RN Residency in Pediatrics


About the Program

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 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 offer the RN Residency in Pediatrics program, which provides the specific tools and experiences needed by new graduates to become successful pediatric nurses. With our new and updated RN Residency curriculum, we are proud to incorporate an added focus on experimental learning in the new 6-bed Las Madrinas Simulation Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This shift from traditional content delivery to complex experiences will ensure our nurses’ success in the modern health care system.

CHLA is the founding hospital of the RN Residency and has over 20 years of experience in providing a structured, supportive residency program to new graduate nurses. Our one-year 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 model for the new graduate.

Program Recognition

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is recognized throughout the United States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent medicine, as well as research. As a Magnet-designated hospital, CHLA is one of America’s premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC for more than 73 years. The RN Residency in Pediatrics Program 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 workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Oncology
  • Critical Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Operating Room
  • Centralized Function: Radiology
  • Emergency Department

Program Evaluation

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, we are constantly looking for evidence-based methods for growing and improving the RN Residency program. Feedback from our previous RN Residents is precious to us. We approach previous RN Residents annually for five years after they complete the program for feedback on how to improve our program.

Results of Previous Evaluations

Feedback received from program graduates has resulted in significant changes to the way the program is delivered. A few examples of these changes include:

  • Making classes more interactive
  • Increasing direct applicability to nursing practice
  • Focusing mentor meetings on career and professional development
  • Reordering skill labs so the most important skills are taught earlier in the program

Evaluations have also helped us show the value of this great program, as over the last 10 years we have decreased turnover among new graduate nurses.

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

Nursing Units and Specialties

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

Download list of Nursing Units and Specialties (.docx)

Info Sessions

Interested in learning about our RN New Graduate Residency in Pediatrics program? Join us for a virtual information session about the hiring process.

Flyer for new graduate residency in pediatrics program

July 2023 Cohort

Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 5 – 6 p.m. PT
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Friday, Feb. 10 from 1 – 2 p.m. PT
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November 2023 Cohort

Wednesday, May 24 from 5 – 6 p.m. PT
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Friday, Jun. 9 from 1 – 2 p.m. PT
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Important Dates

Online Applications

The July cohort will begin on July 10, 2023.

Applications will open on Friday, March 10 at 9 a.m. (PST) and close on Friday, March 24 at 12 p.m.

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 make their selections. We appreciate your patience.

Upcoming Program Dates

  • July 10, 2023
  • November 13, 2023

Resident Curriculum

One-to-One Preceptor Training

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 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

RN residents spend the remaining 25% of the program time in simulation, skills labs and the classroom, being taught by our expert pediatric nurses and 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

Mentors are provided to help guide the residents in their career development and provide them with the tools needed to grow professionally.

Supportive Debriefing

Our RN residents participate in debriefing and self-care groups throughout the program. Our debriefing sessions are mediated by various members of our multidisciplinary team. In these forums, residents gain skills to help manage stress and share experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

How to Apply

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

  • You are a new graduate or an RN with 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
    • The following units will accept new graduates with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) for the March 2023 cohort: 5 East, 5 West, 6 East, 6 West, Duque, Emergency Department. RN residents accepted to the program with an ADN will be required to enroll in a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program within 2 years of hire.


New Process

While we are accepting applications, search for “RN Residency Program” positions at:

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When you are ready to apply for the program you will complete and/or upload the following:

Interview Process

If you are selected for interviews, a Talent Advisor will contact you. The first round of interviews is with our RN Residency Hiring Committee. Those who are successful in advancing to the second round will interview with the unit representative.

Note: You must have your active California RN license, an active American Heart Association BLS (CPR) and PALS card to start the program.