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UCSD Medical Center New Grad Program January 2012

Just wanted to start a thread for UCSD's New Program. Feel free to post any updates or news :)

MsNewGradRN

Has 8 years experience. Specializes in Urgent Care and Pediatrics.

Hi everyone! I also applied to UCSD's New Grad program! What positions did you apply to? I applied for NICU and L&D! Does anyone know their timeframes for emails/call-backs!?

Good luck to everyone :lol2:

last time i applied...i never got any emails/call backs because what i was told the positions went to internals first. so i'm hoping it's not he same way this time around...

MsNewGradRN

Has 8 years experience. Specializes in Urgent Care and Pediatrics.

last time i applied...i never got any emails/call backs because what i was told the positions went to internals first. so i'm hoping it's not he same way this time around...

Hmm...that's interesting!! What do you mean by internals!? Peope who already worked there or did!? Or externs!? Just curious because I use to work there as an LVN before I got my RN out in Arizona and I'm hoping to get back into the UCSD system with my preferential rehire status, not even sure that will help but, hey it's a shot I guess!!

I applied to all of these new grad postings - IMU, PCU, NICU, L&D, and Family Care Center. I don't have experience in women's health, but thought it wouldn't hurt to apply. All of my statuses are application received, except for Family Care Center, which said others were more competitive.

@MsNewGradRN - Internals are those who currently work in the medical center whether it be a CNA, ward clerk, etc.

Hopefully, we hear back from them soon!

Also, does anyone know how the hiring/interview process goes here?

I applied to all but NICU. All of mine say application received. I am not sure how long it will take for them to look over all those apps. There's probably over a thousand overall.

I'm trying to remember whether it was UCSD or UC Davis that asked for out GPA during the application process...anyone remember?

Hello,

Thank you Goldenstate for making a new thread! I applied to LnD, NICU, and Fam. Mat.. On Nov. 18th my status for LnD changed to 'referred to hiring department', but the other two still say 'application received'. Because I moved forward in LnD I was unsure if I should still call to check on my status (as I said I would call on 11/22 on my cover letter) but I called 4 different HR #'s and all went to an answering machine. I did not leave a message because I'm sure they have received tons of calls from new grads. If anyone gets any information regarding the call/interview time frames it would be much appreciated if you'd share :)

Hi everyone, I applied to the PCU and IMU. I got an email yesterday and have an interview scheduled for the PCU next week. My status hasn't changed for IMU. Good luck all :)

App status for NICU changed to Referred to Hiring Department on 11/22. I'm not sure how long that lasts...

bluechick112

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Oncology/Hematology.

Best of luck, everyone! I saw another thread that said people had their interviews scheduled a couple of weeks ago! Yeesh. I'm curious how many people applied since I received an e-mail that over 1,100 people applied to Scripps!

Hmm...that's interesting!! What do you mean by internals!? Peope who already worked there or did!? Or externs!? Just curious because I use to work there as an LVN before I got my RN out in Arizona and I'm hoping to get back into the UCSD system with my preferential rehire status, not even sure that will help but, hey it's a shot I guess!!

Internals are the people who are currently working at UCSD and want to change their specialities.

Also, does anyone know how the hiring/interview process goes here?

First your application goes to HR and if someone likes it, it gets referred to the departments they think you are qualified for. It's the individual departments who decide who they finally want to interview. The interview was a panel for me with department head, charge nurses, and floor nurses. It can or cannot be a long process (but not as bad as UCLA) When I applied for oncology I had recently graduated, May 2010, and had two externships in oncology. The first time I applied, I didn't even get out of HR. The second time I applied I got notified that they referred me on to the next level. Then I got notified that they did not choose me to go further. About three weeks later I got a call and they wanted to know if I was still interested, I was and got an interview. Thought the interview went pretty well but "blew" one question. After two tries I applied to Loma Linda University Medical ( available positions are listed as "Clinical Nurse B positons,not as "new grad" )where they interviewed 8 people and took all of us. After 8 months there I reapplied at UCSD and immediately got an interview and hired within one week(Aug) Third time's the charm. An interesting fact is I am the only nurse on my floor from the area; there are nurses from North Carolina, Boston, Chicago, Arizona, San Francisco, etc. Competition is tough but keep trying, it is definitely a great hospital.

Hi guys, I got a call yesterday from the nurse manager, and I have a interview next week...I am really nervous cause I really want this job, can anyone please share their experience with interview questions. I have been reading older posts and people have said the questions are hard and not your typical questions. I am pretty sure it will be a panel interview, but I am just wondering if they ask more of the situational type of questions. Any advice please!!!

Hi guys, I got a call yesterday from the nurse manager, and I have a interview next week...I am really nervous cause I really want this job, can anyone please share their experience with interview questions. I have been reading older posts and people have said the questions are hard and not your typical questions. I am pretty sure it will be a panel interview, but I am just wondering if they ask more of the situational type of questions. Any advice please!!!

Congrats! Which dept/unit did you apply to?

ALSO, does anyone know the starting pay for New Grads in the UCSD program. A previous (2008) post said 31.50 w/ no differential for degree. Does anyone have an updated amount?

Each department varies their questions. but there are the standard questions. Why do you want to work here, what can you offer us, your strengths and weaknesses, etc. I didn't get any medical situation questions, however, they asked questions about how you would handle problems with a difficult doctor, nurse, etc. That was the question I "blew" in my first round of interviews. What they don't want to hear is that you go to your charge nurse if there is a problem with another nurse. They want you to work our your own problems whenever possible. The panel is also very interested in if you are a "fit" for their floor- so personality is very important. Make sure you know the mission statement and have a good idea of what it means to be a "Magnet hospital" since they are really close to gaining this recognition. In my case they also asked me what kinds of specific medical experiences I had worked with already, i.e. admitting patients, administering meds, charting, etc. Just be yourself. When I got hired in August it was because they liked me as a person and of coarse my externships and experience helped. Good Luck!

Congrats! Which dept/unit did you apply to?

ALSO, does anyone know the starting pay for New Grads in the UCSD program. A previous (2008) post said 31.50 w/ no differential for degree. Does anyone have an updated amount?

I started in August and my pay is approximately $34 with differentials only for nights, weekends, and holidays. Fridays count as weekends too. I have my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and did go into the job with 8 months experience from Loma Linda University Medical Center. Keep in mind, if you get the job or should I say when, there are a lot of deductions from your pay. ( Tax, Union Dues, Disability, Insurance, mandatory retirement account, and you do have to pay for your parking )

thank you soooo much Persistancepays for all of your advice....you are so sweet and kind to help...in case anyone else is wondering I applied for IMU and PCU. I have an interview for IMU. Wish me luck, I am nervous, but I have been preparing myself and I am ready for this! Fingers crossed!!

BTW persistancepays which unit did you get hired for?

thank you soooo much Persistancepays for all of your advice....you are so sweet and kind to help...in case anyone else is wondering I applied for IMU and PCU. I have an interview for IMU. Wish me luck, I am nervous, but I have been preparing myself and I am ready for this! Fingers crossed!!

BTW persistancepays which unit did you get hired for?

I'm working in oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant unit but we get all kinds of patients...it's 3 west.

Good Luck!

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