ucsd medical center

  1. Hi all,
    I wanted to write in here because it's been awhile since I have logged on allnurses. About two years ago or so, I had an interview at my dream hospital (UCSD). Unfortunately, I did not get the position. I had gone into a slight depression because of the rejection. At the time, I had two interviews. One at UCSD and at Palomar Medical Center. I chose to work at Palomar because I thought it would give me a better experience and it was much closer to where I lived. Today, I'm working at Palomar on a PCU unit. I love the coworkers and the job! I'm thankful that I chose to work at Palomar but I always wondered if I tried again with UCSD would I have a better chance? I always thought to myself. Never give up on your dreams. So therefore, I am gonna try again and apply to UCSD. No matter how many rejections. I'll keep on trying!! Just wanted to vent! Hope everyone is having a wonderful evening.
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    About RN_518

    Joined: Feb '13; Posts: 13
    Registered Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in Ortho, Med-Surg, Tele, PCU, IMC

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  3. by   NickiLaughs
    Good for you. Sometimes the grass isn't greener on the other side though. I work for UC Davis medical center. It was a long term goal and took multiple attempts. I'm glad for the experience but between what they take out of your paycheck in pension (10%), parking costs and the lack of cohesiveness on our unit, I'm ready to jump ship and move back to so cal when hubby is done with school. I hope you are successful though and love it!
  4. by   zzbxdo
    Quote from NickiLaughs
    Good for you. Sometimes the grass isn't greener on the other side though. I work for UC Davis medical center. It was a long term goal and took multiple attempts. I'm glad for the experience but between what they take out of your paycheck in pension (10%), parking costs and the lack of cohesiveness on our unit, I'm ready to jump ship and move back to so cal when hubby is done with school. I hope you are successful though and love it!
    And here I am at UCSD slightly contemplating on the thought of transferring to ucd or ucsf to be closer to home haha. Not too sure myself if that pension is worth it, that 10% adds up quickly.
  5. by   NickiLaughs
    Quote from zzbxdo
    And here I am at UCSD slightly contemplating on the thought of transferring to ucd or ucsf to be closer to home haha. Not too sure myself if that pension is worth it, that 10% adds up quickly.
    Does UCSD not take out a portion for pension? I thought the entire UC system did. It's 9 or 10% of base, they don't take out fm your OT I believe....at least it's pretax. With all the deductions including 100$month for parking I'm not quite sure how much more I'm making than I would if I returned back to riverside area....
  6. by   RN_518
    Thanks! I figured it wouldn't hurt to try again and apply.
  7. by   zzbxdo
    Quote from NickiLaughs
    Does UCSD not take out a portion for pension? I thought the entire UC system did. It's 9 or 10% of base, they don't take out fm your OT I believe....at least it's pretax. With all the deductions including 100$month for parking I'm not quite sure how much more I'm making than I would if I returned back to riverside area....
    UCSD does take 10 percent. I was just saying that I'm sure ucsd doesn't have anymore cohesiveness etc plus it'll be a pay cut.
  8. by   karmyk
    Correct me if I'm wrong... But I always thought the rumor was that you usually needed to start out per diem to get into UCSD, and from there you find a way to slip into a full time position once one of them came up...

    ...at least that's what I've heard from other nurses who I worked with when we lived in San Diego...
  9. by   zzbxdo
    I mean, if you already are per diem you could potentially get hired as full time staff. That does not exclude outsiders. Lateral transfers are pretty easy, probably the same as any other place.
  10. by   karmyk
    It's true at just about any hospital, but positions at ucsd are pretty coveted amongst rns in the area due to the benefits (mainly pension/retirement)... So I know quite a few who have accepted per diem positions in anticipation of being able to pounce on the very rare full time openings once they open up.
  11. by   zzbxdo
    That may be true that the benefits are stronger vs scripts and sharp, and maybe slightly more than the va but the notion or rumor that you have to be per diem to start is absolutely false. It's not a rarity, plenty of full time positions are open. There was a recent hiring of 20 plus ft just for the CCU and pending neuro cc. Budget, especially at the Hillcrest campus, is limited with the construction of Jacobs. Guess when a mass hiring spree will occur in the next couple years
  12. by   karmyk
    Ahhhh I stand corrected then.. I think most of the nurses I know who have wanted a position with either the VA, Balboa, Pendleton, or UCSD have primarily been concerned with retirement/pension on their minds.

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