New-Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The Nurse Residency Program is designed to facilitate the transition of a recent graduate from a student to a competent nurse at Children's Hospital Colorado. The goal of the program is to provide high-quality patient and family care, increase job satisfaction for nurse residents and promote career development.

What to expect from the Nurse Residency Program

The Nurse Residency Program consists of classroom, clinical lab/simulation instruction, precepted clinical experience, and mentorship activities. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the program.

Classroom instruction

Classroom instruction includes foundational content to the practice of pediatric nursing. Content focuses on clinical reasoning, leadership abilities, evidence-based practice, patient safety and critical communication skills. The nurse resident is expected to complete an evidence based project within their first year.

Clinical and lab simulation

Activities that promote clinical reasoning include code simulations, proper use of equipment and other nursing skills.

Precepted clinical experience

Nurse residents are precepted one-to-one for a minimum of 12 weeks rotating between our medical and surgical units. There may be additional orientation on the matched unit. This gives the nurse resident a solid foundation on which to build their pediatric knowledge base and expertise.


Nurse residents are mentored throughout the program fostering professional growth and advancement.

Hiring criteria for nurse residents

Children's Hospital Colorado hires new graduate nurses from baccalaureate programs (BSN) or higher that are accredited by CCNE or NLNAC. Candidates from an associate degree-to-BSN or LPN-to-BSN programs are not eligible to apply to the Nurse Residency Program. This must be your first position as a registered nurse. Nurse residents must have graduated within one year of the start date of the residency program. Employment is contingent upon passing NCLEX and obtaining a registered nurse license in the State of Colorado and pre employment requirements.

Application requirements

Please apply directly to a Clinical Nurse I position. Address the following in your resume and/or cover letter:

  • GPA 
  • Volunteer experience or community work in which you have participated 
  • Clinical/Senior Practicum or Capstone course placements 
  • Membership in professional nursing organizations (SNA, Sigma Theta Tau, SPN, etc.) 
  • Work with children (daycare, camp counselor, swim coach, nanny, etc.) 
  • Professional work experience in a healthcare setting 
  • Leadership roles within a healthcare setting or active membership in a professional organization 
  • Additional degrees in field other than nursing 
  • Fluency in additional languages 
  • At the bottom of your cover letter, identify the three units in which you are most interested: Surgical/Rehabilitation/Neurology, General Medical, Pulmonary/Medical, Emergency Department, Intensive Care, Cardiac Step Down, Oncology, Float Team, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Peri-Operative Services (OR, PACU, Procedure Center), Behavioral Health and Network of Care sites Urgent Care/Inpatient: North and South Campus.

Please note: Recommendations are not required with application. Electronic online recommendations will be requested at time of interview.

See a list of important dates for the Nurse Residency Program.

Applicants should not approach hiring managers directly in regards to nurse residency application and hiring process. All applications must go through Human Resources.

You will receive an email update regarding the status of your application and you may check your status via our career website by logging in and viewing your application. Applicants not selected will receive an email informing them they were not selected.

Search our online database for Clinical Nurse I positions for the Nurse Residency Program.

Why work at Children's Hospital Colorado?

A career at Children's Hospital Colorado will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child. Learn more about our top rankings from U.S. News and World Report and our Magnet redesignation in excellence in nursing.