Questions regarding RN Residency

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    Hi everyone!

    I have a question, but first here is my background.

    I graduated RN last 2009, but was just recently licensed this 2011. I don't really have experience, except for a 3 month training in hemodialysis, and of course the clinicals when I was a student nurse.

    I am here in South California. I have been applying for a lot of jobs! Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, but no luck so far. I have applied just recently to an RN residency program here in Lakewood near Long Beach. I was just wondering what are the chances that I could possibly get in? Do you guys think that I would need to know someone to refer me? I'm not being picky, but this is a really great opportunity near home, and I would really love to have it. They say that the residency will start this coming March/April. Guys, please give your input.. I have a lot of hopes and dreams and I can't wait to get started on it.

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    Hi Jenmesh,
    All residency programs in all areas of the country vary their acceptance rates and difficulty to get into. However, I would look into finding information through allnurses for previous Residency programs and their rates of acceptance. If there is a nurse recruiter, you can actually ask them this information. "What are my chances? How many have applied so far? Is there anything I can do to make myself a better candidate?" If you are fortunate enough to get an interview - SELL YOURSELF and always FOLLOW UP. "The squeeky wheel gets the oil." I was lucky enough to remain persistant and I got a residency position and eventually my dream job. Best of luck to you!
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    Hi preppyrn, thank you so much for your suggestion!

    I will follow-up this Monday and do all that you suggested. I always had a problem with trying to follow-up but not sound too aggressive. Sometimes, I have trouble wording my thoughts. But, your questions sound really nice and I never thought of it! Thank you!
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    Quote from jenmesh
    Hi everyone!

    I have a question, but first here is my background.

    I graduated RN last 2009, but was just recently licensed this 2011. I don't really have experience, except for a 3 month training in hemodialysis, and of course the clinicals when I was a student nurse.

    I am here in South California. I have been applying for a lot of jobs! Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, but no luck so far. I have applied just recently to an RN residency program here in Lakewood near Long Beach. I was just wondering what are the chances that I could possibly get in? Do you guys think that I would need to know someone to refer me? I'm not being picky, but this is a really great opportunity near home, and I would really love to have it. They say that the residency will start this coming March/April. Guys, please give your input.. I have a lot of hopes and dreams and I can't wait to get started on it.
    Would you mind mentioning the name of the Hospital that youv'e applied to.. im looking for RN residency programs.. thanks
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    keep an eye out for what the hospital's criteria is qualifying you as a "new grad". some say it has to be less than 6 months from your graduation date. some say you have to have less than 12 months of work experience as an RN. it varies.

    i recently got declined of a residency. they were looking for december2011 graduates only and i graduated august 2011....
    i asked them if there was any way they could make an exception. didnt work out...
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    Quote from racs09_RN
    Would you mind mentioning the name of the Hospital that youv'e applied to.. im looking for RN residency programs.. thanks
    There are a lot of residencies available here in SoCal. Just google "RN Residencies in South California" or "Versant RN program", and something should come out. There will be a lot of residencies this coming summer, and applications should be accepted around March-April. Check websites of UCLA, Children's Hospital La and OC, and others more. Google it, I'm sure you'll see it.
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    Quote from Dumplins
    keep an eye out for what the hospital's criteria is qualifying you as a "new grad". some say it has to be less than 6 months from your graduation date. some say you have to have less than 12 months of work experience as an RN. it varies.

    i recently got declined of a residency. they were looking for december2011 graduates only and i graduated august 2011....
    i asked them if there was any way they could make an exception. didnt work out...
    Now that I think about it, I doubt I'll get in. I've been a grad since 09, but no paid RN job as of yet. However, I've been offered already a full time job, so if I take that, then I won't be able to take the residency programs. It would've been good to jumpstart my career though, but any paying job I'll take right now. Anyway, I called the hospital with the residency... They said they received 400+ applications but will only be accepting 10. I'm like, "OMG." Lol


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