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Nurse Residency Program Earns Reaccreditation Through The Commission On Collegiate Nursing Education


Cook Children’s Medical Center is proud to announce the reaccreditation of the Nurse Residency program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

In September 2021, CCNE visited the medical center to conduct a virtual evaluation of the program. As a result, the surveyors found no areas of concern and awarded a 10-year accreditation through 2032.

The Nurse Residency program was established in 2009 with its mission to support new graduate nurses rising to the peak of professional practice as guided by the Cook Children’s Promise and values. 

As a nationally regarded and highly unique Nurse Residency program, nurse residents rotate through various specialty units gaining valuable knowledge and clinical experiences to accelerate their transition into professional pediatric nursing.

Throughout the Nurse Residency program, nurse residents are afforded the opportunity to:

  • Engage with a cohort of peers who are enthusiastic about pediatric nursing
  • Develop clinical reasoning skills
  • Implement evidence-based practices
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary partners 
  • Enhance professional engagement through mentorship and commitment to life-long learning

The Nurse Residency program at Cook Children’s Medical Center was the first pediatric Nurse Residency program in the country to be accredited by the CCNE in 2011. 

As exemplified through reaccreditation, the Nurse Residency program continuously benefits new graduate nurses in regards to stress and anxiety levels, clinical competence, confidence, and professional development opportunities. The Nurse Residency program is highly effective in achieving the mission of supporting newly licensed nurses in the transition to professional pediatric practice.

Former nurse resident Mary Brennan shares, “We were taught about how to become active participants in the hospital system and that no matter how new you are to the nursing profession that you have something to offer the community. I am so incredibly grateful for the Nurse Residency Program and the skills that I gained from it.” The leaders of the Nurse Residency program are extremely humbled and excited to share this accomplishment with all of Cook Children’s. It takes a village to grow and develop new graduate nurses and the nurse residents are blessed to be supported by the Cook Children’s family."