New Graduate RN Residency Program

At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, the heart of Stanford 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 January 31, 2022 and January 31, 2023, for our Summer 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 June 12th  for our Summer 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 June 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.

Specialty Tracks – Summer 2023:

  • Pediatric Acute Care (PCU 300, PCU 400)
  • Pediatric Cardiac Stepdown (PCU 200)
  • Pediatric Hematology Oncology (PCU 500/520)
  • Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Neonatal – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit IV (NICU)
  • Neonatal Float Team – Johnson Center
  • Labor & Delivery– Johnson Center
  • Maternity – Johnson Center


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:                                                    

Summer 2023 Cohort

Application Window: 

February 13-24, 2023 at Noon/12pm PST

Notification of Status:

By April 18, 2023

Panel Interviews:    

April 24-27, 2023

Unit Interviews: 

May 2-5, 2023

Offer Extension:

May 8, 2023

Cohort Start 

June 26, 2023


Fall 2023 Cohort

Application Window:

May 15-May 26, 2023, at 12pm PST

Interviews (TBA):   

Mid- July 2023

Unit Interviews (TBA):

Late- July 2023

Offer Extension (TBA):

Late - July 2023

Cohort Start: 

September 25, 2023


Spring 2024 Cohort

Application Window: 

October 16 - October 27, 2024 at noon/12p.m. PST

Panel Interviews (TBA):

Early - January 2024

Unit Interviews (TBA):

Mid - January 2024

Offer Extension (TBA):

Late - January 2024

Cohort Start (TBA): 

March 18, 2024


Supporting Documentation and Informational Webinar:

Program Presentation

Informational Webinar

Clinical Hours Table

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