Hands-On Training for Nurses New to Pediatrics
Nurses new to pediatrics participate in a Nurse Fellowship program as part
of their specialized orientation. The experienced acute care nurse with
limited or no pediatric background is provided a unique opportunity to
build upon his/her existing competencies. Through special training that
addresses necessary skills and knowledge, the experienced acute care nurse
will be able to safely provide care for the pediatric patient.
The Nurse Fellowship program is offered throughout the year. For more information
regarding the Nurse Fellowship program, please
contact Human Resources.
Ideal candidates for the fellowship program are nurses that:
- Want to transition from adult to pediatric nursing
- Are transitioning from a pediatric office to a hospital setting
- Are interested in working in pediatric care but have limited experience
In addition to the specialized orientation, the new nurse will work with
an experienced preceptor to ensure a smooth transition to pediatric nursing.
Those who participate in the Nurse Fellowship program will also participate
in the Nurse Fellowship Cohort, which occurs six months later. Nurses
at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital are compensated for their
qualifications and previous work experience, including both adult care
and pediatric nursing experience.