Nursing Program

Nursing Student Placement

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is affiliated with a long list of national colleges and universities with which we coordinate student clinical placement within the medical center.

For questions about student clinical placement or to request placement at Connecticut Children’s, call 860.545.8130.

Nurse Shadowing

Connecticut Children’s provides nurse shadowing opportunities for prospective employees, regardless of their level of expertise. Nursing students, recent graduates and experienced nurses are welcome to shadow nurses in the medical center to learn more about several of our patient care units. Learn more about nurse shadowing opportunities.

Nursing Orientation

Nurses joining each of our departments participate in an orientation program. Programs vary in duration, intensity, material covered and next steps, depending on the department the new nurse will be joining. In general, orientation includes a full-day hospital orientation, department-specific training, and then a validation period during which new staff members demonstrate clinical competencies by providing supervised care. Upon demonstration of clinical competencies, new nurses gradually become more independent and start to take on a clinical caseload in a supportive team environment.

Nursing Contact Hours

Connecticut Children's Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education contact hours. We strictly adhere to the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on accreditation criteria to ensure educational activities presented meet the specified standards. Nurses may apply for contact hours, which will be eligible upon successful completion of the approved activities according to ANCC guidelines.

Masters Degree Programs

Nurses at Connecticut Children's Medical Center are eligible to receive scholarship to the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies programs for a Master of Science degree in nursing. The online master’s degree programs provided by Nursing@Georgetown offer the same curricula as Georgetown’s highly regarded traditional programs. Nursing@Georgetown offers the following programs:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Educator
  • The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-ACNP/CNS)

Students have the opportunity to engage with nurses and nursing faculty from across the country in live, online seminars with a 10:1 student to faculty ratio. The curriculum coincides with clinical placements, which can be arranged for Connecticut Children’s nurses.