RN Internship Program
The Lurie Children’s RN Internship Program is an innovative transitioning approach to prepare nurses for a rewarding career in the care of children and families.
Built on the belief that a nurturing learning environment facilitates a sense of belonging and acceptance, this program provides an individualized precepted orientation, guided classroom learning, peer support sessions, clinical exchange opportunities and mentors in evidence-based practice to support nursing excellence. The program invests in Lurie Children’s commitment to create a culture of inclusion and promise to provide employees with resources for professional development.
Five Components of the RN Internship Program
Individualized precepted orientation
The nursing preceptor assists RN interns in learning clinical skills and developing team relationships. The preceptor guides the RN intern in learning nursing responsibilities and becoming a member of the healthcare team
Pediatric Nursing Classes
RN interns attend integrated clinical classes throughout the first 18 months of employment. Classes focus on specialty pediatric nursing assessment, skills and knowledge. Learning techniques include lecture, discussion, skills practice and patient simulation scenarios. Emergency management skills are developed through pediatric advanced life support and/or neonatal resuscitation classes.
The Transition Group discussions offer the RN intern a safe, confidential environment in which experiences are shared. By connecting with peers, the RN intern will learn coping skills in adjusting to a new profession.
- Clinical exchange opportunities
The clinical exchange opportunities support the RN intern’s development of a holistic approach to pediatric nursing care. This will be accomplished by rotating to multiple patient care areas specific to their patient population, enabling the RN intern to learn the patient experience first hand and build working relationships throughout Lurie Children's.
- Evidence-based practice mentorship
Through the completion of an evidence-based practice project with the guidance of a mentor, the RN intern will have the opportunity to explore nursing practice at Lurie Children’s. The mentor shares expertise and helps to develop the RN intern as a professional nurse.
Questions & Answers
What are the requirements of the program?
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing (or higher) required
- Must hold a current, permanent Registered Nurse license in the State of Illinois prior to the program’s start date
- Basic life support certification (CPR) required from the American Heart Association
- Two sealed letters of recommendation from nursing instructors required (provided to HR at the time of interview)
- Commitment to a career in pediatric nursing
When does the RN Internship program begin?
Please Note: Due to the high volume of candidates, we strongly recommend applying early. Program start dates:
- March 6, 2017
- August 7, 2017
- October 9, 2017
When should I apply?
The available positions for the March 2017 Program will be posted November 28, 2016. You must apply online to the posted positions during this time to be considered.
Available positions for the August 7 and October 9 start dates will be posted in early May, 2017.
Recent graduates do not need to wait until RN license is confirmed in order to apply for a position – early submission is recommended.
How do I apply to the RN Internship Program?
Internal applicants must apply via the Transfer process on The Point.
External applicants must first register online using our website to create a profile and resume. Information needed to register includes: name, phone number, e-mail address, password and address. Information needed to create a resume includes: educational history, employment history, special skills/credentials and license/certification information. Candidates with a resume may copy and paste the information from their resume into the application form.
To search current job openings, please visit our jobs website.
Please note: As a new graduate nurse, you will qualify only for those nursing job postings titled Registered Nurse – New Graduate.
A two hour shadowing experience may also be included as a part of the interview process, so please plan accordingly.
Each nursing unit that is currently hiring new graduates at that time will have a job posting on the website that you may apply to. (If there is no job posting for a particular unit this indicates they are no longer accepting applications at this time.)
Job postings will be removed from the website after a sufficient number of qualified applicants have applied – please apply early to ensure consideration. Job postings may be re-posted at a later time if a larger candidate pool is needed.
When will I know if my application has been received?
Candidates receive an automated e-mail response confirming receipt of application for the particular job that was applied to. It also confirms a list of all recent applications you’ve submitted. A further e-mail notification will also be sent to you regarding the status of your application throughout the selection and hiring process. For further information on how to apply, please see FAQs on our main Job page.
What does the interview process entail?
The interview process will include an interview with Nurse Recruitment in Human Resources, as well as a Department interview and possible shadow experience on the unit.
The documents required on the day of the interview include two copies of your current resume, current CPR/Basic Life Support certification card and two sealed letters of recommendation from nursing faculty instructors.
How long is the RN Internship Program and orientation for each area?
The RN Internship program is 18 months in length. Individualized precepted orientation time varies by specialty area.
- Acute Units: 14 weeks
- Resource Team: 18 weeks
- Critical Care Units/Emergency Department: 20 weeks
- Almost Home Kids: 14 weeks
- Vascular Access Team: 12 weeks
- Operating Room: 9 months
- Inpatient Psychiatry: 14 weeks
Tips to Consider Before You Apply
- Think about your top two or three areas of interest and limit your application to those areas
- Consider obtaining a clinical experience or practicum through your school in your area of interest, especially for ICU areas
- While enrolled in school, consider applying for our Student Nurse Program to gain further experience
Lurie Children's is an ANCC Magnet recognized hospital.
What Our Nurses Say
“I started as a new graduate in the PICU at Lurie Children’s a little over a year ago. Everyone on this unit has been very helpful in making my first year of nursing a very memorable and rewarding experience. The preceptors were very knowledgeable and the orientation program that was offered was very beneficial.”
“I have been a nurse at Lurie Children’s for four years. This is the only place I have ever wanted to work as a nurse. The philosophy of nursing here is family-centered care, meaning that we view each patient and family as a distinct unit. We individualize patient care and focus on the whole patient, not just the illness…The nursing philosophy at Lurie Children’s has enabled me to grow both personally and professionally in understanding how to assist families in times of crisis.”