***New Grad positions are generally posted 1-2 months prior to our New Grad Residency Program start dates. Our New Grad Residency Programs are offered in January, April, July and October.To view our current openings please visit our career site at
UC San Diego Medical Center New Grad programs focus on adult specialty areas:
- Ortho/Neuro/Surgical/Post Trauma
- Labor & Delivery and Infant Special Care
- Critical Care & Intermediate Units
We hire on an as-needed basis year round, and frequent peaks allow for education and didactic coordination. As a result, we always welcome applications from New Grads and experienced RNs eager to change their area of interest. For New Grads (RN's with less than 6 months of RN experience) our New Grad Programs are offered in January, April, July and October. The New Grad Program includes a computerized, Web-based learning program for Surgical ICU, Med/Surg, Labor & Delivery, and Infant Special Care. There is also a unit-based learning component in the specific unit. For RN's with more than 6 months of RN experience who are interested in changing their area of expertise, please apply to any CNII position on our website at
Educational opportunities include reduced program fees in continuing education courses offered by UC San Diego Extension Program. Your UC benefits will pay two-thirds of your education and graduate work undertaken at our sister campuses at UCLA, UCI and UCSF Schools of Nursing.
As part of the University of California, UC San Diego offers one of the most comprehensive benefit packages in the San Diego area. You can choose from a variety of health, dental and vision plan options for eligible employees and family members. Includes three weeks of paid vacation, an average of twelve days of sick leave, and thirteen paid holidays a year for full-time employees.
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New Grad FAQ's:
When are your New Grad programs?
Our New Grad program is held four times a year beginning in January, April, July and October. We have a New Grad program in virtually every unit with the exceptions of the Operating Room, PACU and Psychiatry. UC San Diego Medical Center has two locations with New Grad opportunities at both facilities. The UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a 386 bed facility and is the home to our Level I Emergency Room, step down Intermediate Unit (IMU), Burn Center, Surgical ICU/Trauma, Critical Care Unit, and several adult Medical/Surgical units such as Infectious Disease, Liver/Kidney Transplant, Ortho/Trauma, and Medsurg/Tele. All of our Women’s Services to include Labor and Delivery, NICU, and the Birth Center, are located at our Hillcrest facility and their New Grad programs begin only in January and July. Our Thornton Hospital holds 119 beds and is located in La Jolla, which is 15 minutes north of the Hillcrest Medical Center. Thornton has New Grad opportunities in the IMU, ICU, Med/Surg, Telemetry, BMT/Oncology and Emergency care.
***New Grad positions are generally posted 1-2 months prior to our New Grad Residency Program start dates. Our New Grad Residency Programs are offered in January, April, July and October. To view our current openings please visit our career site at
What is the duration of the program?
The program is 12 weeks of preceptorship from experienced staff with ongoing support and training throughout the first year from clinical nurses, educators and nurse managers. When you are hired into our New Grad program you will also participate in our
Nurse Residency program run by our Education, Development, and Research Department, which is designed to support the transition from student to professional and competent nurse.
When should I apply and what documents do I need for the initial application?
We typically post new grad RN positions about 2 months prior to the start of the program. For example, if you are interested in the July program, you should look for positions to be posted in early to mid May. All you will need is a complete and updated resume, a completed application online and a cover letter is optional. Any additional information such as references, transcripts, or letters of recommendation can be used during the interview period.
Can I apply before I obtain my RN license?
Yes, you can apply before you have your license and also before you graduate. However you must have your license and degree by your hire date. Some units will hire those who have their Interim Permit, but it is best to have your RN license.
Who qualifies for the New Grad program?
A new graduate nurse with less than six months of US or foreign nursing experience. If you have more than 6 months of RN experience please apply to any of the regular staff RN (CNII) positions online.
How do I apply and if I am currently living in another state can I still apply?
Anyone living in the US can apply and you apply HERE . Click on job search and then the category called New Grad Nurses. All new grads apply to the jobs with posting titled “New Grad" and the unit specific name. For example: "New Grad-Burn ICU".
Do you accept faxed/emailed resumes?
No, everything must be submitted online HERE
Do you offer a sign-on and/or relocation bonus?
We do not offer a relocation bonus or sign on bonuses at this time.
Does your facility have a tuition assistance or loan repayment program?
UC San Diego does not specifically have a program and unfortunately no longer qualifies for the Nurse CORPS Federal Loan Repayment program. UC San Diego does offer scholarships during the year for school tuition and certifications.
Do you sponsor foreign nurses?
Unfortunately at this time UC San Diego Medical Center does not offer sponsorship.
Can you tell me about your pay for a New Grad RN?
Our nurses are members of the California Nurses Association and therefore our pay rates are on a step grade pay scale based strictly on years of experience. Also, we offer evening, night, weekend and on-call differential. Please call to get more specific information on our current pay rates by calling Human Resources at 619-543-3200.
Does your facility offer salary differential for an Associate’s degree vs. a Bachelor’s?
No UC San Diego Health pays the same for BSN and ADN candidates.
Are you hosting any open houses at your facility?
We do not host open houses at our facility however we do attend local job fairs and also major nursing conferences across the nation.
Are you a designated Magnet hospital?
Yes, UC San Diego Health recently became a Magnet hospital.
What information do you have on housing?
Our main medical center is located in Hillcrest and a few surrounding neighborhoods are Mission Hills, University Heights and Mission Valley. Thornton Hospital and the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center are located in La Jolla and close residential areas include University City, Pacific Beach, and Mira Mesa.
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