New Graduate RN Residency Program

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, the heart of Stanford Children's Health, offers exceptional opportunities for current students and recent graduates to complete their residency. Our program greatly enhances your education through exposure to many of today’s top medical advancements and the individuals responsible for them. If you’re passionate about caring for babies, children and new mothers and want to begin your career learning from a world-class leader in pediatrics and obstetrics then start with Stanford Children's Health.

We've partnered with Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the nursing profession, to develop a comprehensive new graduate RN residency program. This unique one-year Residency is different from the traditional new graduate program because it provides an evidenced-based transition to prepare new graduate nurses for the highly complex and fast-paced acute care environment of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. New graduates will also benefit from:

  • A supportive network of senior nurses and debriefers to augment your education through professional, clinical experience expertise
  • One-on-one guided clinical experience with a preceptor
  • On-site classes and simulation-based education
  • An easy-to-use web portal and supportive self-care/debriefing groups

Program Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be a Graduate of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program accredited by the NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). With a degree conferral date between December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2022, for our Spring 2023 cohort
    • Graduates of on-line or distance learning nursing programs are not accepted
  • Must hold current Registered Nurse licensure – issued by the State of California, by March 6th for our Spring 2023 cohort
    • Interim permits are not accepted
  • Must hold current Basic Life Support Certification - issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), which will be valid through the end of the residency program
  • May not have any paid work experience as a Registered Nurse, prior to program start in March 2023
  • Must be willing to commit to a one (1) year Residency Program

Program Applicant Documentation:

  • Current Resume
  • Cover letter which indicates your reason for applying to LPCHS New Graduate RN Residency and your first and second choice, among the participating units
  • Two (2) signed letters of recommendation ("wet" or electronic signature), from Nursing Clinical Faculty and/or Preceptors on School of Nursing/Hospital letterhead (Max of 3 letters) 
  • Complete college transcripts and transfer transcripts, if applicable (Unofficial copies are accepted)
  • Clinical Hours Table (linked below) - Download and populate the table with preceptorship/practicum and clinical rotations.
    • Please include all hours - clinical, simulation, and/or virtual
  • Willingness to commit to 1 year Residency Program.


Participating Units – Spring 2023 Cohort:

  • Acute Care: Pediatric Medical Surgical (PCU 300, 360, 400 or El Camino PEC)
  • Acute Care Float Pool: Pediatric Medical Surgical Units (PCU 200, 300, 360, 400, 500/520, and Short Stay)
  • Bass Center: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell (PCU 500/520)
  • Bass Center Float Pool: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell and Medical Surgical Units
  • Critical Care: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Heart Center: Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (PCVICU)
  • Heart Center: Pediatric Cardiac Stepdown Unit (PCU 200)
  • Neonatal Care: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Level IV
  • Neonatal Care: Intermediate Care Nursery (ICN), Level II
  • Surgical Services: Pediatric Operating Room (OR)


For a description of our patient care areas, please click here: Nursing Units at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford - Stanford Medicine Children's Health (


Application and Review Timelines:


Spring 2023 Cohort


Application Window (Closed): 


October 17, 2022 – October 28, 2022 at Noon PST

Application Feedback

By December 20, 2022

Unit Interviews:    

January 16-20, 2023

Offer Extension             

January 23, 2023

Cohort Start:

March 20, 2023


Summer 2023 Cohort

Application Window (TBA): 

Mid - February 2023

Interviews (TBA):   

Late - April 2023

Offer Extension (TBA):

Early - May 2023

Cohort Start (TBA): 

June 26, 2023


Fall 2023 Cohort

Application Window (TBD): 

Mid – May 2023

Interviews (TBA):   

Late - July 2023

Offer Extension (TBA):

Early  - August  2023

Cohort Start: 

September 25, 2023


Supporting Documentation and Informational Webinar:


Introduction Webinar

Clinical Hours Table