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 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.


Online Applications

The next cohort will begin on March 7, 2022. Applications will open on Friday, Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. (PST) and close on Friday, Oct. 29 at 12 p.m.

Interview Process

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

  • March 7, 2022
  • September 2022

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 simulation, skills labs and the classroom, being 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.

Supportive Debriefing

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.

You are eligible for the RN Residency program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles if:
  • You have been out of nursing school for two years or less
  • You are a new graduate or an RN with less than one year of nursing experience in any area by the start of the program
  • You have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 or above

  • Application

    New Process
    While we are accepting applications, search for “RN Residency Program” positions at:
    Click here for external applicants
    Click here for internal applicants

    When you are ready to apply for the program you will complete and/or upload the following:
  • A resume
  • Cover letter
  • Complete Essay Questions within the application

  • See Sample:
  • Short Essay Questions

  • Interview Process
    If you are selected for interviews, a Talent Advisor will contact you. The first round of interviews is with our RN Residency Hiring Committee. Those who are successful in advancing to the second round will interview with the unit representative.

    Note: You must have your active California RN license by February 11, 2022, and you must have an active American Heart Association BLS (CPR) and PALS card to start the program.


    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 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.
    • The Transition RN Fellowship 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 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.
    • The updated Transition RN Fellowship curriculum has an added focus on experiential learning in the new 6-bed Las Madrinas Simulation Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This shift from traditional content delivery to complex experiences will ensure our nurses’ success in the modern healthcare system.

    Eligibility for the 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.

    • Summer 2022 (Tentative)


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