New Grad RN programs in Arizona

  1. I'm graduating from Simmons College in Boston and am looking to move to Arizona post graduation. I was wondering what programs in Phoenix or Tucson are available to new grads? I've heard that Phoenix Children's, Mayo Clinic, Banner, and TMC all have programs but I can't seem to find a bunch of information about the programs. Does anyone have any information?

    Along with this, does anyone know how competitive these programs are? I'd like to say that I would have a decent chance at obtaining a position, due to coming from the Boston area and having clinicals/preceptorships at Boston Children's, Brigham and Women's, and BMC, along with having a bunch of extracurriculars with my school, but I'm not sure what to expecting coming to this area.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   Futurefnp23
    Hey! If you look on the actual websites for these companies you can find their new grad programs and positions. I work for Banner and it was very easy to obtain a new grad position. I got the job on the day of my interview. Mayo is the best so if you can get in there TAKE IT! I would also look at Honor Health . All magnet hospitals and they have specific new grad job openings. Banner isn't a bad company but some of their hospitals are a challenging place to work. They have some great ones but some bad! I think I just got stuck with a bad one and am looking to transfer soon! The company itself is very friendly and accommodating to their employees. Also check out dignity health! I've heard great things about them too!!
  4. by   AZBlueBell
    The hospitals will hire new grads, but as far as actual new grad programs I am only aware of Mayo and Phoenix Children's offering this. Banner and Abrazo will train new grads longer than other new hires, but from what I can tell and have heard it is not an actual new grad program that is setup like Mayo or PCH. Mayo is very competitive, and I don't know anyone who has done PCH. I also don't know Tuscon well enough to speak on that. Good luck!
  5. by   Futurefnp23
    Banner has an actual new grad program. It includes 3 months of intensive training both on the floor, various classes and in SIM labs with the group of new grads you start with. We also had to go through Critical Care Academy which added about 2 months extra training. I had over 100 Continuing Ed hours through all of this by the time I ht my 6 months. They train you extremely well and don't stick you in Med/Surg if you don't want. I and the rest of my new grad group all started in the Step Down Units, some even ICU. Dignity Health also has a new grad program. Although when applying it looks like you're applying to a specific job, they have a cohort of like 10-15 new grads that they train through their program all at once. Honor Health does as well however it is more personalized and 1 on 1 rather than as a group of people but you'll start at med surg there. I had 4 job offers with all of these companies so I was able to actually talk to them about their training process and new grad programs and what not. Mayo is obviously the best so if you can get in great but like you said its competitive and they look for people who want to stay there. Once people go there, they never leave. I think its great for a company to have that reputation but personally I would want to get experience everywhere and try new things! PCH is good too I hear but competitive because everyone wants to be a peds nurse LOL I do hear that they pay is actually really low first hand from a friend who just got a job there NOT as a new grad. Good luck in your search! If you have questions let me know! ( MY 4th job offer was though the county hospital new grad program right in the city which would have been a bad a** place to work but I psyched myself out and got scared by the Trauma 1 acuity and top burn unit in the country and so on. I have a friend who worked there and she saw everything under the sun which is a great place to learn. She loved it so I guess its just dependent on what you wanna do!)
  6. by   AZBlueBell
    Quote from Futurefnp23
    Banner has an actual new grad program. It includes 3 months of intensive training both on the floor, various classes and in SIM labs with the group of new grads you start with. We also had to go through Critical Care Academy which added about 2 months extra training. I had over 100 Continuing Ed hours through all of this by the time I ht my 6 months. They train you extremely well and don't stick you in Med/Surg if you don't want. I and the rest of my new grad group all started in the Step Down Units, some even ICU. Dignity Health also has a new grad program. Although when applying it looks like you're applying to a specific job, they have a cohort of like 10-15 new grads that they train through their program all at once. Honor Health does as well however it is more personalized and 1 on 1 rather than as a group of people but you'll start at med surg there. I had 4 job offers with all of these companies so I was able to actually talk to them about their training process and new grad programs and what not. Mayo is obviously the best so if you can get in great but like you said its competitive and they look for people who want to stay there. Once people go there, they never leave. I think its great for a company to have that reputation but personally I would want to get experience everywhere and try new things! PCH is good too I hear but competitive because everyone wants to be a peds nurse LOL I do hear that they pay is actually really low first hand from a friend who just got a job there NOT as a new grad. Good luck in your search! If you have questions let me know! ( MY 4th job offer was though the county hospital new grad program right in the city which would have been a bad a** place to work but I psyched myself out and got scared by the Trauma 1 acuity and top burn unit in the country and so on. I have a friend who worked there and she saw everything under the sun which is a great place to learn. She loved it so I guess its just dependent on what you wanna do!)
    Well this is really cool to hear! That is not at all like what I have heard from other new grads hired at banner. Thanks
  7. by   sweets0612
    Hello, good day. I'm just literally new in this website and in Phoenix. I am an RN in the Philippines and already passed CGFNS and IELTS to AZBN. About to take exam probably in couple of months. So my question is, can I be qualified for this new grad program?
  8. by   amazed
    Thank you so much for all of this information! I know that the Mayo Clinic's program accepts applications from 3/14-3/16, so I'll be sending in my application tomorrow. Phoenix Children's looks like it takes applications once you have your NCLEX date scheduled, so I wont be able to apply there for a while. I haven't been able to get much information from a lot of the hospitals--I've called but they haven't been in the office, or haven't replied to my voicemail.

    At this point, I'd take any position that offers, but my first choices are definitely PCH and Mayo!
  9. by   buffalo2122
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  10. by   buffalo2122
    Flagstaff Medical Center has a new grad program. It's beautiful here! 4 seasons, mountains, snow in winter, hike trails, lakes. Check out nah careers
  11. by   daxdagr8t
    I just got hired at st. joseph in tucson for the new grad program neuro icu dept.

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