Children's Hospital Colorado Nurse Residency Program August 2013 - page 10
I didn't find another topic relating to the new grad RN program for Children's Hospital Colorado, so I decided to start a thread. Anyone else apply for the August cohort? I live in San Diego right now, but have visited... Read More
- 0Jul 16, '13 by Sassy29RN
- 0Jul 19, '13 by Sassy29RNQuote from Emzie7Hi Emzie7.... Welcome! Quick question, do you happen to be using another email address for Children's? For some reason, I don't see you on the cohort email list. Perhaps its under a different address? What unit will you be on? Look forward to meeting you!HI Everyone! I am a little late as well, and think that a FB group page for our cohort would be AMAZING. I had some trouble finding
the group as well, so if someone could email it to my address Emzie7@gmail.com that would be great! Thanks! Cannot wait to meet you all!
(PS: You can private message me on this site if you dont want to put it out there for all the world to see.) Thanks!
- 0Jul 20, '13 by bel15verHello everyone. First of all, congratulations to everyone who will be starting the Residency Program in August. I was hoping that you would share some helpful tips and suggestions that you think helped you with receiving the position. It is my dream to work for Children's and I will be applying to this program next year. Thank you for your ideas and again congratulations.
- 0Jul 23, '13 by i<3veggiesRNHey bel15ver! I'd say the biggest thing that would help is experience working with kids. Ideally you will do your internship in peds, but if that isnt possible then a history of working with kids or volunteer work will go a long way. My thought is that any hospital can train a new grad RN, but working with peds is a whole different playing field Good luck to you as you finish nursing school and start applying to jobs!
- 0Oct 18, '13 by Decgrad2013@roborn @Sassy29RN @3veggiesRN @Emzie7
Hey all! Congrats on getting accepted to the Residency program! I am extremely interested in working at Colorado Children's and was curious about how yall are liking the program?! I will also be applying at the beginning of next week and was hoping on any tips to stand out or if yall did something in particular that you felt gave you an advantage over other applicants? Any and all tips are appreciated! Thanks guys!
- 0Nov 12, '13 by Sassy29RNHi Decgrad2013,
Congrats on almost being finished with nursing school! What 3veggiesRN said above is true: Experience with kids is a MUST. I did not have a specialty preceptorship or capstone in Peds, BUT, I did have quite a bit of volunteer experience and work with kids to make up for it. I got hired for the ED and had ED experience already (including getting to do my Peds rotation in nursing school at a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center), so I think that helped as well. For people who only had a Peds rotation, and don't have any other volunteer work specific to kids (or other experience with children) you prob wont get an interview. Sorry to say.
Tips would be:
1) Be flexible and make it known that you are flexible. ED was my 1st choice and I was blessed enough to get it, but for me, it was more about being at Children's CO and wanting to learn in THIS Residency program (which I still believe is the best around!) So in my resume and cover, I made that known and even wrote, "Preference for ED but flexible regarding unit placement."
2) Don't turn in a "same-old, same-old" cover letter. I dont know what anyone else in my cohort did, but I wrote from my heart. I told the story about what inspired my to become a Peds nurse, and told them exactly why I wanted to be at CHCO.
3) I took a boatload of extra Peds classes that were specific to Peds/ED nursings (ie PALs, NRP, etc). I also took a lot of Peds specific on-line classes that were available to me through my EMS agency. So check on-line and get as much Peds specific education that you can.
4) If you dont already do volunteer work with Peds, it's an absolute MUST, so start.
If you can, I would also set up an All Nurses thread for the Spring 2014 cohort. This site was so helpful to me when I was applying-- and it took a lot of stress out of it for me just getting the updates. I am sure there others out there who have questions as well, and it helps when you can keep each other posted with updates. Good luck and congrats again!
- 0Jan 20 by UMnurse310Hey everyone -
Thanks so much for replying and leaving tips for those of us just applying. I'll be graduating in May and will be applying for the program in March when it opens.
Sassy29RN - thanks for all of the tips about applying!
**Any other tips for the cover letter or resume?
**How long were your cover letters? I feel like mine could be 2-3 pages with all of the info they ask for!
Just wondering how you are all liking the program now that you've been in for about 6 months. Is it as great as you thought it would be?