Nurse Residency Program (New Grads)


About the Pediatric Tracks

The pediatric tracks are geared toward new nursing graduates who seek to specialize in pediatric nursing. The program is designed to nurture the new graduate RN in the transition from student to professional. It provides new nurses with the specific tools and experiences needed to begin a successful career in pediatric medicine. Once hired into the program as a full-time employee, your first few weeks are spent in a combination of classroom and clinical experiences.

Pediatric tracks may include:

  • Pediatric Critical Care: PICU,PCICU,HR/PACU, Float Pool
  • Pediatric Acute and Specialty Care: PCARD,STAM,PMAC,PHO
  • Pediatric Emergency
  • Pediatric NICU and Newborn Nursery
  • Pediatric Operating Room: Otolaryngology, Urology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral Maxilofacial Surgery, Interventional Radiology

Clinical experiences in each of the pediatric units are designed to give the new graduate exposure to the patient demographics, the unit environments, and the healthcare professional teams in each area.

Placement in a Home Unit

After orientation to Vanderbilt and its systems, nurse residents are placed in available positions in the pediatric clincial areas. The placements are determined by a collaborative decision made by residency program leaders and unit management. After placement, residents experience a focused orientation in their clinical areas and will work with unit-based preceptors.

Support is a key element in strengthening self-assurance. Throughout the residents'  first year of practice, they are required to attend Nurse Residency workshops, which support and encourage both clinical and professiona growth.

Nurse Residency Program Elligibility and Application Deadlines

  • Graduate Nurse
  • Professional RN with less than 6 months of professional nursing experience at the time of application.

***Click here*** for application deadlines and details for the next Nurse Residency Cohort.

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