Are new graduate RN's being hired in Orange County, CA? - page 4

by NewBeee

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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    Though they are limited and hard to come by, there ARE available new grad positions at OC hospitals. I graduated in August and students from my class and from the class after ours are getting hired at Mission, Saddleback, UCI, Anaheim Regional, CHOC, etc. Some of them were even hired before graduating and passing the NCLEX. However, most of us had to put in a couple months time of applying to any and every new grad program and position we knew of before we even got interviews.

    I know the OP posted a year ago, but I don't see any problem in starting to look for jobs before graduating, as long as you don't let it consume you or distract you from your schoolwork. I say this because, as I mentioned above, some students DO get hired before graduation, even in OC.

    My recommendations are:
    - Study hard and get good grades in nursing school (GPA DOES matter; if you have a high GPA, include it on your resume)
    - Take on leadership opportunities in school, if you get the chance (Again, looks good on the resume)
    - After you graduate from nursing school, find something worthwhile and constructive to do with your time in addition to applying for jobs, such as volunteering at a hospital or clinic (The most common question I was asked by nursing recruiters was what have I been doing since graduation)
    - Get as many certifications as you can (ACLS, NRP, PALS, etc.), especially the ones that are relevant to the field you want to get into
    - MAKE CONNECTIONS with the nurses you work with during your clinical rotations and with your clinical instructors (The reason that I got the interview that led to me getting a job was because my clinical instructor notified me about a job opening before it was posted online. I had made a good impression on her during nursing school and stayed in touch with her after graduation.)
    - Get as many letters of recommendation as you can from your nursing school professors and clinical instructors. Do this SOON after graduation, before they begin to forget who you are and what you have to offer! Not only are letters of rec often required for new grad residency apps, but you should also include them in your portfolio for any position you end up applying for.
    - Lastly, and most importantly, NEVER give up! It may take several months before you get a job, but keep applying, stay focused, and persevere.

    Good luck, fellow new grads!
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    Quote from BellsRNBSN
    Though they are limited and hard to come by, there ARE available new grad positions at OC hospitals. I graduated in August and students from my class and from the class after ours are getting hired at Mission, Saddleback, UCI, Anaheim Regional, CHOC, etc. Some of them were even hired before graduating and passing the NCLEX. However, most of us had to put in a couple months time of applying to any and every new grad program and position we knew of before we even got interviews.

    I know the OP posted a year ago, but I don't see any problem in starting to look for jobs before graduating, as long as you don't let it consume you or distract you from your schoolwork. I say this because, as I mentioned above, some students DO get hired before graduation, even in OC.

    My recommendations are:
    - Study hard and get good grades in nursing school (GPA DOES matter; if you have a high GPA, include it on your resume)
    - Take on leadership opportunities in school, if you get the chance (Again, looks good on the resume)
    - After you graduate from nursing school, find something worthwhile and constructive to do with your time in addition to applying for jobs, such as volunteering at a hospital or clinic (The most common question I was asked by nursing recruiters was what have I been doing since graduation)
    - Get as many certifications as you can (ACLS, NRP, PALS, etc.), especially the ones that are relevant to the field you want to get into
    - MAKE CONNECTIONS with the nurses you work with during your clinical rotations and with your clinical instructors (The reason that I got the interview that led to me getting a job was because my clinical instructor notified me about a job opening before it was posted online. I had made a good impression on her during nursing school and stayed in touch with her after graduation.)
    - Get as many letters of recommendation as you can from your nursing school professors and clinical instructors. Do this SOON after graduation, before they begin to forget who you are and what you have to offer! Not only are letters of rec often required for new grad residency apps, but you should also include them in your portfolio for any position you end up applying for.
    - Lastly, and most importantly, NEVER give up! It may take several months before you get a job, but keep applying, stay focused, and persevere.

    Good luck, fellow new grads!
    You are awesome! Thank you for the great advice
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    To those who just graduated from Saddlebacks nursing program. Were you able to get a job at UCI without a BSN degree?


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