There are unique challenges that nursing graduates or nurses looking for a transition to pediatrics are facing in our world today. It is why CHOC Children’s RN Residency in Pediatrics Program is committed to insuring the education, specialized training, and support to assist you into transitioning into a successful, competent, confident pediatric nurse.
CHOC Children’s is a 268-bed Magnet hospital, Gold Level CAPE Award winner from the California Council for Excellence and named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2012-2013). We are a tertiary-level, state-of-the-art regional children's hospital. With our strong reputation in further advancing the health and well-being of children, CHOC and the RN Residency Program provides an environment of personal growth and professional development that suits the new nursing graduate or transition nurse.
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. The Program utilizes the Versant program as a foundation as well as the following outcomes:
- 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.
- Advocates for patient, patient’s family, and self.
- Integrates theoretical knowledge and past situations with clinical experiences to build upon their knowledge base.
- Participates in new opportunities at CHOC to grow both professionally and clinically.
- Builds a network of professional relationships
- Exemplifies the leadership skills they gained through the RN Residency Program by pursuing leadership and professional opportunities at CHOC and the nursing profession as a whole.
The RN Resident accomplishes these outcomes through the following components:
- Precepting: One on one precepting with a trained preceptor to give you the personalized learning that you need to succeed.
- Didactic Curriculum : Evidence Based information, hands-on training, presentations from content experts, and leadership building opportunities all assist in growing your knowledge base and making you a leader at the bedside.
- Mentoring: A person devoted to your professional growth and development but also provide a non-judgmental environment for you to
- “Bear All” Groups: This is a completely confidential time period when you reflect and discuss your practice, your challenges, your successes, and learn about self-care and coping mechanisms.
- Looping This is an opportunity for you to experience different areas of the organization that a patient from your home unit would transfer to as well as meet other Associates.
- Feedback/Evaluations: Not only do you receive feedback on the job in real time, but 3-4 progress meeting sessions occur during the 20 weeks. These meetings are a time to reflect on your achievements and your goals to insure you are on track to becoming a successful independent competent pediatric nurse and the organization is meeting your needs.
- 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.