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Children's of Alabama Overview

Birmingham, AL
Health Care Services & Hospitals
Less than $1 million (USD) per year
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report ... Read more

Mission: The mission of Children's of Alabama is to provide the finest pediatric health services to all children in an environment that fosters excellence in research and medical education. Children's will be an advocate for all children and work to ... Read more

Company Updates

  • In June of 1911 a meeting was held at St. Andrews Church to discuss founding a children’s hospital. This hospital would become Children’s of Alabama. We hope you'll help us celebrate our birthday today! #CelebrateChildrensAL

  • Children's of Alabama opened a 10-bed expansion of its Children's Behavioral Health unit this week. The 5,800-square foot project brings the number of psychiatric beds at the state's only freestanding pediatric medical facility to 44. The addition will primarily serve adolescents through 18 years of age and will allow Children’s to better meet the growing need for inpatient psychiatric care.

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Children's of Alabama – Why Work With Us?

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Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the United States. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs.

The vision of Children’s of Alabama is to be nationally recognized as a comprehensive regional and national pediatric healthcare center providing one class of excellent patient care through innovative and proven clinical care, education and research.

Children's of Alabama shall have as its values:

  • Trust
  • Teamwork
  • Compassion (for patients, families and employees)
  • Innovation
  • Commitment

Working with children is perhaps the greatest benefit of working at Children’s of Alabama. After all, it was the children who brought many of us here in the first place. They are the center of our life and they’re also central to the values that bind us together—emotionally, intellectually, spiritually.

As Alabama’s foremost not-for-profit pediatric health care provider, we can offer you all the challenges and opportunities for development you desire—as well as competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and a special sense of community that values every individual and rewards dedication and excellence. That’s why we provide both traditional workplace benefits and new, innovative benefits that are based on the values that have been vital to the spirit of our hospital for over 100 years.

Trust. Compassion. Teamwork. Commitment. Innovation. The five values that are The Children’s Way. The five values that are intangible benefits that make this a workplace like no other!

Regular employees scheduled to work 20+ hours per week are eligible for the following benefits.


Children’s offers three health plans: Viva Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Blue Cross Blue Shield Consumer Driven with a Health Savings Account. None of our health plan requires a Primary Care referral to see a specialist physician. We pay a significant portion of the monthly premiums.


Children’s offers Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic Dental plan and a Blue Cross Blue Shield Buy-Up Option.


Our vision plan is offered by Humana Vision Care Plan.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Children’s offers a Health Care Spending Account and a Dependent Care Spending Account. Employees may contribute pre-tax dollars to these accounts to cover qualified expenses that are usually paid out-of-pocket with after-tax dollars. Because employees do not pay Federal, State Income, or Social Security taxes on the money contributed to these accounts, their bring home pay is usually higher.

  • Financial Security
  • Time Off
  • Wellness Benefits
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Family Focused Benefits
  • Work-Life Benefits


Basic Term Life Insurance
Children’s provides all benefit eligible employees basic term life insurance equal to 2 times their base salary, up to $50,000. Employees may also purchase additional term life insurance at affordable group rates. Employee Supplemental Life, Spouse Life, and Dependent Life insurance options are available.

401k Plan
Children’s offers a 401k plan with a generous match of $.50 on the dollar up to 14% of your contributed salary. Participating employees choose from a wider variety of investment options offered through Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments even offers a family of funds that you don’t have to manage!

Financial Finesse
Through a partnership with Financial Finesse, employees can receive free financial guidance from a Certified Financial Planner. Whatever your financial dream, Financial Finesse can help make it a reality.

Long-Term Disability
For qualifying disabling illness or injuries that prevent you from working 90 calendar days or more, the LTD plan will pay a benefits of 60 percent of your base salary. Employees are eligible after 30 days of employment.

Voluntary Short-Term Disability
A voluntary Employee Paid STD plan coordinates with your EIB accrual to alleviate any gap in coverage when you experience a qualifying non-work related disability.

Supplemental Whole Life Insurance
In addition to providing death benefits to your designated beneficiaries, this life insurance also builds cash value that can be utilized while you are still living.

Critical Illness Insurance
Critical Illness insurance can help supplement major medical coverage by helping you pay the direct and indirect costs associated with a critical illness or event.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Offered by an independent broker that specializes in long-term care insurance and represents multiple brand name carriers.

Workman’s Compensation
Children’s offers insurance providing possible wage and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment.

Family Medical Leave
Children’s offers family medical leave in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act.


Paid Time Off
The Children’s Paid Time Off (PTO) bank combines vacation, holiday, personal and short-term sick time into one flexible plan. The PTO plan is flexible because it allows you to schedule time off away from work when it is important to you. The PTO plan also provides options such as Annual PTO Selling and PTO Donation.

Extended Illness Benefit
Children’s provides an Extended Illness Benefit to meet pay continuation needs during absences due to serious illness or maternity leave. Employees begin accruing EIB on their first day of employment. EIB can be taken for your own illness/maternity leave or the illness of your spouse, children or parents.


Onsite Massage Therapy
A licensed Massage Therapist is on campus weekly to provide employees discounted seated massage.

Fitness Discounts
Children’s is able to offer an employee discount with a wide variety of local fitness facilities.

