Summer 2024 Nurse Residency: Postpartum Track

Job Requisition #: JR69624

End Date: 12/20/2023

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Nurse Residency, Nursing

Shift: Day Shift, Rotation Day/Evening/Morning

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Application will be open until 11:59pm December 19th.

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Calling all Senior Nursing Students, Nurse Graduates and new RN's, it is time to apply for our  Summer 2024 Nurse Residency:  Postpartum Track!

The ChristianaCare Nurse 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. ChristianaCare Nurse Residency Program is recognized by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) as an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP).

The Postpartum program is for new RNs who desire to work within Maternal/Child nursing.  Postpartum nurses have the unique ability to influence and educate families in a positive manner. They enable the family to start forming as a cohesive unit in order to confidently care for their baby. Upon completion of this program, resident nurses will have the knowledge and ability to skillfully assess new babies and mothers as well as provide extensive care and education to the family. 

The Postpartum (Mother/Baby) Residency is for new RNs and those with less than 12 month's experience who desire to work within Maternal/Child nursing. Postpartum nurses care for both the mother and the newborn simultaneously, ensuring that the mother is stable, and the newborn is transitioning safely to extrauterine life. They provide extensive education to the family on newborn care and development as well as important after-birth care education for the mother. 

We have recently become an infusion center for Zulresso (Brexanolone), the first FDA approved medication to treat moderate to severe postpartum depression.  We also provide continuity of care for infants born to mothers with substance abuse disorders who are admitted for additional observation and care.

The 24-week preceptor led program is 18 weeks of preceptor led clinical training on the postpartum floors, complemented with educational workshops specific to Postpartum nursing, and 6 weeks of independent practice supplemented with professional development courses. The program is followed by continued residency meetings during months 8, 10, and 12 to further develop as professional nurses and integral members of our caregiver team.

Upon successful program completion, participants will be hired as a staff nurse within the Postpartum area at ChristianaCare health system.  Nurse residents are required to pass State Boards and be licensed as a RN in the State of Delaware prior to starting position. Upon hire, a commitment agreement to work at the ChristianaCare will be signed. The agreement requires completion of two years within ChristianaCare and 15 months of those two years on the unit of hire. Individuals unable to fill this commitment will be charged $10,000.


  • Graduating from accredited nursing school before June 2024 (BSN Preferred)
  • BLS required
  • Less than 12 months experience from the programs' start date
  • Eligible for Delaware or Compact State licensure as a Registered Nurse

How to apply

  • Submit a cover letter for the Postpartum Nurse Residency expressing your interest in this specific program/specialty.
  • Please address your Postpartum Nurse Residency cover letter to Lesley Tepner.
  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial)
  • Two clinical recommendations will be required, but not at the time of the application. If it is determined the minimum qualifications are met, a separate email will be sent from an outside vendor for you to provide us with your clinical instructors' information.

What to Expect After Application:

  • Communication from Talent Acquisition Team about specific next steps including: video interview and clinical references
  • Applications to be sent for review by residency coordinators on January 9th. All tasks (SkillSurvey and HireVue) must be completed BEFORE January 9th in order to be considered. 
  • Digital real-time interviews will begin the second week of February 2024.
  • Offers to be made beginning March 2024.

If you have any issues with your application or any inquiries, please contact Lenny Merrick, the Nurse Residency recruiter at

It is important to note that the DE licensure process may take 6-8 weeks to complete and the failure to do so will directly impact employees' ability to start a position if an offer is made. We strongly encourage applicants to visit the DE Board of Nursing website and begin the fingerprinting and background check process immediately after you submit your application.

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