Nursing Fellowship Program

Arkansas Children's has partnered with Versant to offer a nursing fellowship program to Arkansas Children's newly hired experienced Registered Nurses. This formalized fellowship 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 year RN experience
  • Experienced RNs being hired into a new area of practice
  • Selected candidates must possess a permanent Arkansas or compact state RN license prior to the start of the fellowship.

Important Dates

Fellowship program starts every other month (odd months)

Application Requirements

  • Submit online application with cover letter at
  • For questions regarding applying online or application timelines, please email

Arkansas Children's Versant Fellowship Program Details

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

Education and Curriculum:

  • Fellows will attend unit specific classes during the program.

Guided Clinical Experience with Preceptor:

  • Fellows complete clinical shifts with preceptors

Supportive Components:

  • Fellows participate in Mentoring sessions and circles
  • Fellows participate in Debriefing sessions that assist with developing healthy coping strategies and foster a healthy-work-life balance.

Measurement and Evaluation:

  • Fellows will be required to complete at Performance Gap Analysis the first week in order to individualize their learning plan.
  • Fellows will complete evaluations throughout the program.
  • Post-Residency metrics will be collected annually for 5 years.
  • All participants in the fellowship 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/fellows work?

  • Full-time residency/fellowship 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/fellowship?

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

What benefits does the residency/fellowship program offer?

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

What types of scrubs are allowed?

  • Nurses at ACH wear Navy Blue scrubs.  Long sleeve shirts and scrub jackets are allowed in certain colors.  Learn more about the Arkansas Children's Dress Code.