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  1. mcgRN

    ABSN Program for Non-Nursing Majors

    I graduated from a CSU Northridge's ABSN program and what has been said is true. Volunteer in a hospital to show your commitment (and this is also helpful later for job hunting) and if you can, get straight As in your prerequisites. Most ABSN programs require an essay on why you want to go into nursing, and this is a big factor in how they admit students to the program. I highly suggest looking into the CSU's ABSN programs as they are cheap but credible. Good luck!
  2. mcgRN

    Relief Nurse Los Angeles County

    Congratulations! I've also accepted a position for LA County as a new grad but for the Registered Nurse I position. I believe Relief Nurse is part-time, temporary, and the maximum hours you can work is 32 hours per week. On the other hand, Registered Nurse I is a full-time, permanent position but of course, you really get to be permanent after passing the probationary period.
  3. mcgRN

    CSUN ABSN Program

    Hello SABCAL! It's been tough finding a job as a new grad RN here in California. As of right now, out of the 20 who graduated from my cohort, about 12 are working as RNs in an acute care setting. Add to that 4 who currently have offers (which includes me) and about to start this fall, also in an acute care setting. It is really tough, but not impossible. Volunteering in the hospital of your choice helps, it gets you at least an interview which can also be difficult to get since there are usually a few hundred applying for a limited number of spots. Having previous healthcare experience also helps from what I noticed. And of course, connections and networking! All of those things I didn't have so it took me this long to finally land a job. There are few hospitals hiring new grads without going through a program, unless you've been working there as a CNA, monitor tech or unit secretary. However, LA County hires plenty of new grads for their RN 1 position, which is the offer I got recently. I highly suggest creating a profile in their website so you can get alerts for RN 1 posts. Good luck!
  4. mcgRN

    CSUN ABSN Program

    I am a recent graduate and was accepted 2 years ago. GPA from my first degree is 3.67, GPA from prerequisites is 4.0, and zero medical-related volunteer/work experience. I think they give a lot of weight to your essay as I imagine a lot of applicants have above-average GPAs. Also, those who have experience as a CNA or EMT have a big advantage. Volunteering can also make you stand out as well. Good luck!
  5. mcgRN

    CSUN ABSN 2014

    I agree, a GPA of under 3.8 does not exclude you from being considered into the program. I had a 3.67 from my previous degree, 4.0 from prerequisites, and zero volunteer experience but was able to get into the program. A strong, narrative essay depicting your story about why you want to become a nurse is really important in the selection process. Good luck!