NURSING AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
As a nurse, you approach care with energy and resolve. When you join us, you’ll find the perfect environment to develop your nursing career. We stop at nothing to make sure that every patient we see gets to enjoy all the special moments of childhood.
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we do our best to offer health and hope.
With a collaborative model and multidisciplinary approach, we embrace teamwork in everything we do. That helps our nurses make a difference where it matters most—in delivering compassionate, expert bedside care. The skill and uncommon dedication of our nurses explains why we’re one of the few hospitals to earn Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Our commitment to care begins with our professionals, and as an organization, we’re equally committed to supporting your career goals. As just one example of the support you’ll find here, we are the founding hospital for the Versant RN Residency Program, now implemented across the nation to improve nurse education. With numerous opportunities at CHLA for training and mentorship in a range of specialty areas, you’ll have the resources and encouragement to develop your nursing career. If you’re ready to make a difference for thousands of children while elevating pediatric medicine as a whole, join us.
RN NEW GRADUATE RESIDENCY IN PEDIATRICS
About the Program
Nursing Units and Specialties
About the Program
At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, it is our goal to take care of acutely ill and injured children in today’s increasingly complex technological environment. New graduate nurses need extended clinical experiences with appropriate support systems for a successful transition from nursing student to professional nurse.
At CHLA, we understand the needs of new graduate nurses as they integrate into the profession. To meet those needs, we offer the Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics, which provides the specific tools and experiences needed by new graduates to become successful pediatric nurses.
CHLA is the founding hospital of the Versant RN Residency. Created in July 1999, the 22-week program provides new nursing school graduates with a comprehensive clinical and learning experience to prepare them for work in an acute care environment. It has become the model for new graduate nurse residency programs throughout the United States.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Centralized Function: Radiology
Results of Previous Evaluations
Feedback received from program graduates has resulted in significant changes to the way the program is delivered. A few examples of these changes include:
Making classes more interactive
Increasing direct applicability to nursing practice
Focusing mentor meetings on career and professional development
Reordering skill labs so most important skills are taught earlier in the program
Evaluations have also helped us show the value of this great program, as over the last 10 years we have decreased turnover among new graduate nurses.
One-year turnover rate: reduced from 36% to less than 6%
Two-year turnover rate: reduced from 56% to less than 13%
Nursing Units and Specialties
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) offers nurses and RNs the opportunity to specialize in several critical care areas, including cardiovascular care, critical care, hematology-oncology, medical services, rehabilitation and surgical.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has had to respond rapidly to new and changing business needs prompted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) so that we may continue to deliver the highest level of care to our patients and employees. As a result, the organization has decided to delay the RN Residency Program for 2021.
The next cohort will be held on September 20, 2021. Log on to jobs.chla.org to apply.
Applications will open on Wednesday May 26th 5:00 PM (PST) and will close on June 9th.
Please submit your application along with the packet as described on How to Apply.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified via e-mail. Please allow Talent Acquisition and the Unit Managers sufficient time to review the packets and make their selections. We appreciate your patience.
Upcoming Program Dates
- September 20, 2021
- February 2022 Tentative
One-to-One Preceptor Training
At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, our RN residents spend 75% of the program time receiving one-to-one precepted training in the clinical setting. Our preceptors are experienced bedside pediatric nurses who are specially trained to provide expert clinical guidance to the resident.
Skills and Practice
RN residents spend the remaining 25% of the program time in the classroom and skills labs, taught by our expert pediatric nurses and subject-matter experts. These sessions give the residents the tools necessary to make the transition from new graduate RN to specialty pediatric RN.
Dedicated Mentors, Coaches and Resources
Mentors are provided to help guide the residents in their career development and provide them with the tools needed to grow professionally.
Our RN residents participate in debriefing and self-care groups throughout the program. Our debriefing sessions are mediated by various members of our multidisciplinary team. In these forums, residents can gain skills to help manage stress and share experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
The looping experience is an individualized rotation/orientation to all appropriate hospital areas relevant to the resident’s home unit.
While we are accepting applications, search for “Versant RN Residency Program” positions at jobs.chla.org/rn-residency.
When you are ready to apply for the program you will upload the completed packet where it indicates to upload Resume. If your application packet is larger than 4 MB you will need to separate it into two files and upload them under the “Resume” and “Cover” letter sections.
Attached below are the forms to be submitted and additional information for you to print.
The number of positions in the program is limited. If you are selected for an in-person interview, a Talent Advisor will contact you. If you are not contacted for an interview, then you were not selected.
Note: You must have your active California RN license by the 20th of August prior to the start of the program and you must have an active American Heart Association BLS (CPR) and PALS card to start the program. Learn more about this opportunity and other educational services and programs here.
VERSANT RN FELLOWSHIP IN PEDIATRICS
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is excited to present a new training program for the experienced registered nurse who is interested in transitioning to an acute care pediatric setting. The Versant Transition RN Fellowship at CHLA prepares and supports experienced nurses as they enter into a pediatric specialty area. The program is offered twice a year, in August and February. Learn more about this opportunity and other educational services and programs below.
- CHLA is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent medicine. As a Magnet-designated hospital, CHLA is one of America’s premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC for more than 73 years. We also are a national leader in pediatric research.
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CHLA’s New Graduate RN Residency in Pediatrics is also accredited by the ANCC, which makes CHLA the second hospital in the country with two accredited Transition to Practice programs.
- The Versant Transition RN Fellowship ranges from 12 to 16 weeks depending on the area of specialty and includes competency-driven clinical immersion and curriculum, as well as formal mentoring and debriefing.
- Each transition RN fellowship receives an individualized learning plan for competency acquisition based on a performance gap analysis process.
- Vital professional development topics—such as career planning, conflict resolution, the culture of a new unit, self-confidence and goal setting—are presented and discussed.
Eligibility for the Versant Transition RN Fellowship Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles:
- A registered nurse with at least one year of experience working as an RN in an acute care setting.
- BSN or MSN degree
- Current American Heart Association CPR and PALS certification
Apply online using our Nursing Career Opportunities Search.
- You will be able to view and apply to the areas that are accepting applicants for the program.
- Please complete the entire online application; attaching a resume is highly recommended.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has had to respond rapidly to new and changing business needs prompted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) so that we may continue to deliver the highest level of care to our patients and employees. As a result, the organization has decided to delay the Transition Fellowship until further notice.
- To be determined