RN Residency

***UPDATE – November 21, 2017***

Our RN New Grad Residency Spring Cohort is scheduled to begin on March 12, 2018. It is an 18-week comprehensive education and training program designed specifically to transition newly-graduated Registered Nurses from students to safe, competent, and professional health care practitioners.

You must have your California RN license by February 15, 2018, to be considered for this cohort. Those without California licensure may be considered for the Summer 2018 cohort.

We will consider New Grad RNs in the following units: Cardio Vascular ICU/Acute Cardiac Unit, Medical Care Unit/Medical Pulmonary Unit, Medical Behavioral Unit, PICU, NICU, and Surgical Care Unit.

We will accept online applications for the 2018 Spring Cohort from Monday, November 6, 2017, through Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 5:00 pm.

Please indicate clearly and prominently at the top of your cover letter your First and your Second choices of departments for consideration. Only BSN or MSN graduates from an accredited school are being considered at this time. Please note that due to the enormous amount of interest in our Residency, we are unfortunately not able to respond to individual inquiries. Thank you for your interest in Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, and I look forward to reviewing your application!

Below is some information based on questions that we have received regarding our New Graduate RN Residency.

Do you hire RN New Grads outside of the Residency?
No, we do not. Our Residency Program is specifically tailored to enhance the experience of the New Graduate RN. The Residency is for genuine new graduate nurses - those who have less than six months of nursing experience. We do periodically offer training into specialty areas for RNs with 3 to 5 years of current nursing experience, including New to Pediatrics, New to NICU, and New to Pediatric ED. Please access our website for details.

Do you have Nurse Externships available?
We are not currently offering externships.

Can I receive a tour of the hospital?
We are sorry, but we are unable to fulfill New Grad tour requests at this time. If you are granted an interview, you should be able to receive a mini-tour from the department leadership at the time of your interview.  Unfortunately, we are also unable to accommodate requests for job shadowing opportunities.

What can I do to increase my chances of being considered?
Having experience in pediatrics as a nursing assistant or a nurse extern is helpful, as are clinical rotations or leadership and capstone rotations in pediatrics, especially in the specialty area where you wish to be considered (NICU, ED, Medical, etc.). BSN or MSN graduates only are being considered at this time.  It is also helpful to already have BLS, NRP, and/or PALS or PEARS - depending on the area where you're interested in working.  Involvement in a professional organization reflecting the area of interest is also valuable.  Please be aware that positions in our New Grad RN Residency Program are very limited, and since we receive an extremely large number of applicants, unfortunately we are unable to interview every applicant.  We will only consider applicants who’ve graduated from nursing school within 12 months prior to the residency start date.

Do I need reference letters?
Any recommendation or reference letters can be brought to the interview. They should be addressed to "To Whom It May Concern". Most candidates have two to three references letters.  Selected applicants will be asked to complete a Skill Survey reference profile.

Must I have my California RN License before I apply?
No, but you must have your license prior to the start of the Residency, in order to be considered. Please remember that it can take quite some time for the California BRN to process NCLEX ATT dates, or to transfer licensure from another state. Please note that we are unable to consider Interim Permits.

It’s not just caring about children that make our nurses so special. It’s our dedication to specialized training and sensitivity that is perfected by caring for our youngsters 100 percent of the time. At Rady Children’s, you’ll receive the support you need to make the successful transition from nursing student to professional nurse.

Additional benefits of this paid RN residency include:

  • Generous shift differentials beginning at completion of the Resident Training Program
  • Retirement plan, including tax-deferred savings
  • Comprehensive, flexible employee benefits package
  • Paid Leave and Sick Leave accruals beginning your first day of work