Prospective Nurses


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.

Student Nurse Program

Lurie Children's Student Nurse Program provides an introduction to a pediatric healthcare setting. Student nurses work collaboratively with a dynamic health care team in the management of patient care allowing them to gain experience in communicating and working closely with diverse patient populations and complex family concerns.

RN Residency Program

The Lurie Children’s RN Residency Program is an innovative transitioning approach to prepare nurses for a rewarding career in the care of children and families. 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. 

RN Fellowship Program

The Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago RN Fellowship Program is an innovative transitioning approach to support nurses with no or minimal prior pediatric experience.

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INSPIRE2 Student Nurse Mentoring Program

Inspire2 provides diverse nursing students interested in pediatric nursing, the ability to interact with experienced nursing professionals to help ensure their success in the classroom and beyond. The mentoring relationships will assist the scholars in developing critical life skills and inspire them to succeed in their academic and post-academic careers. Through the success of this program, we hope to develop a more diverse recruitment pipeline in order to help Lurie Children’s achieve our goal of being the employer of choice, care for more children and provide the best care and experience. The core goal of mentoring is the development of relationships that will in turn, enable scholars to realize their academic and career goals. The nature of this mentor/mentee relationship is to promote character, develop leadership skills, and provide resources to all participating Nursing Scholars which will encourage academic excellence. Inspire2 aims to serve students of any race or ethnicity who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the medical field.

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