Thank you for your interest in CHOC Children’s as a place to begin your professional nursing career. 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:
- Deliver 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 model CHOC Children’s Mission, Values, Vision, Strategic Goals, Care Model and Nursing Philosophy.
- Advocate for patient, patient’s family and self.
- Integrate theoretical knowledge and past situations with clinical experiences to build upon knowledge base.
- Participate in new opportunities at CHOC to grow both professionally and clinically.
- Build a network of professional relationships.
- Exemplify 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:
One-on-one, hands-on clinical preceptorship with CHOC nurses on the resident’s home unit.
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 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 resident to take ownership of their learning and become active participants. This environment creates the start of lifelong learning.
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 provides guidance in the 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 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 provides the 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 resident gains a “global view” of CHOC. The resident sees how these areas relate to their scope of practice and are able to meet associates outside of their home unit.
The 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 resident’s experience. The RN Residency department routinely collects feedback from the 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.