Nurses looking at monitor_8510 At Seattle Children’s, our goal is to provide expert care for our patients and a healthy and safe work environment for our staff. For new graduate nurses, we create opportunities for continual growth as they begin their nursing career. The Nurse Residency Program is one of those opportunities: a one-year program that prepares each new graduate for their role as a pediatric nurse.

Seattle Children’s Nurse Residency Program strives to:

  • Build competency in the clinical application of pediatric nursing knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
  • Support new-graduate nurses’ professional well-being throughout their first year of transition into pediatric nursing practice.
  • Promote an ongoing spirit of clinical inquiry, integration of evidence-based practice and lifelong learning.

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    As a new graduate nurse at Seattle Children’s, your transition into nursing practice will include:

    • Pediatric curriculum that includes various learning modalities
    • Patient care orientation with a nurse preceptor
    • Ongoing support by unit-based clinical educator
    • Mentorship by an experienced nurse
    • Shadow experience in service areas that you will encounter as a nurse
    • Participation in an evidence-based project under the guidance of a experienced nurse leader
    • Evaluation of new graduate nurse competency

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    To be eligible for the program, candidates must:

    • Have less than one year of nursing experience after graduation
    • Earn a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) or associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited nursing program. At this time, we prefer candidates with a BSN.
    • Obtain a Washington State registered nurse (RN) license prior to the start date of the cohort.
    • Complete Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to start date of the cohort.

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    We prioritize hiring new graduate nurses with:

    • A BSN from a school with a pediatric inpatient acute care and hospital-based clinical rotation where the applicant planned and provided direct patient care
    • Work experience in a pediatric acute care setting or a senior student experience in a pediatric acute care setting. For nurse residents interested in the emergency department, intensive care units or the acute care float pool, we prefer work or senior student experience in the following settings: pediatric intensive care units, pediatric emergency departments, adult intensive care units or adult emergency departments.
    • A desire to work in an environment that respects diversity and inclusiveness in an approach to individualized care

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    Residency opportunities are available in several clinical areas, including:

    • Acute care (Medical Unit, Surgical Unit, Cancer Care Unit, Rehab Unit)
    • Intensive care (Pediatric ICU, Cardiac ICU, Neonatal ICU)
    • Acute Care Float Pool (ACFP)
    • Emergency Department (ED)
    • Operating Room (OR)
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
    • Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU)

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    The one-year program begins with a combination of in-class learning experiences and patient care orientation on the units. Classes will continue after the nurse resident transitions to independent practice.

    Residency cohort start dates will be in March, August and October.

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    We are looking for energetic, passionate nurses that have a desire to care for children, prioritize patient safety in their care and embrace the diversity of our patients, families and staff. Commitments by nurse residents include:

    • Working their hired FTE, which includes scheduled evenings, nights, weekends and holidays
    • Flexibility in scheduling with patient care shifts and classes
    • The first four months of hire are demanding as nurse residents must balance nurse residency classes, unit-based orientation classes and patient care shifts. Nurse residents may work several days in a row with only a few days off in-between their workdays. Nurse residency class frequency diminishes around four months, leading to more flexibility in scheduling.
    • Planning time off around residency classes. (Classes will be more concentrated at the beginning of the program.)

  • Nurse with family Interested candidates can review job postings and apply on our website. Look for positions that specify new graduates or nurse residents may apply. Applicants may apply for new positions prior to taking their NCLEX.


Learn more about the Nurse Residency Program by reading our frequently asked questions.

For additional questions, email the Nurse Residency Program.