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Nurse Residency Program

One residency, three unique and exciting tracks! Welcome to the Nurse Residency program at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. 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.

Applications for the February 2021 Cohort will open August 3, 2020. Application period is August 3 to September 17, 2020, 5 p.m., Central Daylight Saving Time.

February 2021:

  1. Applicants must graduate with a BSN between August 2020-December 2020.
  2. Applicants may only apply to one of the three tracks below.
  3. Deadline for all documents is Thursday, September 17, 2020, 5:00 P.M. Central Daylight Saving Time. No documents are accepted after the deadline. No letters of recommendation are accepted after the deadline.

Applicant eligibility

  • Graduated from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program (BSN) or an entry-level master's of nursing program (MSN).
  • Must be applying to serve in his or her first professional nursing role.
  • Disqualifications:
    • Associate degree only
    • Previous work experience as a licensed professional nurse
    • Candidates graduating with an Associate Degree-to-BSN who have previous work experience as a licensed professional nurse
    • Candidates with an LPN-to-BSN with previous work experience as a licensed professional nurse
    • Does not graduate within the time frame (no exceptions are granted)
  • 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.
  • Applicants may only apply to one of the three tracks.

Timeline

  • Interview Notification: September 21-25, 2020, by 5 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time
  • Interview Week: October 12-16 2020 ONLY
  • Selection of Residents and Notification: October 26, 2020
  • Start of Residency: February 15, 2021

*Timeline dates are subject to change.

Scheduled Zoom Meetings

Meeting #1: Nurse Residency is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This is an informational session that is optional for you to attend if you'd like to learn more about our program as well as ask any questions you may have.

  • Topic: Cook Children's Nurse Residency Program - Zoom Meeting #1
  • Time: August 18, 2020 10:00 a.m. Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Join: From PC, Mac, Linus, iOS or Android

Join the meeting

Meeting #2: Nurse Residency invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

  • Topic: Cook Children's Nurse Residency Program - Meeting #2
  • Time: September 1, 2020 2:00 p.m. Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Join: From PC, Mac, Linus, iOS or Android

Join the meeting

Click on a track below for detailed information and to apply:

Medical-surgical & subspecialty information

Critical care information

Peri-operative information

CCNE Accredited

CCNE accredited

The employee-based nurse residency program at Cook Children’s Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

Magnet-designated hospital

Cook Children's is a 443-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." Learn more about Cook Children's Medical Center.

More information

Questions regarding Cook Children's Nurse Residency program may be directed, through email, to Nancy Murphy, Nurse Residency Program Assistant, at nurse.residency@cookchildrens.org. You may also call 682-885-7596, Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Central.

Our nurse residency brochure

Residency at Cook Children's