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rnresidencylogo Thank you for your interest in CHOC Children’s as a place to begin your professional nursing career. We know that you have been waiting for an update on our RN Residency Program and appreciate your patience as we finished assessing our vacancy and needs. At this time, we have decided to postpone our August 2014 RN Residency Cohort and have not yet determined the future date when it will be rescheduled. We continue to value the many significant contributions that nurses make as a part of our patient and family centered care, so making this decision has been a difficult one. We truly appreciate your interest in our organization and we regret the inconvenience this decision may cause you.

We wish you the best in your job search and longer term success in your nursing career. Thank you again for your time and interest in CHOC Children’s and we hope you will consider CHOC again in your future.

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.

 CHOC Registered Dietitian (RD) Pediatric Residency Program Brochure

Additional benefits of this paid Residency include:

  • 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

Choose from the following pediatric specialty areas:

Medical Unit
Surgical Post-Op Unit
Neuroscience Unit
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Hematology/Oncology Unit
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital

Frequently asked questions about the RN Residency:

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.

Will I be working weekends and holidays?
Yes, each Resident follows the schedule of the preceptor. The schedule is provided to the Resident by the unit they work on. The Resident works with the preceptors schedule with the exception of paid holidays.
Do I get vacation time during my Residency?
Residents are expected to attend their classes and follow their preceptors’ schedule. Therefore, any long weekend vacations must be scheduled around class days, as well as the schedules provided by their departments. Flexibility is very important. The leadership and management team will assist the Residents as best as possible to meet occasional scheduling needs.
The RN Residents are eligible to request extended vacations once the 20-week orientation period has concluded and they have accrued an adequate amount of PTO to cover their time off.
What time and scheduling commitments are involved with the Residency Program?
Number of days per week: varies from week to week depending on number of unit classes and Residency classes, but generally for the first 4 months plan on 4 days per week between classes and time on the unit. For the last 2 months - 3 days per week, mostly on the unit.
Flexibility is very important. The units and RN Residency staff will assist you as much as possible to meet occasional scheduling needs. Each unit provides a unique educational experience that involves day and night shifts.
How many nurses are in each residency cohort (class)?
The number of residents depends on the current hospital needs.
Once I complete the Residency program, what shift will I be working?
Residents will continue working full-time and shifts will depend on the units they work in. This is usually decided upon towards the end of the Residency, based on the units needs.
What benefits does the Residency program offer?
All benefits that are associated with a new hire apply to the RN Residency Program as well.
What is the RN Residency hourly pay rate?
The beginning hourly rate for the RN Resident is the same as a Clinical I RN. Your Unit Director has the exact figures and will spend time with you discussing your individual pay.
What is the Fellowship program?
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.

Application Information
Applicants are limited to 1 unit application per person, so please choose carefully. Applicants will receive an automated email from Human Resources confirming receipt of their application.
Applications are initially reviewed by Human Resources (for application completeness & content and to verify qualifications).  The most qualified candidates are then forwarded to the specific Department the candidate selected for additional review and consideration.  From this pool of candidates, the Department will make their selections and will then contact candidates directly to schedule interviews.
Once interviews are complete the hiring department will select the candidates they wish to hire and make an informal offer. Once positions are filled, applicants not selected will receive an email from Human Resources.
Who can answer any further questions I have regarding the RN Residency and or the Fellowship?
To learn more about CHOC Children’s RN Residency Program and up to date information regarding application status, please call 714-509-4749.

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