RN Residency in Pediatrics

About the RN Residency Program

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), it is our goal to take care of acutely ill and injured children in today’s increasingly complex technological environment. New graduate nurses need extended clinical experiences with appropriate support systems for a successful transition from nursing student to professional nurse.

At CHLA, we understand the needs of new graduate nurses as they integrate into the profession. To meet those needs, we use the Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics program, which provides the specific tools and experiences needed by new graduates to become successful pediatric nurses.

CHLA is the founding hospital of the Versant RN Residency. Created in July 1999, the 22-week program provides new nursing school graduates with a comprehensive clinical and learning experience to prepare them for work in an acute care environment. It has become the national model for new graduate nurse residency programs throughout the United States.

  • Important Dates
  • Resident Curriculum
  • How to Apply

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has had to respond rapidly to new and changing business needs prompted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) so that we may continue to deliver the highest level of care to our patients and employees. As a result, the organization has decided to delay the RN Residency Program for 2021. We continue to closely monitor recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update our website as our plans solidify.

Online Applications

Applications for the September 2021 cohort have been postponed until further notice.

Packet Deadline

The September cohort online application has been delayed.

Interview Process

If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified via e-mail. Please allow Talent Acquisition and the unit managers sufficient time to review the packets and your online videos as they make their selections. We appreciate your patience.

Upcoming Program Dates

To be determined

One-to-One Preceptor Training

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), our RN residents spend 75% of the program time receiving one-to-one precepted training in the clinical setting.  Our preceptors are experienced bedside pediatric nurses who are specially trained to provide expert clinical guidance to the resident.

Skills and Practice

At CHLA, our RN residents spend the remaining 25% of the program time in the classroom and skills lab. These sessions are taught by our expert pediatric nurses and our subject matter experts. These sessions give the residents the tools necessary to make the transition from new graduate RN to specialty pediatric RN.

Dedicated Mentors, Coaches and Resources

A mentor is there to help guide the resident in their career development and provide them with the tools needed for them to grow professionally.

Supportive Debriefing

Our RN residents participate in supportive debriefing and self care groups throughout the program. Our debriefing sessions are mediated by various members of our multidisciplinary team. In these forums you can vent your stresses and share your experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.


The looping experience is an individualized rotation/orientation to all appropriate hospital areas relevant to your selected unit.

Residency Benefits

  • Rapid promotional opportunities
  • Generous shift differentials
  • 401K
  • Flexible employee benefits package
  • On-site childcare

You are eligible for the RN Residency program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles if:

  • You have been out of Nursing school for two years or less.
  • You are a new graduate or an RN with a total of less than one year of nursing experience in any area by the start of the program.
  • You have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above.


New Process:

While we are accepting applications, search for “Versant RN Residency Program” positions at https://jobs.chla.org/rn-residency You may only apply to one unit. Multiple applications will not be considered.

When you are ready to apply for the program you will upload the completed packet PDF where it indicates to upload Resume. If your application packet is larger than 4 MB you will need to separate it into two files and upload them under the “Resume” and “Cover” letter sections. 

When you apply for your selected unit you will see a link under the heading of “Video Prescreen” on the job posting itself. Once you are ready to complete the short video prescreen process, click the link and follow the instructions on the website. You will need either a webcam on your computer, or a mobile phone to record your video prescreen. You may submit your application and packet either before or after you complete your video prescreen, however your application will not be considered complete until all pieces (application packet and video prescreen) are submitted.

Complete the Packet On-Line as a PDF.

  • A resume and cover letter
  • Current transcripts (unofficial)
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from a clinical instructor (preferably a pediatric instructor) and the second from another clinical instructor, professional, or personal reference
  • Letter of Intent – a statement describing why you are interested in working for the unit 500 words or less
  • Signed Application & New Hire Process and Licensure & Vacation Statement forms

Attached below are the forms to be submitted as an uploaded PDF and additional information for you to print.

Interview Process

The number of positions in the program is limited. If you are selected for an in-person interview, a Talent Advisor will contact you. If you are not contacted for an interview then you were not selected.

Note: You must have your active California RN license by the Monday prior to the start of the program (one week prior to the start of the program) and you must have an active American Heart Association BLS (CPR) card to start the program.

Program Recognition

We are acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for our leadership in pediatric and adolescent medicine. As a Magnet-designated hospital, CHLA is one of America’s premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California for more than 73 years. We also are a national leader in pediatric research.


Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. The current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  1. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  1. Medical-Surgical
  2. Oncology
  3. Critical Care
  4. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  5. Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  6. Operating Room
  7. Centralized Function: Radiology
  8. Emergency Department

EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans

Program Evaluation

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), we are constantly looking for evidence-based ways to grow and improve the RN Residency program.  Feedback of our previous RN Residents is precious to us in our efforts to improve our program.  We approach previous RN Residents at 1-year, 2-year and 5-years post-hire periods and ask them for feedback on how to improve our program.

Results of Previous Evaluations

Anonymous feedback that CHLA received from program graduates has resulted in significant changes to the way the program is delivered.  A few examples of changes we have made include:

  • Making classes more interactive
  • Increasing direct applicability to nursing practice
  • Decreasing the number of mentor meetings
  • Decreasing the number of debriefing meetings
  • Focused mentor meetings on career and professional development

Our evaluations also have helped us show the value of this great program as, over the last ten years, we have decreased turnover among new graduate nurses:

  • One year turnover rates: reduced from 36% to less than 6%
  • Two year turnover rates: reduced from 56% to less than 13%

Nursing Units and Specialties

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) offers nurses and RNs the opportunity to specialize in several critical care areas including cardiovascular care, critical care, hematology-oncology, medical services, rehabilitation, and surgical. Read more.


Graduates of the RN Residency in Pediatrics Program have shared these thoughts with us:

"I am doing everything I did not think I would be capable of doing in the beginning."

"Getting to know a seasoned staff member provides a great connection to the hospital."

"I’m much more comfortable working on my own now than my former classmates who are at other hospitals with shorter orientation times."