I didn't find it to be too difficult to get "hired."
Pretty much everyone who filled out an application was told to come for an interview. They were group interviews with about 4 applicants and 2 interviewers. We each got 2 or 3 questions (I think) and then I forget what happened after that (whether they told us on the spot or if we got a call).
I had to do 3 8 hour days of orientation (all on weekends) - but lunch and breakfast were provided.
You need to get BLS certified and get a TB test and your Hep B (which you'll need anyways if you're going into nursing).
I had no healthcare experience prior to this and actually hadn't even been in a hospital before and I thought it was an excellent opportunity for me. I felt like once I was in nursing school
, I wasn't afraid to talk to patients or other nurses and I felt comfortable in the hospital setting.
I did my CCE at Hoag Hospital in Newport. I had rotations through medical pulmonary, telemetry, GI lab and L&D but the hospital pretty much offered experiences in any unit (even ER and sub-ICU I believe).
They are a really nice hospital and I hoped that my experience there would help me get a job once I finished school but they never posted any openings for new grads and every time i called they kept telling me to check online...but anyways...I say go for it and try to do as much as you can while you're there.