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Nursing at CHKD

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Nursing at CHKD

We welcome nurses with all levels of skill, experience and knowledge to our family of talented employees. Work in any of the following disciplines:

Orientation for the New Inpatient Nurse

All inpatient 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.

CHKD's comprehensive new graduate inpatient 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.

Transition to Practice Program (TTP) for the Newly Licensed Nurse

To support newly licensed RNs who are transitioning from student nurse to practicing nurse, CHKD is proud to offer a Transition to Practice (TTP) program.


  • Monthly professional development sessions
  • Opportunities for networking and developing relationships with peers and nurse leaders


  • Enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Facilitate transition and socialization into new role and environment
  • Increase job satisfaction and engagement
  • Improve retention rates


All inpatient nurses hired into the patient care services division with less than one year of experience as a licensed RN will be enrolled into the six-month Transition to Practice Program.

FAQs about CHKD’s Transition to Practice Program

Do I need to complete an additional application for the program?

No. There is no additional application for the TTP Program. You will be automatically enrolled into the program upon hire.

What if I have at least six months of experience as an RN? Do I have to participate in the program?

At CHKD, we aim to support nurses of all experience levels. For anyone with less than one year of experience, we strive to provide additional support to ensure a smooth transition from academia to the clinical practice setting and believe participation in our TTP Program is a key method in ensuring that.

CHKD's Clinical Advancement Program for Inpatient Nurses

Based on Benner’s “novice to expert” model and our CHKD professional practice model of relationship-based care, our Clinical Advancement Program (CAP) uniquely allows the nurse caregiver to grow and advance their career by demonstrating behaviors of excellence through the model’s six domains: leadership, care delivery, resources, outcomes, professional practice and team work.

With the guidance of a mentor, CAP applicants present their achievements in a portfolio for peer review, with the opportunity to receive a bonus for advancement to each new clinical level, as well as an annual reward for maintenance of their advancement.

CAP applications are reviewed twice annually, in November and May. Applicants must renew annually to maintain the status of their clinical level.

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