Children's Hospital Colorado

New-Graduate Nurse Residency Program

New-Graduate Nurse Residency Program: Accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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The mission of the Children’s Colorado New Graduate Nurse Residency Program is to provide caring support based on evidence for the new graduate nurse in their first professional position transitioning into a competent member of Children’s Colorado interdisciplinary team. Learn more about the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.

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 10 weeks and may be extended depending on unit orientation requirements. 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 ACEN. Candidates from an associate degree-to-BSN program are not eligible to apply to the Nurse Residency Program unless this will be your first nursing position. 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 - updated March 2018

To be considered, all parts of the application must be received by midnight on the close of the application window (see the list of important dates). Please submit your application before the deadline as consideration for late submissions will not be granted.

The application process consists of two steps:

  1. Applying online - Apply online and attach your cover letter and resume to the online application during the application window (see important dates). Please attach cover letter and resume (in that order) as a single document when uploading. Title the uploaded document as "First Name Last Name Application."
  2. Emailing all application documents
    • Submit your supplemental application, cover letter and resume to
    • See above for how to name and combine your cover letter and resume. Please note that the supplemental is not the same as the resume and cover letter.
    • Download the supplemental application (.docx)
    • Title your supplemental application as "First Name Last Name Supplemental" in both the subject line of the email and the uploaded document.

You will need to choose your top 3-4 units, not necessarily in order of preference, or explain why you do not have a preference for consideration in the program. For a brief description of the units that hire new graduate nurses, please click here (.docx). Units hiring new graduate nurses varies in each cohort.

A separate position will be posted for Memorial Hospital (Colorado Springs) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, General Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Ambulatory. If you are interested in working at either location, you must submit all parts of the application to both positions. The application process is the same for both locations. If applying to both positions, all attachments can be sent in one email to

Apply directly to a New Graduate Nurse/ Clinical Nurse I position during the specified dates (see important dates section). Cover letters may be addressed to Nurse Residency Coordinator.

  • At the bottom of your cover letter, identify the 3-4 units in which you are most interested: Anschutz Campus - Surgical/Rehabilitation/Neurology, General Medical, Pulmonary/Medical, Float Team, Hematology/Oncology, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Cardiac Step Down, Emergency Department, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Ambulatory/Clinic (multiple clinics), Mental Health; Network of Care sites - North Campus-Urgent Care; Memorial Hospital (Colorado Springs) - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, General Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Ambulatory. (Units hiring may vary)
  • 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

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

Important reminders:

  • When submitting the electronic portion of your application, you will be asked a series of 20 questions. Please make sure you answer all of the questions. If applying for both Anschutz and Memorial, you will need to answer the questions on both applications. Unanswered questions will disqualify your application.
    • Make sure you carefully read the question regarding your graduation date to ensure your application is processed correctly. If you graduate between the dates listed, you should answer "yes" to the question. I.e. March 2018 to January 2019 and your graduation date is December 2018. You would answer the question yes.
  • When you upload your resume and cover letter the system auto populates the electronic application. On occasion, the system will add incorrect information to your application. If this happens please disregard the incorrect information on the electronic application. This will not impact your application.
    • You will need to make sure you have attached your resume and cover letter (as one document) as well as submitted your supplemental application separately per the instructions.
    • Please only submit one application.
    • If you withdraw your application and resubmit, it will not give you the option to answer the 20 questions again.
    • The questions and required attachments are all we need for the online portion of the application.
  • Recommendations are not required with application. Electronic online recommendations will be requested at the time of interview.
  • If you are currently an employee of Children's Colorado, please apply through HR Express on the intranet. This is the only way to alert us that you are an internal applicant. If you do not know how to access this portal, please reach out to
  • Application Status – Once you submit your application, you will not receive a confirmation email, but the status will show as "submitted". Confirm all parts of the application are complete before submission. Please be patient while we review all applications. The application review process is manually intensive and takes a large amount of time to review all applications thoroughly. We will do our best to keep you updated on your application status.
  • Applicants not selected will receive an email informing them they were not selected.
  • Due to the manual review process and high volume of applicants, we are unable to provide individual statues and feedback on declined applications.

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

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