Registered Nurse Residency

The Registered Nurse (RN) Residency Program provides comprehensive extended nursing orientation based on current theories and concepts using evidenced-based practices. The Transitions Program was developed by expert competent professionals within Driscoll Children’s Hospital specifically for the novice nurse. Whether you are providing care to the neonate or to the adolescent, our program instructors and multidisciplinary professional staff are there to help build your pediatric nursing foundation in a supportive and structured environment.

Our mission is to prepare and offer novice nurses the necessary tools, knowledge, skills, and support needed for transition from a student nurse to a professional registered nurse.

Master your professional practice and build your pediatric experience here at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.


Simulation & Skill Days

  • AED, LifeFlow, crash cart, spill kit
  • LifePak, hoyer, EZ Glide
  • Bag mask ventilation, Medfusion pump, syringe pump, g-tube care, trach care
  • Sepsis simulation
  • Asthma simulation
  • Blood transfusion process
  • Cardioversion, defibrillation, code sheet documentation

Lecture Topics

  • Pediatric Pharmacokinetics
  • Cancer in Children
  • Pediatric Sepsis
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Nursing Care of the Child with Congenital Heart Disease
  • High Risk Discharge Planning
  • Diabetes Management
  • Seizure Care in Pediatric Patients

Program Overview

  • Approximately 6 months of competency based orientation
  • 18 didactic class days
  • Simulation and skills sessions built into classes
  • Apply ethical & legal principles when caring for pediatric clients & their families

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be graduating (or have graduated in the past year) from an accredited school of nursing
  • Must submit complete application (see requirements below)
  • GPA of 3.00 or higher preferred
  • BLS required upon hire

Limited openings make Driscoll’s Nurse Residency-Transitions Program highly competitive. Selection will be based on meeting the minimum requirements, GPA, completed application, resume, and the interview process.

Required Application Process:

  1. Complete the online application - Will be available here when accepting applications for the next cohort
  2. Attach a cover letter that includes what interests you about nursing (specifically pediatrics)
  3. Attach a current resume
  4. Attach a recent copy of an unofficial school transcript
  5. Optional: Attach up to 2 letters of recommendation

Important Information and Dates:

  • RN license must be obtained prior to day 1 of Class (Didactic)
  • Selections for interview will be made based on meeting the minimum requirements, GPA, submission of complete application, resume, etc.
  • The interview process will include a panel interview and a possible follow-up peer interview.
  • Hiring selections will be made for unit-specific decisions based on the above processes

For questions, contact Tammy Cibrian, Clinical Recruiter at