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Thank you for your interest in the Nurse Residency Program. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions by applicants.

We are happy to share any information that would be helpful as you start your career at Seattle Children’s. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please email the Nurse Residency Program.

Applying

  • What are you looking for in candidates for nursing positions at Seattle Children’s?

    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.
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  • Which job postings can new graduate RNs apply for on the website?

    There is one job posting for each RN Residency cohort. The job posting will be posted approximately 14-15 weeks prior to the start of each cohort. Applicants may apply for multiple units through the one job posting. During the application process, you will also have the opportunity to indicate with which units you are interested in interviewing.
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  • When do the RN Residency cohorts start and when should I apply?

    Cohort Application Available* Interview Day Washington State RN
    License Current and Active
    Start Date
    August 2017 April 26-May 10, 2017 June 14, 2017 July 17, 2017 July 31, 2017
    October 2017 June 21-July 4, 2017 August 16, 2017 September 18, 2017 October 2, 2017

    *We anticipate keeping the RN Residency job posting available for this two week time period. In the event that we receive a large number of applicants, the job posting may close early. Please apply ASAP to ensure your application is received.

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  • What does the application process entail?

    Candidates will submit a cover letter, resume, and complete a questionnaire. Once your application is complete, you may be asked for references. During the application process you will also have the opportunity to indicate with which units you are interested in interviewing.

    Please include the following on your resume

    • Pediatric clinical rotation
      • Name of hospital or organization
      • Unit or department
      • Number of hours
    • Senior Practicum or Preceptorship
      • Name of hospital or organization
      • Unit or department
      • Specify population(adult or pediatric)
      • Number of hours
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  • Can I apply with an ADN?

    At this time, we prefer candidates with a BSN for the Nurse Residency Program; however, new graduates with an ADN may also be considered.
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  • Which units hire new graduate RNs?

    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)

    Please review the job posting to learn which units are hiring for a cohort.

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  • What information can you tell me about the hiring nursing units?

    • Medical Unit
      • The Medical Unit is comprised of 80 beds in single-patient rooms and care is provided for a wide variety of patients. Nurses might support acute respiratory/airway patients in our Respiratory Care Unit or provide seizure monitoring and diagnosis of patients with epilepsy. Bedside RNs care for two to four patients at a time, depending on patient acuity. The Medical Unit also treats patients with the following types of conditions: endocrinology, neurology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, craniofacial, pulmonary and general medicine.
    • Surgical Unit
      • The Surgical Unit is comprised of over 90 beds spread across three floors. Our specialty staff members care for infants through young adults who need surgery, are recovering from surgery or have a broad range of other medical conditions or disease processes. Our Surgical Unit works with teams from Neurosurgery and Solid Organ Transplant to Orthopedic Surgery, Nephrology and Intestinal Failure. The RC5 team specializes in urology; neurosurgery; orthopedics; plastic surgery; craniofacial surgery; pediatric general and thoracic surgery; and otolaryngology surgery. Specialties of the RC6 team include cardiology and cardiac surgery, intestinal failure/transplant, liver failure/transplant, heart failure/transplant and nephrology.
    • Acute Care Float Pool (ACFP)
      • The Acute Care Float Pool (ACFP) consists of nurses trained to care for patients on multiple acute care units. The ACFP nurses support patients on the Surgical Unit, Medical Unit, Cancer Care Unit, Rehab Unit and the Emergency Department, depending on the needs of the hospital. The ACFP nurses are a valued group of flexible, independent and highly-trained nurses. On each acute care unit, they care for a range of patients of varying acuity levels. With their level of expertise and knowledge, the ACFP nurses are great resources for the unit-based nurses. Maintaining skills for a large patient population helps bring new challenges and learning opportunities to these nurses.
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
      • The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is part of Peri-Operative Services, which includes the Operating Room and Sterile Processing. PACU RNs work in Phase 1 and Phase 2, both of which are recovery rooms. The Pre-Procedure (NPO) Call Center is also part of our PACU. Phase 1 has 12 bed spaces and Phase 2 has 24 bed spaces. Phase 1 receives patients from any of the 14 ORs, GI Suite, two cath labs, or Interventional Radiology. Phase 2 receives and pre-ops all patients, including day surgery, Emergency Department and inpatients. Day surgery patients, upon meeting Phase 1 discharge criteria, are then transferred to Phase 2 for discharge teaching and discharge to home. All PACU RNs are oriented to Phase 1 and Phase 2, where they become experienced in airway management; care of patients for a variety of surgical procedures; and post-operative care at home.
    • Cancer Care Unit
    • Emergency Department (ED)
    • Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU)
    • Rehab Unit
    • Cardiac ICU
    • Neonatal ICU
    • Pediatric ICU
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  • Who should I address my cover letter to?

    You may address your cover letter to the Human Resources Department.
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  • What if I haven’t graduated by the time applications are due?

    You may apply to positions prior to graduation, but you must graduate and pass the NCLEX prior to starting. Please apply for the next cohort if you do not meet these requirements. Cohorts will start in February, May, August and October.
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Interview and Hiring

  • What does the interview process entail?

    All candidates who are selected for the interview process must be available in person on the following dates. The interview will include managers and staff RNs from the units with which you indicated interest. Interviews for candidates to critical care areas will include a shadow. Interviews for candidates to acute care areas will include a hospital tour.

    Cohort Interview Day Washington State RN
    License Current and Active
    August 2017 June 14, 2017 July 17, 2017
    October 2017 August 16, 2017 September 18, 2017
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  • When will I be notified about the status of my application?

    The timeframe for hearing about your application varies among the nursing units.

    If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by e-mail at least 2 weeks prior to the interview date. If you do not receive an e-mail invitation by 2 weeks prior to the interview date, please apply for the next Nurse Residency cohort.

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  • What if I am not hired?

    Job postings will have many candidates apply and are quite competitive. If you are not hired, we encourage you to apply for a future cohort, or consider gaining some pediatric experience in another setting and re-applying in the future.
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Time Commitment

Work Expectations

  • When are nurse residency classes?

    Nurse residency is a year-long program. Class dates and times will vary throughout residency and will be communicated in advance for you to prepare. Classes are weekly in the first four months of the program and then switch to monthly.
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  • What should I expect for my scheduled patient care orientation shifts?

    Your patient care orientation shifts generally mirror your preceptor’s schedule. This means you can be scheduled any day of the week. Acute care and critical shifts start at the following times: day shift at 7 a.m., evening shift at 3 p.m. and night shift at 7 or 11 p.m. Other departments, such as the ED, PACU and OR, have other standard shift start times.
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  • How should I dress during my patient care orientation?

    Required attire includes scrub top and pants. Closed-toe shoes are required when in patient care areas. Your badge should be above the waist and visible to others in the hospital at all times.
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Pay and Licensure