I am graduating in May 2007, and I will take my NCLEX exam shortly thereafter. I was looking at a few "New Grad Pprograms" in the Los Angeles area. I don't want to make a mistake and I am a bit confused on which one is the best.
I want to start my new nursing career on the right foot. The following hospitals all offer "New Grad Programs":
UCLA, Cedar-Sinai, St Johns Health Center, USC Hospital, Children hospitals, Memorial Care, Good Samaritan Hospital.
What should I be looking for the most?
Money, length of the commitment, benefits, the hospital itself etc....?
How do I assess the various programs?
Should I try to get an interview with all of them and then make a decision?
On what basis did you make your decision when you went for your first job?
Does anyone have experiences working for the hospital I mentioned above?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Jan 15, '07
You should repost this in the California thread. Might get some more replies that way.
Jan 16, '07
I looked for such things as length of training, type of training (class, preceptor or both), different units that accept new grads, growth potential, continued education, benefits, pay, location, available shifts, etc. I also looked at long term effects of this first job...how will this present training make me a better nurse, can I take it anywhere I go...? Do I want to be here for awhile or will this be a stepping stone...? The environment also plays a big part in the decision, too. Good luck to you!
Jan 16, '07
The most important thing for a new grad is a solid preceptorship program and a comprehensive orientation. Look for a place that will encourage you to participate in on-the-job training ... classes like PALS, ACLS, and other certifications. One thing to look for is a hospital and unit that has good support once you're off orientation. Just because your orientation is finished doesn't mean that you wont still have a ton to learn, so look for a place that will pair you up with a mentor after your preceptorship is over. There's nothing wrong with asking lots of questions at an interview, so set some up and start finding things out. Good luck to you!
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