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At Cook Children's, we believe that preparing our nurses to provide compassionate, collaborative, family-centered care and education to children with a variety of complex diagnoses and their families is of the utmost importance.
This is why we have created a Medical-Surgical and Subspecialty track in our accredited Nurse Residency Program to provide the broadest possible exposure to pediatric nursing.
Nurse residents in this track will care for patients with diagnoses such as hematology disorders, childhood cancer, endocrine issues, respiratory diseases, behavioral health issues and more. Learn more below.
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✔ Complete the online application for Nurse Resident.
✔ Submit a transcript from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program you are attending or attended. Both official and unofficial transcripts are accepted. Requirements for transcripts include:
✔ Submit an essay of no more than 1500 words, using the most current APA format, covering these topics:
✔ Complete the top portion of two Letters of Recommendation and forward them to your selected clinical evaluators. Requirements for letters of recommendation include:
A committee of nurse managers, nurse educators and the nurse residency managers will evaluate applications and select candidates for interviews. If you are selected for an interview, a nurse residency representative will call to arrange an appointment.
The Pediatric Nurse Residency is a 12-month program divided into two segments, Phase I and Phase II. Key components of our Pediatric Nurse Residency Program include class curriculum and clinical experience.
At the beginning of the program, a mentor committed to supporting new staff members is paired with nurse residents. That mentor is a personal professional contact, coach, and resource throughout the residency year.
Accredited class curriculum and didactic content
Phase II begins with each nurse resident receiving a final unit assignment. A matching process, determines final placement of residents in open positions after considering all three of these components:
"The residency has helped me grow in my understanding of not only what I want to do within the nursing field but who I want to be as a nurse and how I want to provide care to my patients."
— Jessica Deuel Cohort 13, Texas Christian University
"I was really grateful for the tracks because though I did not know what I wanted to do, I knew I was not interested in critical care units, so the medical-surgical track was perfect for me. I was especially grateful when I ended up loving a unit that I did not know existed and then got placed there!"
— Emily Stoffels, University of Texas at Austin
"My specific track (Medical-Surgical) was important to me because I knew I wanted to work with children, but I was not sure of where specifically or with what specialty. I knew that this track would afford me with the opportunity to work and experience the broadest areas so that I could make a decision. After rotating through the tracks, I found a love with working with post-surgical and trauma patients. I found it interesting that this patient population is where I found my true passion and related back to the reason I always wanted to be a nurse. Experiencing the tracks reignited that fire and gave me a love for my work that I could have never found otherwise."
— Charity Fitzsimmons, Truett-McConnell University, GA
"Every seasoned nurse tells you to prepare for the difficult first year following graduation of nursing school. However, spending my first year out of nursing school in the Cook Children's Nurse Residency has made that transition so smooth. The residency is all about peer support and strong mentorship. Throughout the residency, I never felt like I was alone because I had deep friendships with fellow residents who were also processing through the first year of real-life nursing. I also had seasoned nurse mentors from all over the hospital who invested in me as a person. They helped to give me a toolbox of knowledge and skills specialized to pediatric patients that one cannot learn in a textbook. It is amazing how many people have shaped me and given to me over the last year. I have learned more, laughed more, and loved what I do more than I ever thought I would."
— Lauren Frey, RN, BSN, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor
The residency gave me a wide variety of experiences, and allowed me to see a wide range of pathophysiological processes and the corresponding nursing assessment and interventions. The experiences I had in the units that I did not end up in are invaluable to me, and they greatly contributed to my critical thinking, and assessment skills. The residency gives you the opportunity to work in a wider variety of populations and produces new nurses with a wider variety of skills and knowledge."
— Rachel Collett , University of Texas at Arlington
"Since its inception, in my years as a manager of the nurse residency, I watched over 300 new graduate nurses blossom into confident, competent pediatric nurses in multiple subspecialties. I walk all over the medical center and I am in awe of the number of smiling faces of former residents educating and mentoring other new nurses, nursing students and taking charge of units. It is especially gratifying that 95% of former residents are still here because we've learned that the first year of nursing does not have to be one crisis after another. Rather, with support it can be a very exciting learning adventure!"
— Dr. Ann Smith, PhD, CPNP, CNE, Nurse Residency Manager
"My experience as a nurse resident built the foundation for my nursing career. The preparation received through classroom learning, clinical rotations, mentor support, and leadership engagement continues to help me today. Now, I have the unique privilege of being a manager of this wonderful program. I see nurse residents enter the organization excited, nervous, and occasionally intimidated. A year later, I watch enthusiastic, competent, and confident pediatric nurses graduate from the program. These nurse residents continue to make an impact throughout the organization in various roles, councils, and leadership positions. This program provides success and remarkable opportunities."
— Amy Kotter, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, Nurse Residency Manager
"I learned a great deal about myself and what areas of the hospital I would feel most comfortable. I was placed on a medical surgical floor, a fabulous home for new nurses. I learn something new every single shift and am establishing a strong foundation in nursing assessment skills. On top of the clinical experiences, the residency provided something extra special for me personally. Nursing is a second, rather third career, for me. The residency provided a safe and supportive structure that helped with a huge career transition. For this, I am forever grateful to Cook Children’s."
— Katie Luedecke, Texas Woman’s University
Can I apply for more than one clinical track?
You may apply for only one clinical track.
How many hours per week do the nurse residents work?
This is a full-time position that requires 68-80 hours per two-week pay period for the full 52 weeks, including weekends. The number of hours per week change to accommodate both didactic and clinical time.
Will I be working weekends and holidays?
Nurse Residents are full-time professional nurse employees. Thus, the schedule will include some weekends and holidays. Unit nurse managers and nurse educators collaborate to develop a schedule that best meets the resident's learning needs during the rotation. Generally, the nurse resident's schedule will be the same as the staff nurse mentor's schedule to whom the resident is assigned.
Do I get vacation time during my residency?
Residents receive the same vacation, paid holidays, and sick leave allowance as all new nurses.
What benefits does the residency program offer?
All health care and retirement benefits offered any new hire apply to those selected for Cook Children's Pediatric Nurse Residency Program.
What is a nurse resident hourly pay rate?
Human Resources has the exact figures and will discuss pay and benefits with you.
What types of scrubs are allowed?
You may wear any child-friendly, professional-looking scrub with close-toe shoes.
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