New Graduate RN Residency Program

At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, the heart of Stanford Medicine Children's Health, we offer 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 caregivers and want to begin your career learning from a world-class leader in pediatrics and obstetrics, then start with Stanford Medicine 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.

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's - level practice program accredited by the NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). With a degree conferral date between June 2023 and June 2024, for our Fall 2024 cohort. 
  • Must hold current unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure – issued by the State of California, by September 9th for our Fall 2024 cohort.  Note: Interim permits are not accepted
  • Must hold current Basic Life Support Certification - issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), by September 9th for our Fall 2024 cohort
  • May not have any paid work experience as a Registered Nurse, prior to program start in Fall 2024
  • 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, Preceptors, and/or Clinical leaders 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 accurately specifying on-site, virtual, and simulation hours.
  • Willingness to commit to a one (1) year Residency Program

Participating Units – Fall 2024:  To be announced

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:                                                    

Fall 2024 Cohort

Application Window:

April 22, 2024 – May 3, 2024, at noon/12p PDT


April 17, 2024, at 5p PDT

Notification of Status:

By June 26, 2024

Panel Interviews:

July 15 – 19, 2024

Unit Interviews:

July 22 – 26, 2024

Offer Extension:

By July 31, 2024

Cohort Start:

September 23, 2024


Program Overview and Supporting Documentation:

Program Presentation, Summary - Spring 2024 
Program Presentation, Recorded Webinar - Spring 2024
Clinical Hours Table

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