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

by NewBeee

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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 the hospitals are hiring new... Read More


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    Yikes I was actually talking about OP's comment. Anyway I agree with CAliotter. I was in you shoes last January I started my job search earlier, started applying, etc. etc. It didnt do much good. It only stressed me out a bit until I realized I needed to concentrate on finishing. Employers are now asking for your transcripts and good recommendations (naturally) so dont burn your bridges with any of your instructors.
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    Does anyone know if HOAG already posted their applications for the Nov. 1 program? I have been checking and have not seen anything..Maybe it's just too soon.. Anyone know? I also applied to Glendale Memorial and still haven't heard from them.
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    Hey was wondering if you found a job yet?
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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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    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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    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?
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    See above for my advice
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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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    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.
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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.


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