Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency

Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency

Nurses in training with infant dummy

Providing quality, compassionate care is key to fulfilling our mission: to make life better for children. That’s why we make exceptional training opportunities a priority at Children’s Health. We recognize that it takes devoted and motivated nurses like you to continue to allow us to provide the superior care that has captured the attention of U.S. News & World Report. Children’s Health has been named one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation and is ranked in all ten specialties — a distinction enjoyed by no other pediatric hospital in the region. 

Here you will learn from the best. Our exemplary nurses attained Magnet® Designation, an elite award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Magnet® Designation recognizes superior nursing care— a benchmark of quality and adherence to best practices that places Children’s among the top 5 percent of pediatric hospitals in the country.

If you’re considering a career specializing in the care of children, Children’s Health offers the year-long Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program to transition new graduate nurses to professional practice. The program is designed for new graduate nurses from BSN programs who want to specialize in pediatric nursing. Residency opportunities are available in Critical Care Services, Acute Care Services, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Emergency Department and Perioperative Services. The curricular framework provided by the Residency Program is designed to support the transition from advanced beginner to competent professional.

Benefits of our residency

  • A combination of  didactic and clinical experiences
  • Small group reflection
  • Supportive cohort of peers
  • Opportunity to work on an evidenced based project

Eligibility Requirements/ Application Process

Eligibility Requirements/Application Process

July 2018 Residency

Application open: January 9, 2018

Application close: February 9, 2018


  • Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate nursing program (BSN)
  • Must pass the NCLEX prior to the start of the nurse residency program ( a Texas or compact RN license is required)
  • Must be a new BSN graduate and have less than 1 year experience
  • Current American Heart Association CPR/BLS –Healthcare Provider card

Application Process

  • Complete an online application for the Nurse Residency Program
  • Submit an electronic resume (part of the application process)
  • Reference letters are not required as part of the initial application

If a position is offered

  • Submit an official transcript from the university or college attended
  • HR will request an electronic submission of references through Skill Survey
Selection Process

Selection Process


  • A recruiter will review all applications received prior to the deadline
  • Applications will be screened to ensure candidates meet the residency qualifications
  • A recruiter will pre-screen candidates and select candidates for interviews
  • If you are selected for an interview, a recruiter will be contacting you to arrange an appointment


  • Application opens January 9, 2018
  • Application closes February 9, 2018
  • Onsite interviews will be held on March 9th and March 12th, 2018
Compensation & Benefits

Compensation & Benefits

The Nurse Residency Program is a paid program; Nurse residents:

  • Are considered full-time employees
  • Will begin earning pay on their first day of employment
  • Are eligible for comprehensive benefits package
  • Will accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) when employment begins


Nurse Residency Program Details

Nurse Residency Program Details

The Nurse Residency Program (NRP)

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program is a yearlong residency built upon evidenced-based curriculum. During the program, nurse residents  will participate in a series of learning and work experiences that are geared toward transition to a competent professional. At the end of the program, nurse residents will have improved confidence, competence, prioritization, communication skills, and decreased stress levels.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the NRP, the nurse resident will:

  • Make the transition from advanced beginner nurse to competent professional nurse in the clinical environment
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance
  • Provide clinical nursing leadership at the point of care
  • Strengthen his or her commitment to nursing as a professional career choice
  • Formulate an individual development plan for his or her new clinical role
  • Incorporate research-based evidence linked to practice outcomes into the care he or she provides

Didactic Lectures and Reflection Sessions cover topics related to:

  • Leadership
  • Quality Outcomes
  • Professional Role

By Your Side

We are one of the largest providers of pediatric general surgery in the North Texas region. Our team of pediatric surgeons provides diagnosis, consultation, treatment and follow-up care 24 hours a day. We perform over 4,300 surgeries annually at four convenient locations.