Advice for getting accepted into a Pediatric new grad program

  1. Hello!

    I am really just looking for advice, feedback, opinions, or anything you would be willing to offer. I am currently in a second degree nursing program with a dream of working in Pediatrics. I live in San Diego and am completing my degree here and there are only a couple options for Pediatric New grad programs. Those options are Rady's and CHOC (I would be willing to make the commute every day to OC, I want this more than anything.) Sometimes there are some opening at Sharp and UCSD for NICU positions too.

    I am still early in my schooling, but I like to be prepared! Could anyone offer advice on how to build my resume for these new grad programs? I am hoping to get an externship once that time in my schooling comes, but I want to be as strong of a candidate as possible. Do hiring panels place a lot of value on volunteer work in pediatric settings? It looks like it would be difficult to find any paid work in pediatrics right now, but I am willing to be a penny-pincher if volunteering is all I can do! Unfortunately I do not have a great network here in San Diego, but I would love to hear ANY advice anyone has!! These programs are so competitive and I want to give myself every opportunity to strengthen my chances.

    Thank you so much!