Post-Baccalaureate Pediatric Nurse Residency program
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Eligibility requirements for the October 2015 Cohort
Applications will open April 1, 2015 for the October 2015 Cohort
Deadline for all documents has been extended to July 2, 2015 by 5:00 PM Central Daylight Savings Time
In order to be considered for an interview, all documents must be received by the Education Department by the application deadline.
- Graduated from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program (BSN) or an entry-level master's of nursing program (MSN). Candidates graduating with an Associates degree only or from an Associate Degree-to-BSN who have worked as a licensed registered nurse and graduates from LPN-to-BSN are not eligible to apply.
- Must be applying to serve in his or her first professional nursing role and cannot work as a registered nurse prior to the start of the residency.
- Must pass the NCLEX prior to the start of the residency.
- Applicants who have previously applied to the nurse residency program are ineligible to reapply.
- Complete the online application for Nurse Resident. The position should be available by April 1, 2015.
- Provide evidence of enrollment in good standing in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program by an unofficial transcript or official with appropriate courses.
- Submit a transcript from the nursing university you are attending or attended. The transcript must reflect classes in progress or degree awarded.
- Submit an essay of no more than 1200 words, using the most current APA format, covering these topics:
- Describe why you wish to be a Cook Children's nurse resident.
- Describe your goals and expectations at the completion of the nurse residency.
- Explain how you demonstrate two of the Cook Children's values, which include caring, safety, integrity, collaboration, innovation and giving.
All of the documents that you are sending must be submitted together in one e-mail to email@example.com
- Complete the top portion of two Letters of Recommendation and forward them to your selected clinical evaluators. Have them return the letter directly to Cook Children's Nurse Residency Program. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a pediatric faculty member familiar with your clinical performance. The other may be from any person who can attest to your clinical knowledge and skill. Please confirm that your letters have been received by the nurse residency secretary before the deadline.
- If you are current Cook Children's employee, in addition you must submit the Leadership Reference from your current supervisor.
Unofficial or official transcripts are accepted. Official transcripts only may be mailed to:
Department of Education
Cook Children's Medical Center
801 7th Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
(Please do not mail essays, resumes or unofficial transcripts.)
A committee of nurse managers, nurse educators and the nurse residency managers will evaluate applications and select candidates for interviews. If you are selected for an interview, a Nurse Residency representative will call to arrange an appointment.
- Application process opens April 1, 2015
- Deadline for all documents July 2, 2015 @ 5:00 pm Central Daylight Savings Time
- Interview notification by July 2-July 6 @ 5:00 pm Central Daylight Savings Time
- Interviews July 13-17, 2015
- Selection of residents and notification July 24, 2015
Pediatric Nurse Residency program details
The Pediatric Nurse Residency is a 12-month program divided into two segments, Phase I and Phase II. Key components of our Pediatric Nurse Residency Program include class curriculum and clinical experience.
At the beginning of the program, a mentor committed to supporting new staff members is paired with a nurse resident. That mentor is a personal professional contact, coach, and resource throughout the residency year.
- During Phase I nurse residents attend class for one 8-hour day every two weeks.
- Class curriculum includes facilitated debriefings, interactive case studies, high-fidelity simulation experiences and discussions with a variety of interdisciplinary colleagues with specialty expertise.
- Class curriculum is congruent with the requirements of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which accredits the residency program.
- Throughout the year, nurse residents regularly participate in debriefing, free-form discussions facilitated by the nurse residency manager. In the discussions, they address the stresses and challenges of the nursing profession: professional boundaries, stress management, self-care, conflict resolutions, and coping with grief.
- During the six months of Phase I, the nurse rotates to at least five different clinical units
All residents rotate to a medical-surgical unit
- Each resident chooses two subspecialties and two critical care areas
- Critical Care options include neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, cardiovascular intensive care and emergency department.
- Subspecialty options include surgical services, hematology-oncology, cardiology, nephrology, psychiatry, endocrinology and neurosciences (transitional care, rehabilitation care and epilepsy monitoring unit)
- During Phase I rotations, each nurse resident works with a staff nurse "Unit Guide." Nurse residents benefit from the knowledge and guidance of an experienced nurse in the clinical setting as together they deliver patient care. This individualized training emphasizes critical-thinking skills, leadership, communication skills, evidence-based practice, patient safety, and professional career development. Our residents receive over 1800 hours of individual precepted clinical experience.
- Phase I concludes with Shadow Week during which nurse residents spend ten half days with our "Partners in Caring" such as pharmacy, respiratory therapy, radiology, laboratory and many others.
- The purpose of Shadow Week is to increase the new nurse's understanding of the contributions that these professionals make to patient care, as well as gain insight into their challenges collaborating care with nursing.
Phase II placement
- Phase II begins with each nurse resident receiving a final unit assignment. A matching process, determines final placement of residents in open positions after considering all three of these components:
- Nurse residents have the opportunity to express their preferences for a permanent unit.
- Nurse managers, nurse educators, and staff nurses who worked with the residents provide input into the "fit" of each resident for specific units.
- We consider the organizational needs (where there are openings for new nurses).
- During the six months of Phase II, nurse residents continue to attend class as a cohort one 8-hour day per month.
- In addition to the nurse residency classes, unit specific classes are provided for each clinical specialty area.
- Nurse Residents participate in an ECG Workshop, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and after completion of 1800 clinical hours, attend the Pediatric Nursing Certification Review Course.
Upon placement on a permanent unit, each resident is assigned a unit preceptor and begins unit-specific orientation.
Frequently asked questions
How many hours per week do the nurse residents work?
This is a full-time position that requires 68-80 hours per two-week pay period for the full 52 weeks, including weekends. The number of hours per week change to accommodate both didactic and clinical time.
Will I be working weekends and holidays?
Nurse Residents are full-time professional nurse employees. Thus, the schedule will include some weekends and holidays. Unit nurse managers and nurse educators collaborate to develop a schedule that best meets the resident's learning needs during the rotation. Generally, the nurse resident's schedule will be the same as the staff nurse mentor's schedule to whom the resident is assigned.
Do I get vacation time during my residency?
Residents receive the same vacation, paid holidays, and sick leave allowance as all new nurses.
What benefits does the residency program offer?
All health care and retirement benefits offered any new hire apply to those selected for Cook Children's Pediatric Nurse Residency Program.
What is a nurse resident hourly pay rate?
Human Resources has the exact figures and will discuss pay and benefits with you.
What types of scrubs are allowed?
You may wear any child-friendly, professional-looking scrub with close-toe shoes.
Who can answer any other questions I might have regarding the program?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nancy Murphy at 682-885-7596 Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm CST.