UCLA Graduate Nurse Residency or......???

  1. Hello,
    I just got an offer at UCLA medical center as a new grad. I'm wondering if anyone has been through the new grad program at UCLA. Anyone is currently in this one-year program? Please share with me your experience. Any advise or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edit by Georgetown on Nov 13, '07
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  3. by   okikuma
    UCLA Medical Center actively hires new grads. Their New Grad Program is fantastic. UCLA Medical Center is listed a the best hospital West of the Mississippi and third in the nation.

    As a new grad, you will learn much about patient care and you will experience all the new and cutting edge medical proceedures. Remember, UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital. You'd be working with Interns, Residents, Fellows.

    UCLA Midecial center receives the most ill patients that other hospitals either don't want to take, or can not take because of the illness and acuity level. You will not receive more than 5 patients and often times just 4 patients. Still the patient load with 5 can be pretty heavy.

    Most nurses stay at UCLA Medical Center for 2 years and then move on to another hospital. I've been told by independent nursing recruiters that if a new nurse starts their new grad residency at UCLA and then moves onto another hospital after 2 years, most hospitals will offer that "2 year old nurse" a much higher salary and other nurses with 2 years experience. It's because of UCLA's reputation of having the best and most competent nurses.

    I hope this helps
  4. by   swtrn
    Hi, May I ask what floor/unit you received an offer from? I have heard only good things about UCLA Medical Center. They also have the highest starting pay for nurses in the county from my own research so far. Congrats!
  5. by   naz220
    Here is a job posting for new grads at UCLA: