The NICU at Children’s National is proud to be #1 in the nation.
6E-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a 70 bed Level IV NICU. Care is delivered to infants and families transported from approximately 40 regional community hospitals in three states. The patient ages typically range from 23 weeks gestation to 37 weeks gestation, term infants and older children with multiple disease processes. Comprehensive services include medical-surgical care for infants with conditions including but not limited to pre-maturity, genetic disorders, pulmonary disorders and cardiac disorders. The unit also provides for the inter-hospital transportation of infants as well as ECMO services.
About the NICU Nurse Residency
The paid Pediatric Nurse Residency is one-year long with three phases. The program is highly supportive, with sequential learning experiences including didactic classroom lectures, structured computer-based learning, case studies, and clinical experiences incorporating simulations and hands-on technical skill development.
Phase I (0-3 months) is considered the most intensive and rigorous. The first weeks consist of central and unit-based orientation. During Phase I the RN works with a primary preceptor to support clinical competency development. The curriculum includes an extensive array of content pertinent to the pediatric population, clinical skill and RN responsibility within the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Phase II (4-9 months) includes scheduled classroom meetings once every month. These meetings provide peer networking and support sessions, build clinical knowledge, define the professional registered nurse role and further refine clinical skill development. During this phase the RN will have the opportunity to select a "Clinical Challenge." The “Clinical Challenge” assignment is an opportunity for self exploration of a professional practice issue. Prior to completing Phase II the RN will have the opportunity to make a professional presentation to nursing peers.
Phase III (9-12 months) permits the RN to self direct three separate areas of concentrated learning activities to promote his/her professional development via shadow days. Phase III ends with an Evidence- based “Change Project” and presentation to peers and nursing leadership. This project introduces the RN to stakeholder theory and the application of stakeholders in a selected change project.
During the first three months of the program, the nursing intern and RN preceptor complete a bi- weekly customized goal and development plan. Informal talks between the staff development specialists, clinical instructors, clinical coordinators, clinical educators, and professional practice specialists provide feedback on areas of future growth.
Children's National is the leading provider of pediatric care in the Washington, DC metro area. Our team of 7000+ employees provides world-class care in a warm and caring environment designed with kids in mind. Children’s National is a Magnet® designated hospital and is consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S. News and World Report.
The licensed Registered Nurse will successfully complete the hospital and nursing orientation at Children’s National.
Identify resources and know when to ask for assistance.
Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
Identify self learning needs and seek resources to meet those needs.
Required Licenses and Certifications
Registered Nurse in District of Columbia Registered Nurse licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia dependent upon location of practice. Req
1. Contribute to MagnetTM re-designation as evidenced by timely annual completion of professional profile and participation in relevant councils, committees, task forces and/or community outreach.
2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills as evidenced by successful completion of change project.
3. Recognize need to escalate patient care issues via chain of command.
4. Utilize the currently identified process to ensure accurate hand off.
5. Demonstrate ability to work cohesively with ancillary staff to meet patient care needs.
6. Cooperate in the implementation of change and support management decisions.
7. Demonstrate empathy , concern and a desire to be helpful to others.
1. Complete all mandatory education and regulatory requirements and participates in professional activities to enhance nursing practice.
2. Participate in performance appraisal and peer review.
3. Support department goals for formal education, national certification, national safety standards and service excellence.
4. Work in a collaborative manner with all members of the healthcare team and is viewed positively by coworkers.
Exemplary Professional Practice
1. Gather physical and psychosocial data on patient and family and complete accurate and timely patient assessment.
2. Demonstrate clinical skills necessary to care for assigned patients.
3. Develop assessment, organizational and prioritization skills necessary to care for patients whose clinical needs change throughout the shift.
4. Complete documentation in accordance with policies and procedures.
5. Continually assess and plan proactively for educational needs throughout hospital/clinic stay and before time of discharge.
6. Organize care to complete assignment on time.
7. Demonstrate caring in all encounters with patient and family as evidenced by feedback from parents and an increase in patient satisfaction scores.
1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performanc
New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements
1. Participate in efforts to optimize unit and hospital operations through quality improvement (rounding, handwashing etc.).
2. Maintain awareness of changes or new information related to specialty area.
1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things