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What does UCI look for in New Grad RNs?

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I have been applying for Clinical Nurse I positions at UCI and not a single interview yet! Anyone working for UCI or had success through their hiring process have any insight as to what they might be looking for in new grad RNs? I graduated 3 months ago; What should I be doing to enhance my chances at landing a RN position? Thanks in advance, any feedback is super helpful! :)

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

What should I be doing to enhance my chances at landing a RN position?
If you're referring to UC Irvine, you need to differentiate yourself apart from the 2,500 other new grad RNs across southern California who are submitting applications there.

Do you have ACLS certification? PALS certification? BLS certification? If not, obtain all three certifications promptly.

Also, are you applying to positions outside the exalted acute care hospital setting? Be cognizant that the hospital HR departments in southern CA are so inundated with applicants that you might not be receiving any calls unless there's something that sets your application apart from the masses.

Good luck to you!

^^ Yes I am referring to UC Irvine. I have my ACLS/PALS/EKG/NRP certs. I also just enrolled in a course through coursera.org. I haven't applied to positions outside acute care settings for fear of being stuck there and also since long term care does not count as acute care, I feel like it will be hard to get an acute care position later on.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I haven't applied to positions outside acute care settings for fear of being stuck there and also since long term care does not count as acute care, I feel like it will be hard to get an acute care position later on.
Then prepare to be unemployed for a long time. As a new grad with no bargaining chips in southern California, you cannot afford to turn your nose up at home health, hospice, psychiatric facilities, physical rehab, prisons, group homes, or other employers that would be more welcoming to new nurses.