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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 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, 2022 and December 31, 2023, for our Spring 2024 cohort. Note: Graduates of on-line or distance learning nursing programs are not accepted
  • Must hold current unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure – issued by the State of California, by March 11th for our Spring 2024 cohort.  Note: Interim permits are not accepted
  • Must hold current Basic Life Support Certification - issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), by March 11th for our Spring 2024 cohort
  • May not have any paid work experience as a Registered Nurse, prior to program start in Spring 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.
  • Willingness to commit to a one (1) year Residency Program.
     

Participating Units – Spring 2024:  Subject to change  

  • Pediatric Acute Care:
    • Medical-Surgical Units (PCU 300, PCU 360, and PCU 400)
    • Cardiac Step-down Unit (PCU 200)
  • Pediatric Critical Care:
    • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Pediatric Surgery:
    • Operating Room (OR)
    • Neonatal Care:
      • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Level IV
      • Intermediate Care Nursery (ICN), Level II
    • Obstetric Care:
      • Labor and Delivery (L&D)
      • Maternity

    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 (stanfordchildrens.org)


    Application and Review Timelines:                                                    

    Spring 2024 Cohort

    Application Window: 

    October 9 – October 20, 2023 at noon/12p PT

    Notification of Status:

    By December 22, 2023

    Panel Interviews:

    January 8 – January 11, 2024

    Unit Interviews:

    January 15 – January 18, 2024

    Offer Extension:

    January 22, 2024

    Cohort Start:

    March 25, 2024


    Fall 2024 Cohort

    Application Window: 

    TBA

    Notification of Status:

    TBA

    Panel Interviews:

    TBA

    Unit Interviews:

    TBA

    Offer Extension:

    TBA

    Cohort Start:

    September 23, 2024

     

    Supporting Documentation and Informational Webinar:

    Program Presentation

    Informational Webinar

    Clinical Hours Table

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