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 June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2022
    • 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 September 5, 2022
    • 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 - September 19, 2022
  • 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:
    • Critical Care (CVICU, PICU); Maternity; Labor & Delivery; Acute Care; Hematology/Oncology; Hematology/Oncology Float Team
  • 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.

Application and Review Timelines:

Fall 2022 Cohort

Application Window (Closed):

May 16, 2022 - May 27, 2022


July 25, 2022 - July 28, 2022

Offer Decision:

July 29, 2022

Offer Extension:

August 1, 2022

Cohort Start:

September 19, 2022



Spring 2023 Cohort

Application Window (TBA): 

Mid - October 2023

Interviews (TBA):   

Early - January 2023

Offer Decision (TBA):            

Mid - January 2023

Offer Extension (TBA): 

Late - January 2023

Cohort Start (TBA): 

March 13, 2023


Summer 2023 Cohort

Application Window (TBA): 

Mid - February 2023

Interviews (TBA):   

Mid - April 2023

Offer Decision (TBA):            

Late - April 2023

Offer Extension (TBA):

Early - May 2023

Cohort Start (TBA): 

June 26, 2023


Supporting Documentation and Informational Webinar:


Introduction Webinar

Clinical Hours Table