new grad RN programs in northern California

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    Hi all,
    I am graduating from an ADN program in Nevada in December. My fiance is currently working in San Francisco, and I have spent the last few months trying to research new grad programs in northern California.
    I am starting to become very discouraged about finding a new grad program in this area. I know that California in general is hard to get a job as a new nurse, but I feel that I have included a large geographical area in my search and still have not come up with much!
    Does anyone have any information about any 2014 new grad RN programs?? I would really appreciate some encouragement!!
    Thanks in advance =)
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    Hi all,
    I am currently working my way through an ADN program in Nevada, with a graduation date in December 2013.
    My fiance is currently working in San Francisco, so I am looking for new grad programs anywhere in northern California. I have had a horrible time finding any information and am starting to become quite discouraged!
    Does anyone have any information about 2014 new grad programs in this area, or maybe any encouragement for me?
    Thanks in advance!
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    It is very saturated up here with new graduates. The new grad programs that I have seen consistently are Stanford, UCSF and UC Davis. Many of these programs also want BSN graduates so its gonna be tough with an ADN.
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    Quote from lizzieengel
    Hi all,
    I am currently working my way through an ADN program in Nevada, with a graduation date in December 2013.
    My fiance is currently working in San Francisco, so I am looking for new grad programs anywhere in northern California. I have had a horrible time finding any information and am starting to become quite discouraged!
    Does anyone have any information about 2014 new grad programs in this area, or maybe any encouragement for me?
    Thanks in advance!
    I would highly suggest being open to all types of RN work. Clinics, LTCs, anything outpatient, ect. I am currently waiting to be selected in one of the lovely Sacramento school lotteries, but I have some friends who have recently graduated. All have an ADN and are working in clinics. Apply everywhere and don't be too picky. Any experience is better than none! Also, check out Dixon/fairfield areas...about 30-45 mins from the city, but less saturation of applicants. good luck!
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    I am an RN in SF with 3 years experience and it was hard to get a job in the Bay Area, took many months. New grads have a very low percentage chance of obtaining a position due to the high volume of new grads looking for jobs (lots of new grads from all around the country, mind you, because this is CA and the pay is high) and the small amt of available positions. I did a 3 month travel stent at Stanford before permanently working in SF and talked to a new grad there who said that they had hundreds, maybe thousands of new grads apply a year and they only do like2 new grad orientation programs a year for med/surg and critical care nursing with like many 15 new grads each. This was confirmed by one of the nursing educators who did our travelers orientation. New grad orientation is long and expensive for hospitals. I know new grads here who graduated 8 months ago and haven't found a hospital job.

    My advice? Keep trying, but really find another area or state to practice in. Much easier to get a new grad position in the Midwest. For the life of me, I don't understand why new grads who haven't gotten a position in the better half of a year stay in CA. Madness.
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    I would say apply everywhere. In your case apply in NV and CA to increase your chances of finding employment.

    Your best bet to find a new grad position is to get into a New Grad program, Stanford has one of the larger ones but like everyone says it's very competitive.

    If you can land a job in NV I would suggest staying there and working a year or two and then try to apply. It'll be easier to get a position with experience although it's not a guarantee like it used to be. Some experienced nurses are having a very hard time also finding employment.

    Don't get down there are new grads getting jobs in the Bay so definitely apply to as many places as you can but don't put all your eggs in one basket.

    Good luck
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    Hi,

    Good luck! I'm a graduating BSN student from a univeristy in San Francsico. I'm not an RN but I know that jobs in the SF area is tough! Even tougher with no experience and with an ADN. Don't even bother applying to Stanford or UCSF as they require BSN (Stanford is a magnet hospital). There is CPMC (various campuses), SF General Hospital also takes ADNs, Laguna Honda, and many more. Marin and Mills Peninsula is out there too. You can try the East Bay and in San Jose. Most new grad residencies and/or programs also prefer BSNs or MSNs. As someone else mentioned, I wouldn't be picky about where I go at this point since jobs are super tough in the Bay Area.
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    Hey Guys, Just curious if anyone had received calls yet for interviews for the new grad program starting in Sep 2013? I haven't been rejected yet, but I also not positive if I am stilll in the "running". Thought I'd start a new thread for the cohort. Good luck everyone!
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    Hey lizzieengel, just fyi UCSF cancelled their new grad program for this year but maybe they will open it again next year. Stanford and the VA have new grad programs.

    Like others have said you should apply to anything you can find, not just hospitals. I graduated with my BSN as a second degree in December 2012, Sigma Theta Tau, did my first degree at Stanford and then spent 3 years working at Google before going to nursing school. It took me 5 months of applying to almost literally every nursing job in the bay area I might be qualified for, and I just landed a per diem RN job at an eye surgery center. That 5 months is not counting the time I spent applying to jobs while I was still in nursing school. I'm happy with my role and think I will learn a lot in a surgery center- but I'm just emphasizing that you should look beyond hospitals because there are very few new grad positions for RNs in hospitals in the Bay Area. It's hard to get the non-hospital RN jobs as well, so apply to anything and everything: travel clinics, nursing homes, small medical practices, you name it. If you move here before getting a job, volunteering is a good way to start making connections.

    I also moved to back to the area because of my fiance, so I feel you on trying to get a job near them!


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