, dental and vision insurance
- Paid time off upon completion of the Residency
Surgical Post-Op Unit
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital
How many hours per week do the RN Residents work?
This is a full time position that requires 68-80 hours per pay period (pay periods are 2 weeks) for the full 20 weeks, including weekends. The hours fluctuate to accommodate didactic and clinical time.
This program is designed for the transitioning nurse with at least one year of acute care experience. Whether it be Adults to peds, or reentering the nursing field, this is the program for you. This is an 8-10 week precepted program. It usually runs concurrently with the RN Residency and the applications are posted at the same time as the RN Residency applications.
This program is posted on the CHOC Career website as "'Clinical Nurse II-Fellowship'
BSN Degrees are preferred.