Children's Hospital Colorado

New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

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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.

The employee-based nurse residency program at Children’s Colorado is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

What our program offers

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

Eligibility criteria for nurse residents

  • Candidates are required to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited programs.
  • Candidates must have graduated from an accredited nursing program within the past 12 months of a cohort start date.
  • Employment is contingent upon passing NCLEX and obtaining a Colorado or Compact state registered nurse license and pre-employment requirements.
  • In order to be considered for a nurse resident position at the Anschutz Medical Campus in any area of critical care (pediatric intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, cardiac intensive care unit and/or the emergency department), candidates must have had previous paid experience (CNA, nurse extern, EMT, etc.) or a non-paid position (ex: senior practicum) in a critical care department. We prefer that candidates have experience in pediatrics.
  • In order to be considered for a nurse resident position at the Colorado Springs Campus in the emergency department or pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), candidates must have previous paid experience as a 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. The neonatal intensive care unit prefers intensive care unit (ICU) experience, but it is not required.

Important dates for February 2022 cohort

Individuals graduating between February and December 2021:

  • Start date: Feb. 21, 2022
  • Application window: Oct. 4-22, 2021. All application parts need to be submitted by Oct. 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MT.
  • Application review and candidate notification*: November/December 2021
  • Must have a Colorado or multistate compact RN license by Feb. 9, 2022

*Please note that everyone who has applied will receive an update regarding their application status.

Thank you for your patience while we complete this process.

If candidates are offered a position in the residency program, they must be available for at least two weeks before the start date 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.

Please continue to monitor this page for updates regarding our upcoming New Graduate Nurse Residency programs for 2022.

Application requirements

  • Cover letters (Denver Metro and Colorado Springs): Address your cover letter to the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program. At the bottom of your cover letter, list the three 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.
  • Applying to both Denver Metro and Colorado Springs positions: You must apply to each campus individually and complete the application process for each campus. Refer to the application process below for details.
  • Please ensure 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 a complete 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 steps.

  1. Apply online
    • View available Clinical Nurse New Graduate positions in our online database.
    • Select the position you’re interested in. Then, complete the online application during the application period.
    • 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. Respond to the online questionnaire.
    • After you have applied online, our talent acquisition team will send you an email with the link to an online questionnaire.
    • The online questionnaire will consist of basic application information (best contact information, application requirements, etc.) and short response questions.
    • Please respond to the questionnaire within 72 hours from when it is received.
    • Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not see the email with the link to the questionnaire by the application deadline. If you still do not see the link, please email

Important reminders

  • Please only submit one application per campus. If you are applying to both the Anschutz campus and the Colorado Springs campus, you will need to apply to both Clinical Nurse New Graduate job openings.
  • References are not required at the time you submit your application. Electronic online references will be requested if you are selected for an interview.
  • You must submit your online application to a Clinical Nurse New Graduate position by the application deadline in order to be considered.
  • You must submit your online questionnaire within 72 hours from when it was received.

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.

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 who are not selected will be informed via email.

Search available positions

View available Clinical Nurse New Graduate positions in our online database.


At Children’s Colorado, our Nurse Residency Program provides innovative training for new nurses. Below are some of the questions applicants frequently ask about our program.

Contact information

If you have questions, please contact us via email.