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New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program

The New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program at UC San Diego Health is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. 

The program is multi-faceted and designed to support our New Grads with a comprehensive transition-to-practice experience through enhanced clinical learning, encouragement of peer to peer support, as well as an introduction to the professional development resources UC San Diego Health offers. The program includes:

  • New Employee Orientation (NEO)

    The New Graduate Nurse attends four 8 hour days of organizational orientation. NEO included "Leading the Way", UC Services, Epic training, Point of Care training and on-line learning activities.

  • Nurse Residency Program (NRP)

    The UC San Diego Nurse Residency Program is designed to support the transition from student to professional nurse through education, mentorship and peer support. The Program prepares new graduate nurses to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve quality and safety. 

    The Nurse Residency Program’s curriculum is based the latest evidence and supports our Magnet Recognition. Participants benefit from classroom instruction, patient simulation activities, hands-on skill training and much more. Seven, 4 hour classes are held over a six month period and are facilitated by our incredible NRP dream team.

  • Preceptorship/Unit-based Orientation

    Preceptorship is a minimum of 3 months or greater. Preceptors are trained in competency validation. Meetings with unit manager, CNS and/or Educator occur within the orientation period to evaluate progress, assess learning needs and address any needed remediation

  • Division Specific Education

    New Graduate Nurses hired into specialty areas will attend classes to address population specific and level of care learning needs.

  • Nurse Engagement and Retention

    New Graduate Nurses are invited to attend milestone celebration events, nurse specific appreciation events and has access to our Nurse Engagement and Retention Specialist.

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Additional Benefits

Educational opportunities include reduced program fees in continuing education courses offered by https://extension.ucsd.edu/. 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, 80 hours of paid education hours and thirteen paid holidays a year for full-time employees.

Hiring Information

Hiring of new graduate nurses occurs three times a year.  

  • December-January
  • May-June
  • August-September

Search for our open new grad positions at http://jobs.ucsd.edu/ 

For further information check out our  New Grad FAQ's

Program Goals

  • Develop reflective behaviors to enhance learning and professional development
  • Support commitment to the nursing profession
  • Develop critical thinking and critical decision making
  • Develop meaningful relationships with other new graduate nurses and support each other during the transition process
  • Prepare new graduate nurses to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety at UC San Diego Health.
  • Maintain low new graduate nurse turnover rate
  • Promote overall confidence and satisfaction with the new grad's on-boarding experience