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.

Applying

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.

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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.back to top

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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