Desiring a job at UCLA medical center

  1. I was hoping that someone could provide me with some insight on how difficult it is to get into the new grad program at UCLA medical center. I am going to be graduating from Kent State University (in Ohio) this coming December '09 with my BSN with at least a 3.5 cumulative gpa. I have worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a nursing assistant for a year now but do not want to stay on board there because I am dying to live out west and get out of this snow belt! I'm planning on visiting this hospital on a weekend in September and going to a recruitment in Maryland in October. Basically, I just want to know what my chances are of getting a job at UCLA (given I get my CA nursing license instead of an Ohio one). I would LOVE to work in an ICU of some type so that I can go on to eventually get my CRNA. Also, if anyone currently or has ever worked there or gone through the new grad is/was it? Any advice or information for me would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you SO much for taking the time to read all of this!! :wink2:
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  3. by   Kelzy
    I'm in the same boat as you... I will be graduating in December '09 and I would love to work at UCLA, however I emailed the nurse recruiter and asked if there would be a new grad program this winter and she said no. So then I asked if they ever hire new grads without having a program, like if a unit were willing to hire a new grad and train them themselves, and she said no, they only hire new grads in batches and the next new grad program won't be until next summer.

    I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but I figured I could save you some emailing at least. Sorry
  4. by   Nrsg6525
    I figured they only hire them in batches and if you think about it, summer wouldn't be an awful start date. Although it would leave you jobless for a couple of months, by the time you are able to take your boards and receive your will be close to February at the earliest. I guess what I'm saying is I could wait three months from then...especially for me because I'll want to get settled into a new place and get familiar with the area. I e-mailed the nurse recruiter about everything so when she gets back to me, I'll let you know if she gives me any more details! Thank you for replying to me
  5. by   love-d-OR
    Please do yourself a favor and don't wait for their new grad program in the summer (August) if you graduate in December. You may not even be guaranteed a position after you are hired (verbally). The reason why there is no program this winter is because there is a hiring freeze. Some of the new grads that were offered jobs this summer where given an "Im sorry but I cannot have you start now, come back in 6 months" speech. So, to sum it up, don't limit yourself to one hospital. Good luck