Children's Hospital Colorado

New-Graduate Nurse Residency Program

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

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

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To be considered, all parts of the application must be received by midnight  on the close of the application window. The application process consists of two steps, 1. applying online and 2. emailing a supplemental application. Apply online and attach your cover letter and resume to the online application during application window (see important dates). Submit the supplemental application to

You will need to choose your top 3 units 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. Units hiring new graduate nurses varies each cohort.

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

Apply directly to a New Graduate Nurse/ Clinical Nurse I position during the specified dates (see important dates section). Cover letters may be address to Nurse Residency Coordinator. Address the following in your resume and/or cover letter:

  • 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
  • At the bottom of your cover letter, identify the three 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, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Procedure Center, Ambulatory/Clinic,  Behavioral Health, and Network of Care sites- North Campus-Urgent Care/inpatient. (Units hiring may vary)

    Memorial Hospital (Colorado Springs)- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, General Pediatrics, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit . (Units hiring may vary)

Please note: Recommendations are not required with application. Electronic online recommendations will be requested at time of interview.

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

Applicants should not approach hiring managers directly in regards to nurse residency application and hiring process. All applications must go through Human Resources.

You will receive an email update regarding the status of your application and you may check your status via our career website by logging in and viewing your application. Applicants not selected will receive an email informing them they were not selected.

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

Why work at Children's Hospital Colorado?

A career at Children's Hospital Colorado will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child. Learn more about our national rankings from U.S. News & World Report and our Magnet redesignation in excellence in nursing.