Recent Graduates
New Grad Programs
Supporting professional growth and advancement of newly graduated registered nurses

Several programs exist at MemorialCare for newly graduated registered nurses.

Saddleback Medical Center is committed to supporting your professional growth and advancement as a newly graduated registered nurse. The New Graduate RN Program provides the tools and experiences you’ll need as you transition from your school studies into real-life nursing environments. The Program begins with 2 weeks of hospital and new graduate orientation followed by one-to-one preceptor training on the new graduate’s unit of hire.  Expert registered nurses and clinicians facilitate the program with an emphasis on critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, team communication, effective pain management, evidence-based practice, patient safety, and simulation lab experience including mock codes, and professional career development.  

Orange Coast Medical Center assists the new graduate nurse in building a firm foundation in the physiological and psychosocial care of the hospitalized patient. The program’s focus is on the transition of the novice nurse into professional nursing practice and is based upon Patricia Benner’s theoretical framework “From Novice to Expert”. The program is designed to support the new graduate nurse throughout their first year of employment and beyond. The yearlong program is offered two to three times a year, typically beginning in the months of March, July and September. 

Long Beach Memorial and Miller Women’s and Children’s Hospital are highly committed to new graduate RNs, their onboarding and integration into the nursing service and the health care team.  The hospitals hire over 150 new graduate RNs each year to supplement the RN workforce of 2000.  The resident is assigned a dedicated preceptor. A preceptor is a knowledgeable, specially trained RN, who ensures that the resident moves through increasing competencies until they are able to take an independent patient assignment. Weekly assessment sessions help to individualize the orientation for each resident. New graduates can also be accepted directly into a specialty training programs for pediatrics, adult ICU, Neonatal ICU and other specialized units. Following the individualize preceptorship, new RNs meet on a quarterly basis with a facilitator to review concepts of team work, collaboration, understanding the work of other disciplines, the concepts of care model re-design, and problem solving. 

New Graduate Residency Programs

Long Beach Medical Center:

Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach:

Orange Coast Medical Center:

Saddleback Medical Center:

2021 cohort dates to be posted soon!

*Department participation and volume of openings will be determined at time of job posting. All dates are subject to change. 

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