Medical/Surgical Nurse Resident - Graduate Nurse (Pending PA License)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_MAIN-Main Hospital 

Req ID: 223011

Shift: Rotating

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Nurse Resident is an advanced beginner-level practitioner of professional nursing. The nurse at this level learns to apply the nursing process and safely performs routine care with guidance, following established nursing procedures, in accordance with, and guided by the CHOP Nursing Professional Practice Model. Promotion to Clinical Nurse is required within 12 months of hire.

The Nurse Resident learns to adhere to the organizational and nursing department mission, vision, and values.  S/he practices in accordance with the ANA Code of Ethics; the ANA Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice; practice standards of applicable specialty nursing organizations; and CHOP developed standards of nursing practice. The professional nurse practices within the defined scope of practice designated by the Nurse Practice Acts of Pennsylvania and/or New Jersey, depending on the assigned work site.  


This posting is for those graduating on or before March 31, 2023 only.   

This posting is for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia  - Philadelphia Campus.

If true interest in the Med/Surg setting, please apply to this application only to avoid duplicate efforts for the Nurse Resident CHOP applications.

This is for a unit specific position on one of the following Medical/Surgical units based on your interest and background, as well as position availability:  Pulmonary, GI/Endocrine, Neurology, Gen Peds, Complex Care Gen Peds, Adolescent Gen Peds, Rehabilitation, Adolescent, Oncology, Hematology, Surgery/Trauma, Surgery/Observation, and Infant Transitional Care Unit.


Job Responsibilities

Clinical Practice

  • Follows the nursing process to deliver safe, compassionate, and culturally effective care.
  • Assesses patients accurately, comprehends findings, and communicates patient condition to all team members.
  • Learns to recognize clinical changes that are indicative of patient deterioration; understands the role of the CAT team and how to access this resource.
  • Learns to collaborate with the patient, family, and multidisciplinary team to coordinate all facets of care.
  • Initiates, implements and/or revises the patient’s plan of care on admission and during the course of the hospitalization. Plans of care are outcomes focused and include goals as well as required interventions. Plans are developed in partnership with the patient, family, and the interdisciplinary care team. Seeks resources as needed to increase skills related to the patient plan of care.
  • Recognizes care should be coordinated across the continuum and develops an understanding of available case management resources.
  • Consistently follows evidence-based practice bundles and nursing standards/procedures to provide nursing care that eliminates preventable events of patient harm and promotes excellent patient outcomes.
  • Learns to recognize and addresses situations which present ethical dilemmas and/or moral distress. Takes steps to actively address the situation. Seeks resources as needed to resolve the situation.
  • Incorporates patient/family education in planning care and begins to encourage patient/family self-advocacy.
  • Evaluates nursing care and patient response and communicates findings to team members through documentation in the EHR.
  • Accountable for the rapid adoption and implementation of clinical practice changes into own practice.



  • Understands and documents the evaluation of nursing interventions and outcomes of nursing care utilizing hospital standards, policies and procedures.
  • Consistently follows safe hand-off practices as defined in patient care standards and procedures.
  • Demonstrates understanding and uses the safety behaviors for error prevention.  Identifies potential safety concerns and communicates with unit leadership as appropriate. Enters safety nets when applicable, including good catch/near miss situations.
  • Learns to demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques and good listening skills to empathically communicate with patients/ families, and colleagues.
  • Begins to encourage patient/family self-advocacy.  

Job Responsibilities (Continued)


  • Demonstrates effective teamwork as a member of the interdisciplinary care team, fostering a culture of respect. Recognizes situations where disrespectful collaboration may impact patient care and/or create non-collaborative relationships. Seeks resources as needed to resolve situations involving incivility and/or disrespect.  
  • Actively participates in interdisciplinary patient care rounds and/or meetings.  Advances skills to make recommendations to the plan of care that reflect nursing goals, interventions, and expected outcomes.  Revises the plan of care according to the patient care decisions made on rounds. 
  • Demonstrates an understanding of evidence-based practice in direct clinical care in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Advances skills in developing and implementing effective partnerships with members of the ancillary staff; delegates tasks effectively to assure comprehensive nursing care is provided. 
  • Learns to develop and sustain professional, well-boundaried, therapeutic relationships with patients and families in which all actions are in the best interest of the patient and family and there is no personal gain at the patient/families expense. 


