Arkansas Children's Hospital has partnered with Versant RN Residency to offer a nursing residency program to Arkansas Children's Hospital new graduate Registered Nurses.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital RN Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

The current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation are: Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are: pediatric medical/surgical, pediatric critical care units, pediatric oncology, pediatric emergency, pediatric operating room, and pediatric and adult burn unit.

This formalized residency program will greatly benefit its participants, the hospitals and the patients, especially in our ongoing commitment toward quality and safety grounded in evidence-based practice.

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


Education and Curriculum

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

Guided Clinical Experience with Preceptor

  • Residents complete clinical shifts with preceptors in their hired unit.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

For questions regarding applying online or application timelines, please email

For questions regarding program details, please email

For questions regarding applying online or application timelines, please email

  • Graduate from an accredited nursing program *ASN graduates who are selected will be expected to enroll in a BSN program within 6 months of completing the immersion period and will have 3 years to complete their BSN*
  • GPA 3.0 Preferred.
  • 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.

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 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.

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 Hospital RN Residency Program.

What types of scrubs are allowed?

Nurses wear navy blue scrubs. Long sleeve shirts and scrub jackets are allowed in certain colors. Learn more about the Arkansas Children's Dress Code.

Cohorts start three times a year for new graduate RNs: February, July, and October.