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About the RN Residency 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.

Important Dates

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.

Online Applications

Applications Are Closed Until Further Notice

Packet Deadline

The September cohort has been delayed until further notice.

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 your online videos as they make their selections. We appreciate your patience.

Upcoming Program Dates

  • To be determined

Resident Curriculum

One-to-One Preceptor Training

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), 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 resident 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.


The looping experience is an individualized rotation/orientation to all appropriate hospital areas relevant to the resident’s home unit.

How to Apply

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 a total of 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.


New Process:

While we are accepting applications, search for “Versant RN Residency Program” positions at https://jobs.chla .org/rn-residency You may only apply to one unit. Multiple applications will not be considered.

When you are ready to apply for the program you will upload the completed packet PDF 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.

When you apply for your selected unit you will see a link under the heading of “Video Prescreen” on the job posting itself. Once you are ready to complete the short video prescreen process, click the link and follow the instructions on the website. You will need either a webcam on your computer, or a mobile phone to record your video prescreen. You may submit your application and packet either before or after you complete your video prescreen, however your application will not be considered complete until all pieces (application packet and video prescreen) are submitted.

Complete the Packet On-Line as a PDF.

  • A resume and cover letter
  • Current transcripts (unofficial)
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from a clinical instructor (preferably a pediatric instructor) and the second from another clinical instructor, professional, or personal reference
  • Letter of Intent – a statement describing why you are interested in working for the unit 500 words or less
  • Signed Application & New Hire Process and Licensure & Vacation Statement forms

Attached below are the forms to be submitted and additional information for you to print.

Interview Process

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 Monday prior to the start of the program (one week prior to the start of the program) and you must have an active American Heart Association BLS (CPR) card to start the program.

Learn more about this opportunity and other educational services and programs here.

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Program Recognition

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is recognized throughout the United States and around the world for our leadership in pediatric and adolescent medicine, as well as pediatric research. As a Magnet-designated hospital, CHLA is one of America’s premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California for more than 73 years.

Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. The current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Oncology
  • Critical Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Operating Room
  • Centralized Function: Radiology
  • Emergency Department

Program Evaluation

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, we are constantly looking for evidence-based methods of growing and improving the RN Residency program. Feedback from our previous RN Residents is precious to us in our efforts to improve our program. We approach previous RN Residents annually for 5 years after completing the program for feedback on how to improve our program.

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 ten 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.



Pediatric Nursing Careers at CHLA

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, you’ll find the perfect environment to develop your nursing career.

Our program is a national model for helping new nurses learn to provide care for children.

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