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Post-Baccalaureate Pediatric Nurse Residency program

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Welcome to the Nurse Residency program at Cook Children's Medical Center. By participating in this competitive pediatric nurse residency, graduate nurses will accelerate their transition from students to professional pediatric nurses.

During our 12-month program, nurse residents rotate through various pediatric specialty units in the hospital, gaining valuable knowledge and clinical experiences in pediatric nursing. The experiences during the pediatric nurse residency will culminate in eligibility for national certification as a pediatric nurse.

cohortsThree annual cohorts:

February 2016: Applicants must graduate between July and December of 2015.

July 2015: Applicants must graduate between December 2014 and May of 2015.

October 2015: Applicants must graduate between May and August of 2015.

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Cook Children's is a 421-bed Magnet-designated hospital, ranked as one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. We are a tertiary-level, state-of-the art regional medical center with the Promise "to improve the health of every child in our region." 
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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.

Applicant eligibility

"Our residency program not only prepares the graduate nurse with increased clinical skills, it provides them the opportunity and support to ask questions, to self-reflect on their experiences, and to be confident collaborating as a valued member of the healthcare team."

Teresa Clark, MS, RN, HCA, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer

Application requirements

"The Nurse Residency program is an amazing learning opportunity for newly graduated nurses. The residency's unique aspect of rotating to a variety of units helps you discover your weaknesses, strengths, and passions. I was grateful for the experiences that helped me grow into a competent and confident pediatric nurse! I also valued the members of my cohort, who were experiencing many of the same fears and worries. Having this network is like having an instant support system through both the difficult and exciting experiences."

Whitney Milburn, RN, BSN
Nurse Resident Cohort 10
Graduate of Texas State University

All of the documents that you are sending must be submitted together in one e-mail to

Unofficial or official transcripts are accepted. Official transcripts only may be mailed to:

Nurse Residency
Department of Education
Cook Children's Medical Center
801 7th Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76104

(Please do not mail essays, resumes or unofficial transcripts.)


Selection process

"One of my favorite things I received from the residency was the ability to see the entire Cook Children's health care system. I can go to any unit, and I will find someone who left an impression on my nursing career. Even in my role now I continue to use what I learned from all my rotations as I reach out and strive to make things better."

Amy Kotter, RN, BSN, CPN
Nurse Resident Cohort 2
Graduate of Brigham Young University

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.


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.

Phase I

"I greatly benefited from the small group environment and debriefing with the other residents. You experience a lot of emotions during that first year and it was very beneficial to have a close cohort of people who were experiencing the same things. I felt that we all grew together into the nurses that we are today. It's still very exciting to see the residents throughout the hospital and share new stories and experiences"

Stephen Sims, RN, BSN, CPN
Nurse Resident Cohort 8
Graduate of University of Texas Austin

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.

Class curriculum

Clinical experience

"I feel that the nurse residency served as a great transition from being a novice nurse to a more competent professional. It's a great balance between cultivating autonomy while still having guidance through mentorship and academia. By the end of the residency, I felt that my commitment to the profession was strengthened and my decision making skills at the bedside were more developed."

Jibril Rodriguez, RN, BSN, CPN
Nurse Resident Cohort 9
Graduate of University of Texas Arlington

Shadow week

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"In my six years as a manager of the nurse residency, I watched over 250 new graduate nurses blossom into confident, competent pediatric nurses in multiple subspecialties. I walk all over the medical center and I am in awe of the number of smiling faces of former residents mentoring other new nurses, nursing students and taking charge of units. It is especially gratifying that 95% of former residents are still here because we've learned that the first year of nursing does not have to be one crisis after another. Rather, with support it can be a very exciting learning adventure!" ,

Dr. Ann Smith, PhD, CPNP, CNE
Nurse Residency Manager

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Phase II

Phase II placement

"I found the social support from the residency group and managers to be one of the most beneficial parts of the program. I was instantly connected to a network of new nurses who were sharing many of the same experiences and emotions that come with the first year as a Pediatric RN. Furthermore, the residency managers were easily accessible and available to act as guides and mentors in navigating the pediatric nursing environment. I attribute much of the positive experience I had as a first year RN to the residency program."

Valerie Noce, RN, BSN, CPN
Nurse Resident Cohort 10
Graduate of New York University

Class experience

Clinical experience

Upon placement on a permanent unit, each resident is assigned a unit preceptor and begins unit-specific orientation.

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"The Nurse Residency Program at Cook is exceptional! It offers a supportive and nurturing environment for new nurses to begin their career. The nurse residents have opportunities afforded to them that are like no other for example, shadowing 10 different disciplines during Shadow Week. It is very rewarding to see nurse residents graduate the program and become actively engaged on a variety of specialty units serving in leadership roles."

Erin Schulz, MSN, RN
Nurse Residency Manager

Frequently asked questions

"I was privileged to be able to participate in the nurse residency here at Cook Children's Medical Center back in 2011. Not only did I have the opportunity to work in various areas of the hospital and be introduced to all of the wonderful staff that work in each area, I gained lifelong friendships with the nurses in my cohort—the majority of which still work here! Even after finding my home in the PICU and now transitioning into an educator role, I continue to be more and more aware of the rewards that the residency has given me as I continue to grow as a nurse. I have gained fulfilling, professional relationships; a better foundation in the care of the children that receive services here; and a broader perspective on how I can serve in my role as a nurse at Cook Children's. Three years later, the role of a nurse resident continues to be one of my proudest achievements and a badge that I wear proudly!"

Danika Meyers, RN, BSN, CPN
Nurse Resident Cohort 6
Graduate of University of Texas Austin

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 or call Nancy Murphy at 682-885-7596 Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm CST.

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Direct inquires to

You can email us or call Nancy Murphy at 682-885-7596 Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm CST.

Additional links:

Nursing at Cook Children's
Nursing mission statement and philosophy
Magnet designation
Nursing resources
Nursing recognition

Nurse resident graduate feedback


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