Are new graduate RN's being hired in Orange County, CA? - page 3

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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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    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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    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^^
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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
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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.
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    Thank you NickiLaughs. Why is it so hard for new grads to find jobs??
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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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    a bunch of my friends applied to Hoag's new grad program only to find it cancelled a week before. And then the Nurse recruiter actually emailed them an application, it's a program funded by California Workforce called the RN Transition Program, lo and behold, Hoag was one of the "host" hospital. They eventually got in. It's an unpaid 12-week experience for new grad nurses to actually work as an RN in a floor. I don't know if it's going to be the trend right now for hospitals to off set the expenses in training new grads. They are soon ending their Transition Program and a bunch of them are being hired by the hospital because they're already trained.

    so I don't know.... is this what we're coming into? is it THAT bad for new grads right now?
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    It's crazy.. I am such a compassionate person and just want to help people. Hopefully next summer when I graduate it will get better!
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    Orange County hospitals that have new grad programs are pretty limited. CHOC just had their applications, and I got a position as a new grad in their PICU. St. Joes and Hoag aren't hiring new grads right now, and UCI has very limited positions but no official program. All of the smaller hospitals don't have programs but some do take new grads once you have your license. I found the most information by calling recuriters at pretty much every hospital in Southern California. Good luck to you all!
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    Thanks Sara


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