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At Cook Children's, we believe that preparing our nurses to provide compassionate, innovative, collaborative, and family-centered care for children and their families through preparing, coordinating, recovering and education for procedures in the perioperative areas is of utmost importance.
This is why we have created a Perioperative track in our Accredited Nurse Residency Program to provide dedicated classes and clinical experiences to equip new graduate nurses as they advocate for patients in the perioperative environment.
Residents in this track will provide specialized care throughout rotations in the Pre Anesthesia Area, Preoperative Unit, Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Special Procedures Area and Dodson Surgery Center.
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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:
"What I love about the Nurse Residency program is the support I received as a new graduate nurse. It also gave me the opportunity to grow at my own pace and allowed me to find what unit was the best fit for me. Lastly, I have developed great friendships with those peers that were in my residency class. We went through the program together and we got to see each other find the units we loved!"
— Maria Espino, Regis University, CO
"I learned a great deal about myself and what areas of the hospital I would feel most comfortable. 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
"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
"My favorite thing about the residency was the debriefings. I felt like I was part of a group and I was so glad I was not the only one feeling a certain way during various points in the residency. I felt secure and always looked forward to the debriefings because I felt like I didn’t have to hide anything because we were all in the same boat."
— Stephanie Schmidt Cohort 17, Marquette University, WI
"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
"I think the Perioperative track was especially helpful because learning the pre-, intra-, and post-op side of surgery makes the surgical nurse so much more informed and helpful to the perioperative team. When you have rotated through each side of the surgical patient’s hospital experience, you can better help your team, your patients, and your families with understanding the process. Not to mention, it makes you that much more efficient when you know what is needed in each area, so you can be helpful to not just your direct team members, but also your surrounding areas. I believe I am much better at helping my pre-op, PACU and SPA nurses with efficiently and safely caring for patients because I have had experience in these areas."
— Meg Woodward Cohort 18, Baylor University, TX
"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
"Because of the Nurse Residency I have been able to attend two professional conferences and speak about my Evidence-Based Project focusing on Bedside Report. I went to San Antonio for a regional conference in the fall and just returned from Palm Beach, Florida for a national conference. Thanks to the residency I have been able to take nursing beyond the bedside and further my role in the profession."
— Laura Posluszny, Texas Christian 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.
Direct inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can email us or call Nancy Murphy at 682-885-7596 Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm CST.