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RN New Grad Residency

Rady Children’s Hospital offers 3 New Graduate Nurse Residency cohorts annually – Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each cohort is an 18-week comprehensive education and training program designed specifically to transition newly-graduated Registered Nurses from students to safe, competent and professional health care practitioners.

Please note that the window to apply to the Summer 2019 cohort has closed. Updates regarding application to the Fall 2019 cohort will post to this page, as available.

New Graduate RN Residency FAQs

Do you hire RN New Grads outside of the Residency?

No, we do not. Our Residency Program is specifically tailored to enhance the experience of the New Graduate RN. The Residency is for genuine new graduate nurses - those who have less than six months of nursing experience. We do periodically offer training into specialty areas for RNs with 3 to 5 years of current nursing experience, including New to Pediatrics, New to NICU, and New to Pediatric ED. Please access our website for details.

Do you have Nurse Externships available?

We are not currently offering externships.

Can I receive a tour of the hospital?

We are sorry, but we are unable to fulfill New Grad tour requests at this time. If you are granted an interview, you should be able to receive a mini-tour from the department leadership at the time of your interview. Unfortunately, we are also unable to accommodate requests for job shadowing opportunities.

What can I do to increase my chances of being considered?

Having experience in pediatrics as a nursing assistant or a nurse extern is helpful, as are clinical rotations or leadership and capstone rotations in pediatrics, especially in the specialty area where you wish to be considered (NICU, ED, Medical, etc.). BSN or MSN graduates only are being considered at this time. It is also helpful to already have BLS, NRP, and/or PALS or PEARS - depending on the area where you're interested in working. Involvement in a professional organization reflecting the area of interest is also valuable. Please be aware that positions in our New Grad RN Residency Program are very limited, and since we receive an extremely large number of applicants, unfortunately we are unable to interview every applicant. We will only consider applicants who’ve graduated from nursing school within 12 months prior to the residency start date.

Do I need reference letters?

Any recommendation or reference letters can be brought to the interview. They should be addressed to "To Whom It May Concern". Most candidates have two to three references letters. Selected applicants will be asked to complete a Skill Survey reference profile.

Must I have my California RN License before I apply?

No, but you must have your license prior to the start of the Residency, in order to be considered. Please remember that it can take quite some time for the California BRN to process NCLEX ATT dates, or to transfer licensure from another state. Please note that we are unable to consider Interim Permits.

It’s not just caring about children that make our nurses so special. It’s our dedication to specialized training and sensitivity that is perfected by caring for our youngsters 100 percent of the time. At Rady Children’s, you’ll receive the support you need to make the successful transition from nursing student to professional nurse.

Additional benefits of this paid RN residency include:

  • Generous shift differentials beginning at the onset of the Resident Training Program
  • Retirement plan, including tax-deferred savings
  • Comprehensive, flexible employee benefits package
  • Paid Leave and Sick Leave accruals beginning your first day of work

Registered Nurse - New to Pediatrics Program

This unique opportunity is for RNs with at least 1-2 years of acute care experience. The program is designed to transition from an adult-based practice to pediatrics, and includes classes and shifts with a clinical preceptor. When available, opportunities will be posted in our job postings.

Respiratory Therapy Residency

Rady Children’s Hospital cohorts annually for both Respiratory Therapists and Adult to Pediatrics Respiratory Therapists.

We are not running a Spring cohort for RTs; please check back regularly for updates.

Respiratory Therapy Residency FAQs

How many hours per week do the RT Residents work?

This is a full-time position that requires 72 hours per two-week pay period for the full 20 weeks; however, there may be times where the residents will work up to 80 hours during the pay period. Number of days per week varies depending on the number of residency classes, as well as unit-based class days.

When are the residency class days?

There are a total of 18 residency class days throughout the 20-week program. There are four class days per month, and typically the classes are every other Thursday and Friday. Each class day is 6.5 hours long (included in that time is a 30-minute unpaid lunch). Each resident is expected to attend every residency class.

What types of classes do the residents attend?

The residency curriculum is developed so that it is applicable to all RT Residents; all RT Residents attend the classes together. The blended-learning curriculum is designed to enhance the general pediatric knowledge base of the residents and is specific to practice at Rady Children’s. The curriculum includes computer-based learning modules, lecture presentations, case studies, hands-on activities, small group discussions and team-building workshops. Residents also participate in mentoring and debriefing sessions during class day. Residents attend unit-based core classes at the discretion of the departments to which they are hired.

Are the RT Residents required to work nights, weekends and holidays?

All residents follow their preceptors’ schedules, and will therefore work some weekends. Each unit provides a unique educational experience that involves rotating between days and nights while on orientation. There is no holiday requirement while the residents are on orientation. The residents’ schedules are provided by the Respiratory Therapy Department.

Are the RT Residents eligible for vacation?

The residents are expected to attend every class day. They are also expected to follow their preceptors’ schedules. Any long weekend vacations must be scheduled around class days, as well as the schedules that are provided to them by the Respiratory Therapy Department. Flexibility of the RT Residents is very important. The leadership and management team will assist the residents as best as possible to meet occasional scheduling needs.

The RT Residents are eligible to request extended vacations once the 20-week orientation period has concluded and once they have accrued an adequate amount of paid leave time to cover their time off.

Once the Residents complete the program, what shift will they be working?

The residents will continue working full-time (72-hours per pay period). They will rotate day shift and night shift for a period of one year, after which they will go to a straight night shift position, and be eligible for a straight day shift position dependent upon Respiratory Therapy Department need.

Respiratory Therapist – New to Pediatrics Program

This unique opportunity is for Respiratory Therapists with at least 3 years of adult ICU background. The program is designed to transition from an adult-based practice to pediatrics and includes classes and shifts with a clinical preceptor. When available, opportunities will be posted in our job postings.

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