Nurse Residency Program

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Applicants will choose to apply for either critical care or acute care/ambulatory clinic jobs. During the application process, you will also have the opportunity to indicate with which critical or acute care units you are interested in interviewing.

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  • When do the RN residency cohorts start, and when should I apply?

    Process Step

    FEB 2021

    MAY 2021 AUG 2021 NOV 2021

    Application Available

    November 2 – November 15, 2020

    February 1 – February 14 2021 May 3 – May 16, 2021 August 16 – August 29, 2021

    Interview Day

    December 10, 2020

    February 26, 2021 June 4, 2021 September 17, 2021

    Target Washington State RN License Deadline

    January 15, 2021

    April 16, 2021

    July 16, 2021

    October 15, 2021

    FINAL Washington State RN License Deadline

    January 29, 2021 by 2 p.m. Pacific time

    April 30, 2021 by 2 p.m. Pacific time

    July 30, 2021 by 2 p.m. Pacific time

    October 29, 2021 by 2 p.m. Pacific time

    Start Date

    February 1, 2021

    May 3, 2021

    August 2, 2021

    November 1, 2021

    If you are viewing this table on a mobile device, please scroll to the right for additional information.

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  • What does the application process entail?

    Candidates will submit a cover letter and résumé, and complete a questionnaire. Once your application is submitted, 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)
    • Ambulatory clinics
    • Emergency Department (ED)
    • Infusion Services
    • 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, pass the NCLEX, and have a Washington State RN license prior to starting. Please apply for the next cohort if you do not meet these requirements. 

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  • Will there be an open house for each cohort?

    Yes, we typically host an open house for every upcoming cohort just before the application opens. The scheduled open house dates are as follows (dates are subject to change until one month prior to the scheduled date):

    • August 2021 Cohort: This in-person Open House is canceled related to COVID-19. Instead, we are able to share a PowerPoint presentation with all of the same content that would have been presented at the Open House. Read the PowerPoint presentation.

    Email RN Residency Hiring to RSVP.  

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  • What happens at the open house, and is attendance required?

    Our open house is an optional event where information will be presented about the RN Residency Program and the nursing units that are hiring for that cohort. There will also be a meet and greet with the RN Residency Program team and nursing leaders and RNs from hiring units. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the RN Residency Program; learn valuable application and interview tips; ask questions; and connect with the Seattle Children's team.

    The open house is usually in the evening and lasts about two hours. Drop-ins are welcome! If you have additional questions about the open house, please email us.

    If you are unable to attend, much of the information is on this website. Review the RN Residency section, including the FAQs, and the information about nursing units. If you have additional questions, please email us.

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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 dates listed in the above question ‘When do the RN residency cohorts start, and when should I apply?’. The interview will include managers and staff RNs from the units with which you indicated interest. Interviews for candidates to critical care areas and ambulatory clinic will include a shadow the day prior to the interview. 

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  • When will I be notified about the status of my application?

    If you are selected for an interview, you will typically be contacted by e-mail at least 2 weeks prior to the interview date. We will continue to contact applicants up to the hiring event if we have interview availability.  If you do not receive an interview, please apply for the next Nurse Residency cohort

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  • What if I am not hired?

    RN Residency job postings have many applicants 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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  • How long is it expected I remain on the unit or area I am hired to?

    It is anticipated that RN residents will remain working on the unit or area they are hired to for the duration of the one year RN Residency Program.

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  • How quickly can I get a day shift position?

    Changes to shift positions within your unit of hire are based on seniority as outlined in the WSNA contract. In general, it can take a few years to get a day shift position.

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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, OR and Ambulatory Clinics have other standard shift start times.

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  • How should I dress during my patient care orientation?

    For inpatient areas, required attire includes scrub top and pants.  Business causal is the required attire in the ambulatory clinics. Closed-toe shoes are required in all 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