Career Development

​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.

View our nursing specialty orientation lengths, classes, and resources.

Continuing Education

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.

Clinical 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 via email or at 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 via email or at 312.227.0081.

Employee education: Opportunities to increase job specific skills, knowledge and behaviors. Contact Julia Hooper via email or at 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 via e-mail or at 312.227.4707.