Lunch and Learn
Each year, employees may attend informative Lunch and Learn sessions covering health topics.

Employee Health Screenings
All employees are eligible for various health screenings. All employees may receive annual flu and TB vaccinations at no charge.

Free Programs
Employees can participate free of charge in a number of programs including Smoking Cessation and Disease Management.

myWellness Program
Managed by ChipRewards, medical plan participants can earn even more incentives for healthy behaviors. The more you take part in healthy activities and events, the more you can earn.


Tuition Reimbursement
After one year of employment, employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement. Fulltime employees can receive up to $2,500 per year, and part-time employees can receive up to $1,250 per year.

On-site Classes
Spanish, Business Math, Grammar, Medical Terminology and English classes are brought on-campus for employees.

Developmental Classes
Children’s Organizational Development team serves as a system-wide resource for the educational and development activities that promote excellence in performance and service.


Adoption Assistance
Regular, benefit eligible employees who have completed six (6) months of employment are eligible to participate in the program. Eligible employees may receive up to $5,000 per adoption or up to $7,000 per adoption if the child has special needs. Eligible employees may apply for reimbursements for up to 2 children.

Near & Dear Onsite Childcare
Near & Dear is an on-site center for children of Children’s employees. Located on Children’s campus, the center provides emergency back-up child care and mildly ill childcare for children ages 3 months to 12 years. The center is also available daily for new parents with infants ages 6 weeks to 3 months.

On-site Lactation Center
Children’s is very proud to offer lactation benefits to parents. The center provides: a relaxing atmosphere, pump equipment and supplies, and a resource center for families.

Flexible Scheduling where available


Employee Assistance Program
Confidential assistance with: Family and Marital Issues, Alcohol/Drug Dependency, Stress related issues, Financial difficulties, Mental/Emotional Issues and Child care and Elder care counseling.

Banking Services
Many local banks offer discounted or free checking accounts to Children’s employees.

Employee Discounts
Employees are eligible for many discounts. Currently, employees may purchase discounted Birmingham Broadway series tickets, and Six Flags admission tickets. Also, employees are eligible for discounts in the Hospital gift shop and cafeterias.

Identity Theft Shield
Children’s offers an ID protection plan that provides for continuous credit report monitoring and identity restoration to correct damages caused by identity theft.

Children’s offers group auto, homeowners and other property and casualty insurance coverage through the MetPay Program.

The third largest pediatric medical facility in the United States, named again by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best children's hospital programs in the nation. Our doctors, nurses and entire medical staff that work in the two million square foot main campus and in our offsite facilities throughout the state are all committed to the same goal: to provide the finest pediatric care to all children so they can get well and go home.

We've built our legacy on our core values of trust, teamwork, innovation, commitment and compassion. We know that every time we come through these doors we'll live up to our high standards as we work to make a difference in children's lives.

Whether you're a veteran in healthcare or just starting out, our orientation programs and simulation center are designed to help you learn the ropes here. 

Children's is home to the state's only Level I pediatric trauma center, the only pediatric renal care center, the largest pediatric burn center in the Southeast and is one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the nation. Its specialty centers for the treatment of cancerdiabetes, sleep disorders, cystic fibrosis, immunodeficiencies, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, lung disease, kidney disease serve as the backdrop for learning and discovery for health care professionals dedicated to the care of children. The newly built Center for Pediatric Research and Innovation houses research space and a state-of-the-art education center. Children's is headquarters for the Regional Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222), the Southeast Child Safety Institute and a site-based school for long term patients that is accredited by the State Department of Education.

As a teaching and research hospital, Children's is a tremendous asset to the state and the southeast logistically. Nationally, the hospital is part of one of the major centers for medical research and has been a major contributor to medical science, ranking among the top ten pediatric departments in funding by the National Institutes of Health.

Children's of Alabama Reviews

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    "The place to be a kid, and a Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Birmingham, AL
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Children's of Alabama part-time (More than 10 years)


    This is an amazing and different atmosphere for Hospital Nurses. It's completely geared for Children and making them feel comfortable and safe. The work can be hard, and some things are just heartbreaking to see and handle. But as the nurse you help families through these difficult day. And no matter what the kids are going through, the fact remains that they are still kids. Curious, funny and resilient. There are many capacities, schedules and locations that a Registered Nurse can choose to work in.


    The pay here is the lowest in the city for nurses. The starting pay is low and the raises are meager.

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Children's of Alabama Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    New Grad RN Interview

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    Declined Offer
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    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Children's of Alabama in March 2020.


    Applied online. Received an email listing several dates to come in for a formal Interview following by 3 hours of shadowing on the unit applied. The interview was a panel interview, with no managers present

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you didn't get along with someone
      Tell me about a time you had to handle a difficult patient
      Tell me about a time where you showed teamwork   Answer Question
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Children's of Alabama Awards & Accolades

  • Eight Children's of Alabama Pediatric Specialties Recognized Among Nation's Best, U.S.News and World Report, 2018
  • Excellence in Quality & Service, NRC Health, 2018
  • Favorite Pediatrician – Favorite Children’s Health Facility, Birmingham Parent Magazine, 2018
  • Alabama's only LEED Gold Certified Healthcare Facility, United States Green Building Council (USGBC), 2012
  • First pediatric ABRET-accredited Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, ABRET, 2014
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