Children's Hospital Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nurse Residency Program

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.

How many hours per week do nurse residents work?

This is a full-time position that requires 72 to 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?

Residents receive the same healthcare and retirement benefits offered to other new employees. Learn about our pay and benefits.

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 closed-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 other questions I have regarding the program?

For general information about Children’s Colorado or the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at

Can I get a tour of the Children's Colorado locations?

Our Talent Acquisition Team offers tours of our locations at Anschutz and Colorado Springs campuses based on availability each month. This must be confirmed in advance. 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." Please be advised that walk-ins are not preferred or guaranteed a tour.

Additional information

If you have other questions about the Nurse Residency Program, email, or call 720-777-6257 or 720-491-8000 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MT.