Nurse Residency Program

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The Nurse Residency Program at CHOP is a 12-month program designed for new graduate nurses.

The employee-based Nurse Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and participates in the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program curriculum.

CHOP’s Nurse Residency Program helps transition new nurses into clinical roles and builds their confidence. It is based on four domains, leadership, patient outcomes, the role of the professional nurse, and scholarship for nursing practice.

The program includes:

  • An evidence-based curriculum
  • Mandatory monthly seminar days that include group discussions, simulations, and interactive exercises
  • Development of an evidence-based practice project to showcase at the completion of the program

At the completion of the Nurse Residency Program, participants practicing in the inpatient setting may be promoted to a Clinical Nurse position.

About the Position

nurse residence program Nurse Residents may be hired directly onto a specific unit or hired to rotate through different units in an ICU or a medical/surgical track. Nurse Residents that rotate are assigned to a unit for several weeks before rotating to another area.

Nurse Residents are hired in full-time rotating positions. Many work 8- or 12-hour shifts. All positions are benefits eligible.

The Application Process

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the interview process for Nurse Residents?

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How long after applying will an in-person interview occur?

Due to the varying number of positions available, CHOP does not have a set timeline for in-person interviews.

How many units will see my application?

Your application is reviewed by the recruitment team and shared with managers based on your resume, application, and video interview. Your application is open to any unit within CHOP; however, we schedule only one in-person interview with one unit at a given time.

How do I express interest in a particular unit or patient population?

If you are selected for a video interview, you will have an opportunity to share your areas of interest at that time.

Should I ask my professors for written references?

No, we obtain references through an electronic survey, once you have moved to the hiring manager interview stage in the application process.

When do you hire Nurse Residents?

Nurse Resident candidates are interviewed and hired on a continuous basis throughout the year.

Can I apply to be a Nurse Resident even if I have a few months of work experience as a Registered Nurse?

Yes. CHOP hires Registered Nurses with 1-12 months of RN experience into Nurse Resident positions. New graduate nurses who are not in their first nursing role with less than 12 months experience may participate in the program at the discretion of their manager.

Do you offer relocation assistance?

No, we do not offer relocation assistance for Nurse Resident positions.

What happens if I have accepted an offer with CHOP, but fail the NCLEX before my start date?

We will need to rescind your offer of employment, as you must have an active Temporary Practice permit or RN license to begin working at CHOP as a Nurse Resident. Once you pass the NCLEX, you may contact your recruiter to discuss what opportunities are available at that time.

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