Nursing Careers at CHOP

As a nurse at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, you’ll embrace challenges, responsibilities and, ultimately, exciting rewards in a truly unique environment. CHOP offers the chance to participate in a team that is among the leaders in pediatric nursing today. Only the level of commitment and depth of resources we dedicate to helping children and their families outweigh the immeasurable contributions we’ve made to the many fields of care.

  • Practicing family-centered care

    Family-centered care is our hallmark, and is at the core of CHOP’s mission. This is abundantly clear in the interaction between hospital employees and families at every level — especially with our nursing staff.

    You’ll play an essential role in our “bench to bedside” initiatives by furthering nursing innovations and putting those innovations into practice. That means you’ll grow professionally, while you help our successes grow as well.

    Our entire staff strives to always remain at the forefront of pediatric healthcare, so the difference you make will be a difference that truly matters.

  • Entry-level RN positions

    For newly graduated nurses, we currently accept applications once per year. This is a change from our previous application schedule due to the needs of the organization. Our Entry-level RN position will be posted for applications during the last week of August. We prefer that you have already graduated from a BSN program at the time you apply.

    If you have more than 12 months of applicable nursing experience, we would consider you an experienced nurse and invite you to browse our current openings.

  • Student Extern Program: 10 weeks of experience to enhance your future

    At The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, nurses have a rare opportunity to be instrumental in caring for the entire family in a dynamic and ever-growing setting. Today, the nation’s first pediatric hospital invites you, the student, to become part of our professional family.

    As a member of our Nurse Extern Program, you will experience innovative thinking, practice models and unique resources firsthand — and establish a foundation for clinical excellence.

    Our paid, 10-week program enables you to:

    • Refine your nursing skills
    • Get acquainted with the clinical setting
    • Apply academic knowledge to practice
    • Work with a preceptor
    • Participate in weekly seminars on a variety of topics
    • Schedule observational experiences on a selected unit


    • Current enrollment in NLNAC and/or CCNE accredited BSN program
    • Completion of junior year
    • Must be entering  senior year in September 2015 or graduating from nursing program December 2015
    • Must be available for entire 10-week period (May 26, 2015 – July 31, 2015)

    Application process and timeline

    • Application available:  November 15, 2014
    • To apply, visit and search for job posting 14-34377
    • Application deadline: November 30, 2014
    • Interview days: February 13, 2015 and February 19, 2015

    Download more information about our Nurse Extern program (PDF) »

  • Nursing students: Credit for your education

    If you're a student looking for credit for your nursing education, contact our Educational Nurse Specialist.

  • High school students: Lunch With A Nursing Professional

    If you’d like to learn more about nursing, consider attending the Hospital’s program, Lunch With A Nursing Professional. Students will gather in front of a panel of CHOP nurses for a 40-minute Q&A session, followed by small a group lunch with a nurse and tour of the Hospital. Contact us for more information.