Professional Development

  • Models appearance and behaviors that promote a positive image of professional nursing.
  • Develops clinical judgment and demonstrates the ability to think critically.
  • Demonstrates understanding and learns to apply the principles of Family Centered Care, including dignity and respect, information sharing, participation, and collaboration.
  • Aware of patient/family experience measures and incorporates into care delivery.  Attains a working knowledge of patient/family experience results (NRC Picker) at the unit and organizational level.  Participates in initiatives to improve satisfaction scores. 
  • Practices within a shared decision making environment.  Familiar with Shared Governance council activities at the unit and/or department level. Begins to participate in council activities at the unit level. 
  • Learns about Magnet designation and the Magnet Model of transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge and innovations, and empirical outcomes.
  • Demonstrates fiscal stewardship:
    • Recognizes when assistance is needed with work assignment, seeks out assistance, and delegates appropriately.  
    • Monitors own use of supplies and conserves unit and organizational resources.
    • Assures supplies are not wasted or misused. 
    • Learns time management and minimizes incidental overtime.  

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

  • Attends all seminars in the Nurse Residency Program and completes an Evidence-based practice group project 
  • Learns about the Professional Advancement Program (PEAK) and considers the opportunity to participate when eligible.
  • Achieves healthcare informatics competency to manage patient care, outcome data, and current and emerging healthcare technology. 
  • Learns about nursing sensitive outcomes and learns how to navigate the nursing scorecard. Participates in improvement initiatives to improve outcomes.
  • Identifies own learning needs and actively assures learning needs are met. 
    • Seeks out opportunities to meet needs and attends all required programs.  
    • Maintains CEU’s for nursing licensure.
    • Maintains compliance with mandatory education and annual nursing competencies.
    • Attends internal education programs to meet identified learning needs and personal/professional goals (i.e. annual competencies, Orientation Parts 1 and 2).
  • Recognizes individual preferences regarding an environment of constant change and learns about change management. Seeks resources to develop effective methods to cope with and incorporate learning from a fast-paced, ever changing environment.
  • Learns the principles and methodology of quality improvement; participates in QI initiatives at the unit level.
  • Learns about the science of nursing:
    • Develops a sense of inquiry.  
    • Reads articles pertinent to the patient population. Gains skills in performing literature reviews. 
    • Begins to develop clinical questions and advances understanding and application of evidence-based practice. Understands the nursing research process.
  • Begins to participate in activities that contribute to improving the health of the community.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Active Temporary License (TLRN) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
CPR Certification issued through an organization that requires a hands-on instructor lead psychomotor skills verification (ex. American Heart Association or Red Cross)

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:  Nursing Diploma. According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: BSN

Additional Technical Requirements

Computer Competency

  • Basic use of a computer (mouse, keyboard, printer, USB ports).
  • Basic use of Microsoft Office (Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and Skype).
  • Web browsing, intranet search, document access.
  • Use of shared network file space.
  • Basic use of patient facing technologyfc (e.g. IV pumps, point of care devices, CR monitors).
  • Navigation and use of clinical communication systems.


Information Literacy

  • Determines the nature and extent of clinical information needed and uses the appropriate technology to access it.
  • Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Evaluates information and its sources critically and appropriately incorporates it into clinical practice.
  • Evaluates outcomes of the use of information.


Information Management Literacy

  • Navigation of the electronic health record system.
  • Ability to locate and review specific patient data in various clinical information systems.
  • Effectively uses clinical decision support tools.
  • Understands policies and procedures, confidentiality, security, and privacy regulations regarding the use of clinical information systems.
  • Ability to collect clinical data using quality improvement tools.

To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community.  As a condition of employment, professionals working onsite—at any CHOP location, for any portion of time—must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more. 

CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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