Torrance Memorial New Graduate RN Residency

Questions and Answers about Torrance Memorial’s RN Residency

Updated 1-13-17

When is the next new grad RN residency?
Our next residency will start March 9, 2017. The following cohort will be sometime later in the Fall.

When and how do I apply?
We are now accepting applications for the position of “New Graduate RN.” If you are contacted by Human Resources (via phone) for an interview, you will need to present 1) at least one letter of recommendation from a recent clinical instructor, 2) at least one letter of personal reference, 3) your current BLS card issued by the American Heart Association with an expiration date of March 2018 or beyond, and 4) sealed, official school transcripts or if these are not available yet, an unofficial set. An RN license is not needed to apply for a position but if an offer of employment is made, a California RN license must be posted on the BRN web site before the cohort starts. We will consider interim permits on a case-by-case basis. Applications are automatically disqualified if the “general information” questions are incomplete so carefully review your work. You will receive a computer-generated confirmation once your information has been received. Please be patient for us to reply to you if there is interest.

What nursing areas are available?
We anticipate openings in Orthopedics, Bariatrics, Med-Surg Renal, Med-Surg GYN, Telemetry (“PCU”), ICU, Burn ICU, Oncology, and Mother-Baby.

What qualifications do I need?
Recent graduates with a completed BSN or MSN are welcome to apply. While an RN license is not needed to submit an application, if a position is offered, a California RN license must be posted on the BRN web site before our start date. We will consider interim permits on a case-by-case basis. It could be to your advantage to obtain an interim permit. You also need to have a current American Heart Association BLS card with an expiration date of March 2018 or beyond.

What is the schedule?
The residency is an 18 week, paid program that requires a full-time commitment and much flexibility on your part with scheduling. It does not include time off to take vacations. Your schedule will include working weekends and if you accept a night shift position, working nights.

What's a typical week like for an RN resident?
On any given week, residents are scheduled to attend a block of "core" classes. Core classes are those lectures that apply to all residents regardless of their unit of hire, e.g., blood administration, evidence-based practice, diabetes management. Residents will also be scheduled to attend unit-specific classes, e.g., care of the ventilated patient (ICU residents), or care of the shoulder surgery patient (Orthopedics residents). Our goal is to give you a structured classroom-based education that supports your clinical experiences with the majority of your time being spent on your unit. (Residents hired for the night shift are scheduled so that they can attend the daytime classes.) At various times in the residency, a typical week will also include a group support session. These "debriefing" sessions give residents a comfortable and confidential setting to discuss any issues of importance with a skilled facilitator. Periodically, your schedule could include brief observational visits to related departments, e.g., Emergency Department, Cath Lab. This exposure gives you a broader perspective of what occurs in other departments and the collaboration between them.

What will the residency do for me?
Our residency is a great way to transition from the role of student nurse to professional nurse. During the 18 week, full-time paid residency you receive classes, precepted clinical time, observation time on related units, and group support meetings - all of which support you in your new career. This residency will give you confidence, competence, safety, and good friendships, too!

Do you offer a sign-on and/or relocation bonus?
We do not offer a sign-on nor relocation bonus for the RN Residency.

Do you have any suggestions for new grads?
We encourage new grads to keep an open mind to various employment opportunities. Joining professional nursing organizations is a good way to network as is volunteering. Now might be a good time to pursue your BSN or MSN. We wish you the best of luck! Remember, too, to take care of yourself with healthy stress-relieving activities!