Are new graduate RN's being hired in Orange County, CA? - page 2

Hello, I will be graduating with an RN degree this December. I plan on taking my nclex shortly after. I will be applying for a new grad position in South Orange County, CA. Does anyone know if... Read More

  1. Visit  MsSocalRN profile page
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    oops sorry didn't read your post right just caught you are not graduating until December, I can tell you I graduated in June took NCLEX in July passed and still haven't found a job, and yes I have applied in Orange County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County as well. I wish you luck, it will take awhile but you should find a job.
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  3. Visit  ICUSkeenRN profile page
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    If you are in school in the area, please take my advice. MAKE FRIENDS at your clinical sites now. That is the BEST way to get hired as a new nurse--- previous clinical sites. You already know the nurses, the unit directors, etc.

    I moved to California as a new grad from Atlanta and found the job market VERY tough for new grads, especially ones who had zero contacts in the area. There I was with a good GPA from a good school and letters of recommendation, but I couldn't find a job. I wasted the entire first month I was here filling out New Grad applications for big hospitals only to get rejection letter after rejection letter. Then I got smart and while searching for work, I got certified in ACLS, PALS, EKG, Wound Care, etc. Then I started calling smaller community hospitals and asking to speak to unit directors directly. I inquired about RN positions on their floor. I started getting interviews. I got a job! And it turned out to pretty much be the job of my dreams!

    If I were you, these are the things I would do while still in school:
    --Continue making the kick@ss grades! You rock!
    --Start prepping for the NCLEX
    --Start pinpointing your favorite hospital new grad programs and seeing when their programs start (and most importantly, when the application deadlines are)
    --MAKE FRIENDS at your hospital where you're doing clinicals-- Trust me, it's way easier to get a job when you know people (75% of my graduating class in Atlanta got jobs at former preceptorship/clinical locations)
    --Consider smaller hospitals. Fountain Valley Regional has an excellent new grad program, and they have another program opening in February '11
    --PM me if you have any questions, for I have been there, done that

    Best of luck!

    Marion
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  4. Visit  hkrntobe profile page
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    Arrr. i am so frustrated. I can't even get an interview for a new Grad RN position. I honestly don't know what more that i can do and I have run out of money. I would seem that even with all of the hospitals that there is an over saturation of RN's in orange county. Can someone please give me some suggestions?
  5. Visit  ICUSkeenRN profile page
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    See above for my advice
  6. Visit  NickiLaughs profile page
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    I can tell you that hoag is definitely not hiring and rescinded all of the job offers for new grads.
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  7. Visit  B52-H profile page
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    South OC and so cal in general is over saturated. The hospitals close by (Saddleback, Hoag, KP, Mission, UCI etc) are either not hiring new grads or have limited slots; maybe fewer than 10. You are going to have to expand your search area and prepare to deal with the hours of traffic to LA, Riverside or San Diego.

    Wherever you can get an interview/offer is where you have to go.
  8. Visit  hkrntobe profile page
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    Quote from B52-H
    South OC and so cal in general is over saturated. The hospitals close by (Saddleback, Hoag, KP, Mission, UCI etc) are either not hiring new grads or have limited slots; maybe fewer than 10. You are going to have to expand your search area and prepare to deal with the hours of traffic to LA, Riverside or San Diego.

    Wherever you can get an interview/offer is where you have to go.
    I have look there as well and no luck. Unfortunitly, anything more than 1.3 hour drive is also unrealistic on the pocket book.
  9. Visit  MisterSimba profile page
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    Quote from hkrntobe
    Arrr. i am so frustrated. I can't even get an interview for a new Grad RN position. I honestly don't know what more that i can do and I have run out of money. I would seem that even with all of the hospitals that there is an over saturation of RN's in orange county. Can someone please give me some suggestions?
    Move to North Dakota...? It seems there's quite a few jobs there for new grads! Seriously, if I don't have a job lined up by this summer, guess where I'll be moving to?

    I've been applying to new grad programs here in CA as well as several other states since last spring. I graduated last July, passed the NCLEX last August, and today I finally got a phone call for an interview. My first in CA!!!

    I had one previous interview in Texas but didn't get the job, and also got a phone call for an interview in North Carolina, but I didn't go....

    So yeah.....I feel your pain!!!! Hang in there!!!!
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  10. Visit  ladyangel341 profile page
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    Have you tried Alabama? Ive search they offer training and job for new grad RN.. I'm thinking of applying but my husband wont let me to relocate...but I still consider it as a last resort...if after 3 months I can't find a job^^
  11. Visit  Lcr1714 profile page
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    Hey! This is a great blog and very informative. I have a few questions, I am a southern california native but have been living in Nashville, TN for the past 4 years from nursing school. I am planning on moving back there next summer 2012. I graduate a BSN program in May 2012.

    What hospitals in orange county offer new grad residency programs and do any of you know when the application process starts?
    I am willing to fly out for interviews if I can bundle them together.

    Any Adivce will help, thanks
  12. Visit  NickiLaughs profile page
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    Quote from Lcr1714
    Hey! This is a great blog and very informative. I have a few questions, I am a southern california native but have been living in Nashville, TN for the past 4 years from nursing school. I am planning on moving back there next summer 2012. I graduate a BSN program in May 2012.

    What hospitals in orange county offer new grad residency programs and do any of you know when the application process starts?
    I am willing to fly out for interviews if I can bundle them together.

    Any Adivce will help, thanks
    Most of them have cancelled them. Usually Hoag, CHOC, Kaiser, UC Irvine are the big ones to have them. It is VERY competitive though. Positive things they do look for in the even they have them include: Previous experience (such as LVN or tele tech), High GPA (3.5 or better), and Connections/Reccomendations.
  13. Visit  Lcr1714 profile page
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    Thank you NickiLaughs. Why is it so hard for new grads to find jobs??
  14. Visit  NickiLaughs profile page
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    Quote from Lcr1714
    Thank you NickiLaughs. Why is it so hard for new grads to find jobs??
    Because a significant proportion of the medical community would love to live here. Why hire new grads when there are plenty of experienced in the area? New grads cost a lot of money to train and typically leave their first job within a year or two of getting it. According to how much you invest in a new grad, it takes close to two years to recuperate your money's worth on them and they don't even often stay at the position that long.

    Additionally, everyone has cutbacks right now, expensive things such as new grad programs get cut first. Don't be fooled by a nursing shortage, there isn't one. There is still a need for nurses, you just really have to be very dilligent and a little luck can help too.
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