Nurse Residency Program FAQs

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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.


  • 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
    October 2018 June 20–July 4, 2018 August 8, 2018 September 14, 2018 October 1, 2018
    March 2019 November 7–21, 2018 December 19, 2018 February 15, 2019 March 4, 2019

    * 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 and résumé, and complete an assessment and questionnaire.

    • Please make sure to thoughtfully answer the questions in the assessment and questionnaire. Depending on how you answer questions in the assessment, you will be removed from consideration for the interview process.
    • It is not possible to redo the assessment, questionnaire or withdraw your application and re-apply. You are welcome to upload new versions of your cover letter and résumé via the Seattle Children’s careers website.

    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 résumé

    • 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?

    Please visit our Nursing Careers page to learn more about our nursing units.
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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 March, 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 interview date. Interviews for candidates to critical care areas will include a shadow the day prior to the interview, for which they must be available. The interview will include managers and staff RNs from the units with which you indicated interest. All interviews for candidates will include a hospital tour

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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

  • How many hours per week do nurse residents work?

    Nurse residents will work their hired FTE and may work up to 40 hours a week. Please note 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.
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  • Will I be working nights, weekends and holidays?

    Yes. Each unit has weekend and holiday requirements. You will most likely be hired into a position in which you will work evening or nighttime hours.
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  • Do I get vacation time during my nurse residency?

    It is expected that the nurse resident will attend all residency classes. Nurse residency classes are weekly at the beginning of the program and later switch to monthly. It is the nurse resident’s responsibility to schedule time off around residency classes. Vacation hours must be accrued in order to take time off. Every unit has their own process for requesting time off; you will discuss the process and timing for requesting time off with your nursing leaders once you have been hired.
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Work Expectations

  • When are nurse residency classes?

    Nurse Residency is a yearlong program. Class dates and times will vary throughout residency and will be communicated in advance for you to prepare. In general, Nurse Residency classes are scheduled the same day of the week for each cohort, for example one cohort may have classes on Tuesdays, while another may be on Thursdays. Classes are weekly in the first four months of the program and then switch to monthly. The first four months of hire are demanding as nurse residents must balance Nurse Residency classes, unit based orientation classes and patient care shifts.
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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