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 and has over 20 years of experience in providing a structured, supportive residency program to new graduate nurses. Our 1-year program provides newly licensed nurses with a comprehensive practice transition experience to prepare them for work in a pediatric acute care environment.

Completed Packet will include:

  • A Resume  
  • Licensure & Vacation Statement form 
  • Short Essays (Word document)
  • Important Dates
  • Resident Curriculum
  • How to Apply

Online Applications

The next cohort will be held on September 20, 2021. Log on to jobs.chla.org to apply.

Applications will open on Wednesday, May 26 at 5 p.m. (PST) and will close on June 9.

Packet Deadline

.Please submit your application along with the packet as described on How to Apply.

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

  • September 20, 2021
  • February 2022 Tentative

One-to-One Preceptor Training

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) the RN resident will spend the majority of the program time receiving one-to-one precepted training in the clinical setting. Our preceptors are experienced pediatric nurses who are specially trained to provide expert clinical guidance to the resident, and they are supported by a centralized team of Nursing Professional Development Specialists who provide education and technical assistance throughout the program. 

Skills and Practice

RN residents spend the remaining portion of the program time in the classroom, skills lab, and simulation center. A variety of interactive sessions give the residents the tools necessary to make the transition from new graduate RN to specialty pediatric RN. These sessions are led by Nursing Professional Development Specialists, our clinical education experts, and simulation professionals from the Las Madrinas Simulation Center.

Dedicated Mentors, Coaches and Resources

Mentors are provided to help guide the resident 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 can gain skills to help manage stress and share experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. 

Dates for Program: September 20, 2021
Dates for 2022 to be determined

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.

When you are ready to apply for the program you will upload the completed packet 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. 

Complete the Packet On-Line

  • A resume
  • Cover letter (Not required but recommended)
  • 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 20th of August prior to the start of the program and you must have an active American Heart Association BLS (CPR) and PALS card to start the program.

Learn more about this opportunity and other educational services and programs here.

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."