Nurse Residency Program

Supporting the transition from Academia to Professional Practice

The Nurse Residency program is a six month program designed for first year nurses with an interest in women services and/or pediatric nursing. This innovative program provides an ongoing, supportive and interactive environment while bridging the gap from nursing school to professional practice. Our Nurse Residency Program ensures a unique opportunity for the new graduate nurse to address the realities of clinical practice, overcome fears of making mistakes, and develop strategies to manage multiple-patient assignments.

The Nurse Residency Program participants meet monthly for six months. During this time, participants are engaged in group problem-solving activities, critical thinking exercises, hands-on skill practice, simulation and developing communication skills necessary for the transition from new graduate nurse to confident professional nurse. In addition to the Nurse Residency Program, participants are paired with a preceptor on their orientation unit.


Application Requirements 

The Nurse Residency Program accepts application three times a year (Spring, Summer, and Fall) to coincide with nursing school graduation dates. The following is required:

  • Graduate from an associate or Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing, (3.5 GPA preferred) prior to start date
  • RN licensure from the State of Texas prior to beginning employment
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • A personal mission statement - 500 words or less to include why you want to work at Texas Children’s and how your mission statement aligns to our mission and values
  • Two letters of recommendation from clinical instructors (one should be from a pediatric/obstetric clinical instructor if possible) that addresses your clinical judgment and the ability to apply nursing theory to practice and interpersonal skills

Applications for each residency cycle will be posted on the Texas Children’s Careers page several months in advance of the program start date. You can find the application by searching for “Graduate Nurse Residency”.

For more information contact the recruitment office at GNRecruitment@texaschildrens.org