Nurses Smiling on Pediatric Floor

At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we teach you everything you need to know about being a pediatric nurse, and we welcome a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Working with children is energizing, and the environment at our pediatric hospitals is stimulating.

When nurses join Children’s, they are required to attend New Employee Orientation (NEO), Patient Care Provider Orientation (PCPO) and Unit-Based Clinical Orientation. We also offer a Pediatric Entry Development Support (PEDS) Transition Program for experienced nurses who are new to Children’s.

Patient Care Provider Orientation
Following NEO, new clinical employees attend PCPO, a two-day, blended orientation of classroom learning, hands-on clinical skills and computer-based learning. PCPO is designed to orient new clinical employees to the Children’s relationship-based care philosophy and initial pediatric competencies, policies and practices.

PCPO prepares new clinical employees for their subsequent Unit-Based Clinical Orientation with an experienced preceptor. Patient safety is the underlying theme of the entire orientation program. By offering this training before clinical employees ever touch our patients, we are equipping them with the tools they need to provide safe and effective care from day one.

Unit-Based Clinical Orientation
Each unit has a department-based educator who will customize orientation based on the individual. The length of the orientation can vary depending on the area and previous nursing experience.

Pediatric Entry Development Support Transition Program
The PEDS Transition Program is intended for experienced healthcare professionals who are new to Children’s. These classes will explore transitional topics to support healthcare professionals throughout their first year of employment.

Classes include:

  • PEDS 101 is designed specifically to provide a refresh of pediatric concepts to experienced healthcare professionals joining the Children’s team who are new to caring for pediatric patients. Content includes growth and development, pediatric physical assessment, family-centered care, communication essentials, and death and dying.
  • PEDS 102 focuses on integrating healthcare professionals into the organizational culture and unit teams, including content on healthy work environments, team communication, mentoring, professional wellness, professional boundaries, and patient and family education.
  • PEDS 103 is a high-fidelity simulation intended for nurses that focuses on safe medication and blood product administration.
  • PEDS 104 focuses on the professional development of the experienced professional, including an introduction to our career advancement programs, shared leadership structure, goal setting, moral courage and personal resiliency.

The Clinical Mentoring Program is a structured post-orientation program in which, through a unit-based assignment, a mentor and mentee are paired for an established amount of time to meet specific needs. It is a framework for the passage of wisdom, caring and confidence between new and experienced staff.

The Clinical Mentoring Program includes:

  • Developing supportive and encouraging relationships.
  • Guiding new hires in their professional, personal and interpersonal growth.
  • Communicating information concerning expectations, learning opportunities and stressors.
  • Promoting optimal engagement and integration of the new hire into the Children’s culture.

The program consists of a structured 12-month mentoring plan of activities and objectives, guidelines for success, and tools for the mentor and mentee. Using the six mentoring principles, mentor behaviors utilize an evidence-based practice (EBP) approach toward fostering a mentoring culture. To effectively implement this program, unit-level mentoring champions are utilized throughout the organization to assist with support of mentors, linking of mentors and mentees, and maintaining the evidence-based integrity of the program.

Get your application in early to be considered.

We hire new graduate nurses in a variety of areas, including critical care, cardiac, hematology/oncology, transplant, emergency and general patient care. May graduates can begin to apply in January, summer graduates can begin to apply in April, and December graduates can begin to apply in July.


The Pediatric Nurse Residency Program transitions new graduates into our highly specialized pediatric environment. The 12-month residency program provides you a thorough introduction to our specialized pediatric environment and includes:  

  • System-level classes
  • Specialty-specific classes
  • Orientation at the bedside with a team of preceptors
  • Simulations
  • Hands-on training and practice of clinical skills early in the program to increase confidence at the bedside
  • Classes with tips on easing your transition, covering topics like cultivating a healthy work culture, building resilience, addressing moral distress, educating patients and families, developing leadership skills, and growing your career at Children’s

Nurse residency cohorts start on predetermined new graduate hire dates, typically in July or August for May graduates, February or March for December graduates, and October for August graduates.

Nurses start the Pediatric Nurse Residency Program after being hired for specific nursing units. In order to be considered for the program, you only need to apply to the Pediatric Nurse Residency Program position. You do not need to apply to each unit you are interested in. You will have an opportunity to express your units of interest in the program application.

If selected to interview and move forward in the application process, applicants will conduct a digital interview, initial phone screen with a recruiter, face-to-face department interviews and a unit shadow.

In addition to our onboarding programs, we offer the following opportunities to Children’s nurses:

  • On-site simulation labs for ongoing training and education
  • Night Owl Committee to support our night shift nurses with programs, committees and floating preceptors
  • Preceptor training programs
  • Ongoing resiliency and stress reduction training courses and classes
  • System committees and programs to encourage support and involvement in our overall nursing strategic plan

Children’s WorkFlex for nurses

Children’s WorkFlex offers an array of flexible scheduling options for experienced nurses. We value our nurses and seek to provide creative options that give you the flexibility, competitive compensation and variety you want as a nurse. From our in-house float pools offering premium pay to our contract and PRN nursing positions, Children’s can help you find work that suits your unique needs and schedule.

Explore Children’s WorkFlex for nurses.

The Nurse Extern Program is a paid, eight-week summer employment opportunity for rising senior nursing students interested in pursuing a career in pediatrics. Using actual experience, nursing students function in the role of a patient care technician to acquire valuable knowledge of the highly specialized pediatric environment, establish valuable interpersonal relationships and make decisions regarding subspecialty practice.

Nurse externs are hired in a variety of units, including critical care, cardiac, emergency, hematology/oncology, medical/surgical, comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and transplant inpatient. After the program, there is an opportunity for nurses to transition into a patient care technician position based on interest and availability.

The Nurse Extern Program includes:

  • NEO
  • PCPO
  • Nurse preceptor and mentoring in assigned clinical area
  • Ongoing learning events
  • Unit-for-a-day observation experiences, as available
  • Networking and collaborating with nurse extern cohort

What qualifications need to be considered for the Nurse Extern Program?

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited school of nursing; a Bachelor of Science in nursing is strongly preferred.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must have completed two clinical rotations by the start of the extern schedule.
  • Must be able to work full time, day or night schedule, and meet weekend requirements.
  • Must commit to the entire eight-week program.

When and where can I apply to the Nurse Extern Program?

With the opening of the new Arthur M. Blank Hospital on September 29, 2024, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is looking forward to an exciting year of growth and transformation. But with big changes comes lots of planning. During the summer of 2024, our clinical teams will be heavily involved in training and preparing for the move from Egleston Hospital to Arthur M. Blank Hospital. For this reason, we are pausing our Summer Nurse Extern program for 2024 to allow our teams the time to make a successful transition.

We value meeting so many eager and excited future pediatric nurses, and we hope you’ll explore other opportunities at Children’s to get involved and connect with us: 
  1. Join our Talent Community. Search for Patient Care Technician opportunities for nursing students and receive information about upcoming hiring events, as well as a quarterly newsletter designed to give job seekers a sneak peek into what it’s like to work at Children’s. 
  2. Attend an upcoming Pediatric Seminar. Meet some of our nurses and hear about our different specialties, get resume and interviewing tips and learn about our residency program. Our next event is on Friday, June 7, 2024. Join our RSVP list by emailing us here
  3. Learn more about our College Volunteer Program by visiting Opportunities for College Volunteers.
  4. Email our Workforce Planning Team if your school is interested in having us present to your class. We are available to speak on a wide range of topics, including Children’s nurse residency program, resume and interviewing tips and pediatric care. 

We hope to connect with you soon and wish you all the best in your nursing journey!