New Grad Positions

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Hi Everyone,

I am currently a senior nursing student at the Univeristy of Southern California and will graduate in May. I plan on moving to Northern Ca.(East Bay/Bay Area)after graduation and was wondering if anyone knew of any New Grad programs in the area. My aspiration is to go into Critical Care. I appreciate and am looking forward to any info.

Thank you



i graduate in may with my BSN also, and am hoping to go straight into critical care/ER. I have been going crazy looking for orientation programs for new grads in this area. so far, i have found an excellent orientation program for level one trauma centers taking new grads in conneticut and texas. I'm from massachusetts and haven't found anything around here yet. I am actually driving down to conneticut on tues to speak to the nurse recruiter there. i know you are planning on staying in california, but if you want the info on the programs i found, just to give you an idea what's out there, i will be glad to help. good luck in your search. the programs are out there, you just got to search for them. my email address is [email protected] if you have any questions

Originally posted by angelm97m:

Hi anglem97m,

I start nursing school next fall in Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University). I too want to go into the ICU after graduation. I have heard that the Medical College of Virginia (major teaching hospital in Richmond, VA) is in a crunch for ICU nurses and that they are training new grads. I am not sure about this though. I do now for a fact that Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida has a new graduate program in the ICU. You are obligated to work for the hospital for 18 months after completion of the program. Let me now if you find any more programs (anywhere in the US). Good luck.


It seems like all the big hospitals offer New Grad positions in specialized areas. Try UCSF, UCDMC, Stanford, etc. I'm sure you will have luck. The new grad programs are much desired - so be prepared for competition. You'll need to stand out from the rest. Good luck with your relocation and job searching.

Hello all!

I just graduated from a Community College ADN program 12/13 and am seeking the pros and cons of seeking a job before taking Boards or holding off until I actually have my License in my hand.

What do you "veteran" nurses suggest.

Besides the ADN-RN degree, I hold a Bachelors in Business and Education.

Are there any jobs you would suggest looking towards with this background?

I will be 33 years old on Christmas and I am leaning toward Oncology/Pediatric Oncology nursing at the moment but am open to any suggestions offered.

I would love to hear from the people out there that know the "real deal".

I look forward to your input.

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You can get a job as a new grad just about anywhere. What I would recommend is choosing a hospital whose employees seem happy. Ask around, maybe spend a day on the unit. Also, make sure they have an adequate orientation phase. You DO NOT want to be thrown out there on your own before you are ready.

If you are interested in going to San Jacinto area as a new grad, I may have some information that could help you. They are offering training in M/S and the units. Email me at [email protected]

I am just about done with an LPN/RN transition program,(I never worked as an LPN..just went from school to school)and live in Miami. Our shortage is big done here and a new grad can almost apply anywhere and get an internship of their choice. I have already been offered a Critical Care internship program with a major teaching hospital that has a union, great starting pay and fantastic tuition reimbursement bene's. I've learned that if critical care, ER or another specialty is your desire as a new grad be careful to ask the right questions about their program before accepting a postion. You may endanger your license or risk burn-out right from the start if you don't! Questions like; How long is the training program, ( for critical care or ER it should be at least 12 weeks and even then you will want a preceptor to follow you until you and they are absolutely sure you are ready to be released on your own) I've heard of some programs that let you out on your own after 8 weeks without a preceptor and those new grads running for the hills in fear or burn out. Text book theory and clinicals skills from school are not enough, the real schooling begins on the job! The bottom line is don't be afraid to ask many questions during your interview as you have the advantage........they need you!

Have you tried looking at the ads in Nurseweek? They have lots of ads for new grad programs. I found my first "nursing" job through an ad in Nurseweek.Good luck.

Ps- The hospital web is another good site if you are looking to work in certain geographic locale:

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