Nursing Career Development Opportunities
At Southern California Hospitals, we are committed to training the healthcare providers of today and tomorrow. If you are starting your nursing career or looking for opportunities to enhance your skill set, we have educational and professional development programs for you.
New Graduate Registered Nurse (RN) Residency Program
The New Graduate Registered Nurse (RN) Residency Program is an evidence-based and structured program built upon a competency-based framework, designed to address the challenges faced by newly licensed RNs as they make transition to professional practice. This program helps to effectively close the academic-to-practice gap so that we can retain safe, competent, and confident nurses who are prepared to continue their professional growth.
See "Helping Nurses Make the Leap from School to Real-World Practice" below.
The New Graduate RN Residency Program is a full-time employment opportunity that requires a two-year commitment. The program is 12 months, beginning with 9-10 weeks of intensive clinical practice, followed by ongoing monthly sessions designed to build upon what the nurse resident is experiencing in clinical practice.
We provide a cohort experience to allow for support, shared experiences, reflective practice opportunities and socialization as new graduate RNs acclimate to their professional role. Support is also provided by preceptors, unit leadership and educators during the program.
Requirements to qualify for the New Graduate RN Residency Program:
- Licensure: Current, active and unencumbered California registered nurse license prior to starting the program
- Education: Graduate from an accredited nursing program within the last 12-14 months; associate degree in nursing (ADN) or BS in nursing (BSN) preferred
- Certification: Current and active Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association
- Experience: Less than 12 months of acute care hospital-based experience as a licensed RN prior to starting the program
- Two-year employment commitment
Interested in applying for our RN residency program? Submit your application through our career portal.
Nursing Educational Opportunities and Resources
We offer a variety of educational opportunities and resources to support the continuous learning needs and professional development of our nurses:
- Preceptor development and education
- Nurse leader academy
- Charge nurse development
- Transitional practice programs in medical/surgical, telemetry, step-down and critical care
- Unlimited access to more than 1,800 CE courses in our CE Center (HealthStream)
- Access to courses in our HealthStream Learning Management System
- Formal education programs
- Orientation programs for experienced nurses in a variety of clinical areas
Helping Nurses Make the Leap from School to Real-World Practice
Southern California Hospital at Culver City is aiming to smooth the transition of new nursing graduates into real-world practice by with the creation of a New Grad Nurse Residency, which launched in 2020. The year-long program places new nurses under the wing of experienced nurses and educators.
“Our new grad nurses come in with so much energy and excitement, and we want to provide them with the skill set needed to maintain a high quality of care,” said Jessica Dela Rosa, clinical education director. “Patients feel that joy, and it improves the environment for the healing process to take place.”
The program accepts new graduates from nursing school or nurses who have worked outside of an acute care setting for less than six months. So far, 57 nurses have completed the residency, with a new cohort set to begin in mid-November 2020.
For the first three months, nurses attend weekly class while working on the floor of medical-surgical or telemetry units. Under the guidance of a seasoned veteran registered nurse, they can debrief about experiences in their respective units, ask questions, and learn how to better handle any tough situations. It gives the new grads an opportunity to reflect on their work with a mentor present to offer advice and recommendations.
The remainder of the residency includes a monthly 4-hour seminar where Dela Rosa and her team of educators teach the most advanced and abstract concepts in nursing. Topics include evidence-based practice, professional development, and the nursing ethics. All educators have a master’s degree at minimum, and some also have a doctorate-level degree.
“We set our standards high, and we want to challenge the clinical staff that we work with to rise to the occasion,” she said. “My team is driven to empower nurses and help them continue advancing in their careers.”
Recently, Dela Rosa and her colleagues have revised the New Grad Nurse Residency for medical-surgical and telemetry nurses to give them additional learning opportunities. It now includes hands-on skills labs where they can practice common core nursing skills like starting an IV and inserting a Foley catheter. Throughout six sessions, the new grads simulate these bedside procedures under the watchful eye of an educator, who can close any gaps in knowledge.
In addition, the residency has incorporated a buddy program that partners a new grad with a more experienced nurse. Dela Rosa and her team identify nurses who demonstrate leadership skills and are willing to mentor incoming grads. If the new grads have any questions or concerns—ranging from how to obtain a parking permit to any patient-related issues—they always have someone to turn to.
“We do our best to partner new grads with someone they can train with and follow, someone who really cares, so they don’t ever feel like they are alone,” said Dela Rosa. “It promotes engagement of the new staff, makes them feel more welcome, and instills a sense of belonging.”