Careers at Children's

Nurse Residency Program

Children’s has developed a program to assist new BSN graduate nurses in their transition from student to professional RN with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to begin a successful career in pediatric nursing. This opportunity is available in patient care areas across the organization. New graduate nurses can apply for a Hospital/Home Healthcare or Ambulatory Nurse Residency position. Each program offers the nurse resident rotational clinical experiences in the pediatric areas designed to give the new graduate exposure to the patient demographic, environment and health care professional team in various service lines. Once a primary service area is selected, the nurse resident continues with area-specific orientation, gaining confidence and competence. In year two, nurse residents complete an evidence-based practice project of their choice.

The program is highly supportive, with sequential learning experiences including didactic classroom lectures, structured computer-based learning, case studies, and clinical experiences incorporating simulations and hands-on technical skill development.

Eligibility:
BSN completion prior to program start date
• Minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
• Successful NCLEX completion and possess an active nursing license in Nebraska or a compact state prior to program start date

Application & Interview Process
New graduate nurses can apply at the end of their senior year for a Hospital/Home Healthcare or Ambulatory Nurse Residency position. Dates applications are accepted:
• September for the spring hire;
• January for the summer hire and
• April-May for fall hire

Stage 1: Complete initial application online via Careerlink; select either the Staff RN-Resident-Hospital/Home Healthcare or Staff RN Resident-Ambulatory job posting to apply. Candidates will be hired into one position. Candidates who apply to both programs will go through two separate, but similar selection processes. Applicants are encouraged to apply to a single program of interest.

Stage 2: If eligibility criteria are met for the Nurse Residency Program, candidate will be asked to submit the following: • Two letters of recommendation; one of which must be from a clinical faculty member using the form provided • Official school transcripts from BSN program • Resumé

Hospital and Home Healthcare Nurse Residency

Rotational Areas Included:
• Hospital: Emergency Department; Float Pool; Medical/Surgical Units; NICU; PICU; Short Stay Unit; Surgical Services Areas – CARES/PACU & OR;
• Home Health Care: Visiting Nurses; Private Duty Homecare

Phase 1:
• Classroom instruction provided 12 hours/week over 6 weeks
• Clinical skills developed with preceptor during 6 area rotations chosen from all areas for 24 hours per week.
• Full time work at 36 hours/week with some clinical rotations on the night shift.
Match Day: Nurse residents are matched to an available position in one pediatric clinical area that is determined to be a good fit in terms of interests and talents. Match placement occurs in any area with an open position. The nurse resident’s preference is not guaranteed, but will be considered.

Phase 2: All Areas
• Area-specific orientation in chosen specialty
• Monthly cohort meetings

Employment Details
Hospital nurse residents: Most newly hired nurse residents work 36 hours per week on the night shift.
Home Healthcare nurse residents:
   o Home Care nurse residents work 36 hours per week over 4 shifts. There is on-call one night per week and a rotating weekend schedule.
   o Private Duty In-Home nurse residents work 36 hours per week. The schedule is primarily nights, but is dependent on the families’ needs as they contract for services. There are a combination of 8- and 12-hour shifts available.

Ambulatory Nurse Residency Program

Areas
• Children’s Specialty Pediatric Center Clinics: Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Flex Team;
• Children’s Physicians offices

Phase 1:
• Classroom instruction provided in the morning 3 days per week over 6 weeks, with a total of 12 hours/week.
• Clinical skills are developed with preceptors during a rotational clinical experience between ambulatory areas for 28 hours/week over 6 weeks.
• Full-time work at 40 hours/week.

Match Day: Nurse residents are matched to an available position in one Ambulatory area that is determined to be a good fit in terms of interests and talents. Match placement occurs in any area with an open position. The nurse resident’s preference is not guaranteed, but will be considered.

Phase 2: All Ambulatory Areas
• Area-specific orientation to chosen specialty
• Monthly cohort meetings

Employment Details
Specialty Pediatric Center nurse residents: Most newly hired nurse residents work 40 hours per week. Shifts are Monday-Friday days with some Saturdays and some extended hours until 7 p.m. in certain clinics.
Children’s Physicians nurse residents: Most newly hired nurse residents work 30 hours per week. Shifts are Monday-Friday days with some Saturdays and some extended hours until 7 p.m. in certain clinics. In the blended-model clinic for Children’s Physicians, there are some hours until 10 p.m.

All Nurse Residents in Year 2:

An Evidence-Based Practice Project is completed in collaboration with a peer and a mentor.

If you have additional questions please email us at recruiter@childrensomaha.org.