Children's Hospital Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nurse Residency Program

How many hours per week do nurse residents work?
This is a full-time position that requires 72-80 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 nights, weekends and holidays?
Nurse residents are full-time professional nurse employees. Thus, the schedule will include some nights, weekends and holidays. Unit nurse managers and nurse educators collaborate to develop a schedule that best meets the resident's learning needs during the residency program. Generally, the nurse resident's schedule will be the same as the staff nurse preceptors 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 other nurses.

What benefits does the residency program offer?
All healthcare and retirement benefits offered any new hire apply to those selected for Children's Colorado Nurse Residency Program.

What is a nurse resident hourly pay rate?
The Human Resources department has the exact figures and will discuss pay and benefits with you upon hire.

What types of scrubs are allowed?
You may wear any kid-friendly, professional-looking scrub with close-toe shoes.

Who should I address my cover letter to?
You may address your cover letter to either the Human Resources Department or to New Graduate Nurse Residency Coordinator.

Who can answer any other questions I might have regarding the program?
For general information about Children’s Hospital Colorado, the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program or to schedule a tour please contact the HR Talent Acquisition Team at

Can I get a tour of the Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz campus?
The Talent Acquisition Team offers tours of the Anschutz hospital on the first and third Friday of the month. To set up a tour, please email with the date and time that you would like to schedule. Title the email "New Grad Hospital Tour."

If you have other questions, email or call 720-777-2379 Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST.