Children's National Medical Center - Nursing (3 positions)

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PICS Organization Name
Children's National Medical Center - Nursing


Washington, D.C.

$4,700 gross

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Charlotte Moss '19, Grace Turner '18, Suren Jamiyanaa '19, Olivia Richardson '19

Organization Description
Children's National is the only integrated nonprofit pediatric healthcare provider in the metro Washington, DC region. Founded in 1870, it has grown from a townhouse to a 303-bed hospital that admitted more than 14,000 patients and provided 371,000 outpatient visits last year. Families travel regionally, nationally, and internationally seeking our world-class pediatric specialty care. Likewise, Children’s National serves as the medical safety net for the children of the region. Through our seven Centers of Excellence, 37 locations, including six community-based health centers in the District, seven regional outpatient facilities in Maryland and Virginia, more than 750 affiliated pediatricians, nearly 1,000 volunteers, a Mobile Health Program with 34 locations, and the School Nurse Program in DC’s public schools, Children’s National brings health care directly into the communities of the area’s most vulnerable children and families. Last year, more than 55% of the 271,000 unique individuals receiving care at Children’s National lived in low- to moderate-income families; in response, Children’s National provided over $53 million in uncompensated care during the same interval.

Our mission is to:

  • Set the standard of excellence in care of children
  • Serve as the voice for the most vulnerable among us
  • Lead the quest to cure childhood’s most devastating diseases
  • Prepare the nation’s future leaders in child health

Our patients and their families contributed to the creation of Children’s National’s Medical Center’s child-centered vision, which looks at the hospital experience through a child’s eyes and articulates our commitment to providing the best care to children:

  • My hospital is a bright and happy place that feels like home
  • My providers, my family, and I are a team, and everyone's job is important
  • The way my hospital works is built around me
  • My providers don't all look alike
  • My hospital is my family's connection to everything I need for my health, whether they provide it or blaze trail it

Our Nursing Department has held the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet® designation for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in professional nursing practice since 2010. The Magnet® Recognition Program requires qualifying institutions to consistently exceed rigorous standards, with the annual process including the provision of a comprehensive range of CE programs that are designed in response to the evolving hospital practice environment. Each program must contribute to maintaining, extending, and improving pediatric nurses’ clinical performance—just 7% of hospitals nationwide have received this recognition.  Furthermore, we are also an ANCC Provider Unit and received re-designation status as a provider unit with distinction in the last year. This 5-year designation allows to us continue providing excellence in nursing continuing education.

Internship Description

Please note that you may apply to each of the following positions with a single PICS organization selection, however you must write a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to be considered. Include all cover letters for this organization in ONE pdf document.

Position: Nursing Quality
(Medical Services)

The PICS intern would work closely with the Regulatory/Accreditation nursing lead from the Department of Nursing Science, Professional Practice, and Outcomes to address nursing documentation citations from the 2017 Department of Health (DOH) Survey. Responsibilities and tasks would follow the Donabedian Model to examine and assess health service to evaluate care. 

Structure: Work with unit based experts to develop and implement processes of care to increase nursing documentation compliance


  • Review and edit policy and procedures based on updated best practices and standards of care specific to nursing citations received from the 2017 DOH survey.
  • Audit new processes and analyze data
  • Provide data for compliance and assist in driving improvement efforts


  • Demonstrate an understanding the regulatory and accreditation process to achieve and sustain compliance in the division of nursing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of survey process, citation response planning, and execution or resolutions.
  • Understand and actively take part in the data collection, interpretation, and dissemination process within the division of nursing in response to citations incurred.
  • Achieve increase in compliance and constant regulatory/accreditation readiness  

Position: Nursing Operations 
(Medical Services)
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) outpatient clinic is located on 4 East at Children's National. It provides comprehensive care to an average of 75 patients per day by 8 separate specialty teams (hematology, leukemia/lymphoma, solid tumor, neuro-oncology, rheumatology, allergy, immunology, and fellows) and 9 multidisciplinary specialty clinics (hemophilia treatment center, sarcoma clinic, menorrhagia clinic, thrombosis clinic, sickle cell infant clinic, sickle cell transition clinic, late effects clinic, cancer genetics, and radiation oncology). 

Excluding the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic, the main clinic has 13 exam rooms, 12 infusions chairs, 2 short infusion chairs, 3 vital sign stations, 2 phlebotomy chairs, 2 nurse access chairs, and 3 Non Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA) recovery rooms and one (NORA) procedure room. 

On busy days the clinic can provide care to 125 patients a day with all patients utilizing one registration desk. 

After registration, patients may flow through one to six different areas in the clinic in varied order based on specialty, volume, and patient specific circumstances. These areas include vital signs, phlebotomy, nurse access, exam room, infusion room, and NORA. 

Treatment decisions also are impacted by lab turn-around time, as well as pharmacy preparation time which are located in different departments within the organization. The complex nature of visits leads to long delays in care. 

Creating an efficient schedule to meet the needs of patients requiring complex treatments in a very dynamic environment has been a difficult challenge, especially when treatments are dependent on efficient collaboration with other departments such as lab and pharmacy. 

We are requesting an evaluation of throughput to decrease clinic wait times, improve efficiency, and improve patient satisfaction and the development of decision support to create long lasting efficiencies. 

Position: Nursing Education 
(Medical Services, Education)
Nurse Residency programs have become a necessary and required part of the newly graduated nurses onboarding experience. Through these programs newly graduated nurses have learned to assimilate and acclimate more effective to their new roles as nurses. These programs have had demonstrated outcomes related to recruitment, retention and ongoing professional development of a registered Nurse.

In 2014, the American Nurse Credentialing Center implemented a credentialing program for nurse residency program, called the “Practice to Transitions Accreditation Program (PTAP)”. The nursing education department at Children's National has been revising our nurse residency program based on the accreditation criteria for the last three years and is now in a position to prepare and submit an application for accreditation as a nurse residency program. We are seeking an intern to analyze and validate all data and to review all narratives for submission. The intern will serve in a project management role to ensure that all criteria for the application submission are completed. Additionally the intern will work with external team members to develop and complete the electronic submission of submission document. 

Internship Qualifications

  • Strong interest in research
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer skills to support basic research and data management. Experience with statistical programs ( SAS, STATA, R) is desirable
  • Self-starter
  • Independent worker
  • Adaptable
  • Interest in health-related career
  • Professional in attitude and appearance
  • Good time management skills  


  • Spanish as a second language
  • CPR or First Aid
  • EMS
  • Nursing assistants or hospital volunteer work etc.

Expected Start Time
8:00 am

Expected End Time
5:30 pm

Required Dates
06/04/18 to 8/10/18 must be consecutive, non-negotiable 

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Applicant must be a US citizen.

George Washington University has summer housing available - you can apply on-line, fees are listed - go to
Another option is to locate housing near metro or hospital shuttle locations.

As a summer intern at Children's National you are considered a hospital employee and must abide by all hospital policies and procedures. 
Relevant policies will be given to interns. Interns are responsible for reading all materials they receive. Earnings are subject to federal and state taxes.

  • On-line job application, after selection by mentor physician
  • Driving/Parking, off campus parking is available with a connecting hospital shuttle ($22/month)
  • Securing Housing see above
  • Please indicate if there are any special requirements for interns, i.e. required background check, drug screen,vaccinations, certifications (for example CPR) etc.

Before beginning the internship, all interns must complete the following:

  • A current physical for the year 2018
  • Two negative TB (PPD) skin tests given one week apart. Results provided to the hospital no later than May 225h. If you do not have the ability to complete these evaluations/tests the hospital will do an examination and TB test for free but you must arrive in town with enough time to complete all testing prior to May 23rd . Specifics will be provided upon acceptance to the internship Note physical appointments are assigned in advance as applications are received and may require early arrival to complete. Failure to complete this may jeopardize the job offer
  • Obtain a hospital ID
  • Drug screening can be done one month prior to arrival at Quest Diagnostics
  • Complete and provide documentation of CITI Human Subjects Research Educational • Program - information for on-line training will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Expected working schedule for this internship 5 day a week, Monday through Friday work schedule, usually an 8 hour work day established by mentor or arranged clinical experience, Lunch break: 30 minutes, break (1) 15 minute/ 8 hour work day

Evaluation Excerpt

It was also an amazing opportunity to be able to experience working in a hospital setting while still in college, because I was able to see how different departments in the hospital worked together.
—Olivia Richardson '19

I had a lot of fun with my bosses and coworkers. The crew and Children’s is great. 
—Grace Turner '18

CNMC is a place where they are welcoming to diversity and take excellent care of all of their patients, no matter the background. I learned a lot about how a hospital functions and was able to see any part that I was interested in, something which is a huge asset for anyone interested in a medical profession.
—Charlotte Moss '19


To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program