Children's Hospital Colorado


CCNE Commenting Opportunity and Nursing Graduate Hiring Notice

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) seeking third party comments

CCNE is seeking third party comments regarding the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program’s qualification for reaccreditation status. You are hereby informed of the opportunity to submit comments to CCNE. Comments should be received by October 19, 2020. Learn how to submit comments.

Nursing graduate hiring notice: Sept. 4, 2020

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we will only be hiring a small cohort of internal employees for our Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora. However, we are pleased to announce that we will offer a November 2020 cohort at our hospital in Colorado Springs. To apply for the November cohort, please follow the steps outlined in our program timelines. We are continuing to assess the possibility of future New Graduate Residency Program cohorts for all campuses. Please check this website for additional updates.

New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The New Graduate Nurse Residency Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado is your entry point into a meaningful career at a top-ranked pediatric hospital. We provide innovative training that exposes you to the future of children’s healthcare.

New Graduate Nurse Residency Program at Children’s Colorado: Why work with us?

At Children’s Colorado, new graduate nurse residents benefit from the following:

  • Well-rounded training
    Our structured program includes classroom instruction, clinical lab and simulation activities, precepted clinical experience and mentorship. You’ll have many opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.
  • Guidance and support
    Residency is our investment in the next generation of nurses. With that in mind, we offer caring, evidence-based support as you transition to your first professional position.
  • Learning from the best
    Our team members inspire each other to pursue excellence each day.

Hiring criteria for nurse residents

Children’s Hospital Colorado follows these hiring criteria for nurse residents:

  • Update: Though we typically require that our residency program is your first position as a registered nurse, we’re temporarily changing this requirement due to COVID-19. Until further notice, we will evaluate any candidate with six months or less of experience for acceptance to our program. 
  • We hire new graduate nurses from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited baccalaureate-level (BSN) or higher programs.
  • If you’ve completed an associate degree-to-BSN program, you are only eligible to apply to the Nurse Residency Program if this will be your first nursing position.
  • 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 Colorado state registered nurse license and pre-employment requirements.

Application requirements

Please note the following requirements:

  • Cover letters (Denver Metro and Colorado Springs)
    Address your cover letter to the Nurse Residency Coordinator. At the bottom of your cover letter, list the three to four units in which you are most interested. The units hiring new graduate nurses vary in each cohort. Download the list of current hiring units here.
  • Colorado Springs hospital
    A separate Clinical Nurse I position will be posted for our Colorado Springs hospital. The units hiring new graduate nurses vary in each cohort. Download the list of current hiring units here.
  • Applying for both positions
    If you are applying to both the Anschutz Medical Campus (Denver Metro) and Colorado Springs locations, you must submit all parts of the application to both positions (online application and email documents). The emailed documents for both locations can all be submitted as one email. If applying to both locations, indicate the location name in the name of the document.
  • Anschutz
    In order to be considered for a graduate nurse position in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), or the Emergency Department, the candidate must have had previous paid experience (certified nursing assistant (CNA), advanced clinical practitioner (ACP), nurse intern, emergency medical technician (EMT), etc.) or a non-paid position (Senior Practicum, externship, etc.) in a critical care department. We prefer that candidates have experience in pediatrics.
  • Colorado Springs
    The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) prefers Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience but it is not required. If interested in working in the Emergency Department, the candidate must have had previous paid experience (certified nursing assistant (CNA), advanced clinical practitioner (ACP), nurse intern, emergency medical technician (EMT), etc.) or a non-paid position (Senior Practicum, externship, etc.) in a critical care department. We prefer that candidates have experience in pediatrics.
  • Information to include in your application
    Please make sure the following information is included in either your resume or cover letter:
    • Volunteer experience or community work in which you have participated
    • Membership in professional nursing organizations (SNA, Sigma Theta Tau, SPN, etc.)
    • Work with children (day care, camp counselor, swim coach, nanny, etc.)
    • Professional work experience in a healthcare setting
    • Leadership roles within healthcare settings or professional organizations
    • Additional degrees in fields other than nursing
    • Fluency in languages other than English
    • Grade point average (GPA)

Application process

To be considered, you must submit all parts of the application by 11:59 p.m. MT on the close of the application period. We cannot review late submissions. The application process consists of two phases. You must submit both an online application and an emailed application for consideration:

  1. Apply online
    • View available nurse residency positions in our online database.
    • Select the position you’re interested in. Then, complete the online application during the application period (see important application dates).
    • Please attach cover letter and resume (in that order) as a single document when uploading your online application.
    • Title the uploaded document as "First Name Last Name Application.”
  2. Email all application documents
    • Download and complete the supplemental application. Save the document as "First Name Last Name Supplemental.” Last question on the supplemental application asks you to explain your interest in your top three units. If you do not have a unit preference, explain why.
    • Cover letter and resume should be combined in one document and titled "First Name Last Name Application.”
    • Submit your supplemental application, along with another copy of your cover letter and resume, to NurseResidencyProgram@childrenscolorado.org. The email subject line should read, “First Name Last Name Application."

Important reminders

  • When submitting the electronic portion of your application, you will be asked a series of 20 questions. If applying for both Anschutz Medical Campus and Colorado Springs, you will need to answer the questions on both applications. Please make sure you answer all questions, as 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. For instance, if the question states, “March 2018 to January 2019” and your graduation date is December 2018, you would answer “yes.”
  • When you upload your resume and cover letter to the electronic applicant system, the system will automatically populate the electronic application with information from your resume.
    • Please only submit one application.
    • If you withdraw your application and resubmit, you will not be given the option to answer the questions again.
    • The questions and required attachments are all we need for the online portion of the application.
    • Recommendations are not required with your application. Electronic online recommendations are requested at the time of interview.
  • All parts of the application process need to be submitted by the application deadline.

Current employees of Children’s Colorado

If you’re 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 NurseResidencyProgram@childrenscolorado.org.

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Application status

Please confirm all parts of the application are complete before submission. After submission, you will not receive a confirmation email, but the status will show as "submitted."

We do our best to keep you updated on your status. However, due to the high volume of applicants, we cannot provide individual status updates and feedback on declined applications. Please be patient while we review all applications thoroughly, as this is a time-intensive process.

Applicants not selected will be informed via email.

Search available positions

View available nurse residency positions in our online database.

If offered a position in the residency program, candidates need to be available during the time prior to the start to complete all pre-hire requirements. If you have travel plans or a conflict, please make sure to notify us at the time of the verbal offer.

For additional questions, please review our frequently asked questions and answers.