The roots of CHKD began in 1896 with a visiting nurse program. Over a century later, nursing is still at the core of CHKD's mission. Today, we are Virginia's only free-standing and independent pediatric hospital. Nursing practice occurs in inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory/urgent care and community settings and we welcome nurses with all levels or skill, experience and knowledge to our family of talented employees, dedicated to providing the highest quality of care.
Your Nursing Career with CHKDHS
All nurses at CHKD are provided with a one-on-one preceptored orientation. CHKD's unique orientation ensures that the new employee is given the appropriate tools and knowledge to excel in a career as a pediatric nurse.
A Kick-start to Your Career
CHKD's comprehensive new graduate nursing orientation is a 10-16 week program
that provides nurses with the classroom and clinical experiences needed to get
them started on a successful career in pediatric nursing.
Classes during the first week of orientation provide general employment
information and cover the health system's philosophy and policies, role
expectation and special services. Pediatric concepts are highlighted and core
clinical skills are reviewed. Topics addressed during that first week
- CHKD services and resources
- Pediatric clinical concepts and skills
- Policy highlights
- Interpersonal skills
- Networking opportunities
The following weeks will immerse the new employee in their specific
department. Information covered includes patient population and patient care
routines, department environment and unit-specific policies. Dedicated staff
nurse preceptors will also provide supervised clinical experiences and bedside
instruction, all overseen by unit based education coordinators and/or mastered
prepared nurse specialists. The length of this preceptored clinical component
varies with each department, and with the previous experience of the nurse.
Additional orientation programs are included depending on the department and
role. These programs include classroom sessions, computer assisted modules and
self-learning activities. Some of examples include:
- Computer training (hospital information systems)
- Life support training, including CPR, pre-arrest decisions course, PALS (pediatric advanced life support), and NRP (neonatal resuscitation program)
Additional clinical programs are provided as appropriate for each department
and may include:
- Building excellence in pediatric nursing care
- Central venous line management
- Parent CPR and safety awareness
- Burn care course
- NICU progress programs
- PICU critical are classes
- Specific Emergency department training
- Operating room internship
Once orientation is complete, each unit is encourages their staff to mentor and to provide further support and role modeling.