Nursing Residency Program

    Arkansas Children's has partnered with Versant RN Residency to offer an 18-week nursing residency program to Arkansas Children's new graduate Registered Nurses. This formalized residency program will greatly benefit its participants, the hospital and the patients, especially in the hospital's ongoing commitment toward quality and safety grounded in evidence-based practice.





    1. Graduate from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program (BSN) .*

    *Arkansas Children's employees who were employed prior to Jan 1, 2014 and were enrolled in a non-BSN RN program as of Aug 2014 are eligible to be considered for positions. These individuals agree to enroll in a BSN program upon graduation

    2. GPA 3.0 Preferred.

    3. Selected candidates must pass the NCLEX and possess a permanent Arkansas or compact state RN license prior to the start of the residency.

    Not eligible if current Arkansas Children's employee with active PIP within past 12 months.


    Important Dates

    1. Positions for the July 2017 cohort will be posted on February 13, 2017.
    2. Candidates will be notified of selection for interviews beginning March 8, 2017.
    3. Arkansas Children's will schedule interviews on March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017.
    4. Candidates will be notified of selection for positions the week of April 3, 2017.


    Application Requirements

    Submit online application with cover letter at

    NOTE: References

    Once your application is received, a Recruiter will contact you with instructions on how to submit references via the online SkillSurvey process.

    In order to complete this reference process in a timely manner, please apply as soon as possible.


    Arkansas Children's Versant RN Residency Program Details

    How does the Versant RN Residency Program at Arkansas Children's work? This 18 week comprehensive immersion program is composed of:

    Education and Curriculum:

    • Residents will attend a total of 4 weeks of classes during the 18 week program.

    Guided Clinical Experience with Preceptor:

    • Residents complete clinical shifts with preceptors throughout the 18 week program.
    • Residents receive Looping Experiences to aid in the understanding of the patient's continuum of care and to develop relationships with staff members in other departments that interact frequently with their home department as well as other team members throughout the hospital.

    Supportive Components:

    • Residents participate in Mentoring sessions and circles that extend throughout the first year of professional practice.
    • Residents participate in Debriefing sessions that assist with developing healthy coping strategies and foster a healthy-work-life balance.

    Measurement and Evaluation:

    • Residents will be required to complete at Performance Gap Analysis the first week in order to individualize their learning plan.
    • Residents will complete evaluations throughout the program at weeks 1, 18, and 30.
    • Post-Residency metrics will be collected annually for 5 years.
    • All participants in the residency program (Preceptor, Mentor, Debriefer, Subject Matter Expert, Nurse Leaders, etc.) will be asked to provide feedback.
    • All of the above data will be compiled into one aggregate report at the end of each cohort and presented to the organization.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    How many hours per week do the nurse residents work?

    • Full time residency positions require 72 hours per two-week pay period for the full 52 weeks, which may include some weekends and holidays. The number of hours per week change to accommodate both classroom and clinical time.

    Do I get vacation time during my residency?

    • Residents will accrue the same vacation as all new nurses; however, the RN Residency is 18 weeks in length and requires full-time employment. Vacation or other activities requiring an absence is discouraged during this time period. Any scheduled time off will require approval of the hiring manager and residency coordinator prior to the start of the Residency.

    What benefits does the residency program offer?

    • All health care and retirement benefits offered to any new hire apply to those selected for the Arkansas Children's Versant RN Residency Program.

    What types of scrubs are allowed?

    Contact Us

    For more information, e-mail or contact:

    Julie Bane, MS, BSN, RN-BC 
    RN Residency Coordinator 
    Phone: 501-364-3258