Career Advancement & Scholarship Opportunities

Career Advancement Opportunities

​Lurie Children's nurses may select from a variety of professional development opportunities to build a career in pediatric nursing.

Career Development Programs


At Lurie Children's, we're committed to nurses' personal and professional development. Our orientation program, an in-depth introduction to pediatric care, is extensive and individualized to make our nurses confident and comfortable in their surroundings. This thorough program, which includes classes, clinical instruction by nurse preceptors and exposure to key members of our medical center, lasts six to eight weeks, but can be extended or decreased to accommodate individual nurses' needs. And we offer extensive additional orientation programs for nurses in specialized areas such as pediatric and neonatal intensive care, operating rooms and the emergency department.

Nursing Professional Governance Councils Committees

Our nurses are encouraged participate in clinical governance councils and committees dedicated to improving nursing practice. Through their own professional growth and by acting as mentors to their colleagues, the nurses provide valuable leadership and guidance, helping the nursing profession itself to grow.

Nurses shape clinical practice through involvement and decision-making on unit-based or hospital-wide committees and councils. These councils and committees include research, practice, education, leadership, clinical progression and peer review, advanced practice, nursing quality, staffing and scheduling, protocol, procedure, and plans of care. Membership on the clinical governance councils and committees includes staff nurses, educators, advanced practice nurses and nursing leaders.

Our Mission

We partner with staff to develop the skill, ability and environment to be a leader in pediatric care, research, education, and advocacy. We do this by integrating information on strategic direction, staff performance, patient and employee satisfaction, and best-practices into strategies for clinical and organizational improvement.

Contact Us

Career development: Opportunities to help current Lurie Children's employees meet or exceed short and long term career goals. Contact Joanne Orozco at or 312.227.0087.

Clinical education: A team of nursing and respiratory therapy educators who focus on competency, mandatory education and departmental orientation. Contact Barbara Keating at or 312.227.0081.

Employee education: Opportunities to increase job specific skills, knowledge and behaviors. Contact Julia Hooper at or 312.227.0082.

Library resources: Up-to-date, authoritative collection of books, current periodicals, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources supporting patient care, education and research needs, as well as a consumer health/family web sites on the web. Contact Andrea Fawcett at or  312.227.4707.

Scholarship Opportunities

At Lurie Children’s, we provide nurses with constant educational support. Each one of our units has a designated clinical educator and/or nurse specialist who answers questions, conducts research, discusses treatments, demonstrates procedures and provides support. Nurses at Lurie Children’s never have to look very far for answers. The Department of Clinical Education provides a variety of programs, lectures, workshops, seminars and demonstrations to keep nurses up-to-date with current nursing practices and procedures. And, as a teaching and research hospital, we provide an environment where inquiry is encouraged and learning is a universal goal. Internal grant funding is available for nurses to conduct research related to nursing pediatric concerns.

College Tuition Assistance

Going back to school? We’ll help finance your education through our tuition assistance program. The program pays tuition costs up to $5,000 per year for regular employees. College credit classes or certification that is directly related to an employee’s job or hospital-related are covered. Your courses do not need to relate directly to your current position but need to be applicable to a position at the hospital. And, if you are enrolled in a degree program related to a job at the hospital, and the program requires a course that isn’t job related, we still cover the costs.

To participate, you must be employed by Lurie Children's for six months prior to the start of your class, and you need to complete a tuition reimbursement form, available through Human Resources prior to beginning the class. To learn more about tuition assistance, contact human resources.

Prince Scholarship Sabbatical Awards

The Prince Scholar and Sabbatical Program is an endowed fund that provides grant support for nurses to attend professional conferences, implement a research proposal or develop an innovative program for nursing practice. Prince Scholar program funds proposals up to $4,000 and the Prince Sabbatical program funds proposals up to $10,000. A call for proposals is distributed each November. Proposals are due by the end of January and funded in February of each year.

Lurie Children's Krehbiel Scholarship

The Krehbiel Scholarship provides support to full-time registered nurses at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago seeking higher education in the field of nursing, while demonstrating a commitment to the core principles of The Power of All: * Compassionate Service * Discovery and Innovation * Diversity and Inclusion * Excellence * Integrity * Respectful Collaboration * Stewardship

On an annual basis (by fiscal year), the Krehbiel Scholarship will be awarded to six registered nurses in the amount of $30,000 each to complete an advanced nursing degree in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at an accredited institution distributed over the duration of the program. A call for applications is issued each Fall.

Clinical Advancement Awards

Lurie Children's nurses are recognized and rewarded for their valuable knowledge and clinical expertise. 

A.D.V.A.N.C.E. Program

At Lurie Children's, we help registered nurses function to the best of their abilities and we recognize them accordingly. Our clinical ladder program, known as the ADVANCE Program, recognizes and compensates registered nurses for their expertise in clinical practice. The Advancement, Development, and Validation of Achievement in Nursing Clinical Excellence program was established in 2003 and is a voluntary program. Nurses are eligible for promotions based on their ability to demonstrate a certain level of professional expertise in clinical decision-making, education of families and colleagues,  clinical inquiry, professional development and leadership skills. Nurses may progress through two levels on the clinical ladder. With each level, the nurse receives a promotional bonus in addition to their Registered Nurse job title. Our titles reflect commitment to family-centered care. The three job titles of nurses are:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse - Advanced
  • Registered Nurse - Expert

Once promoted, Advanced and Expert nurses are eligible to participate in a supplemental recognition program called Menu Item Bonus. This annual program provides a monetary bonus at the end of the fiscal year for completing a variety of activities that reflect influencing the care environment and nursing professional development.

Healthcare Advisory Board "Destination Nursing" Hospital Designation

With over 3,000 member hospitals, the Healthcare Advisory Board researches best practices in the healthcare industry and highlights them at national meetings. Lurie Children's has been chosen as one of five "Destination Nursing" hospitals and will be profiled in a series of nation-wide meetings of the Nursing Executive Center, the nursing arm of the Healthcare Advisory Board.

As a "Destination Nursing" hospital, Lurie Children's has been successful in creating a great work environment for nurses. Our nursing staff satisfaction is higher and turnover and vacancy rates are lower than national averages. Other hospitals receiving this designation include University of California Davis Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Lurie Children's is the only pediatric hospital to receive this prestigious designation.