Updated 10-10-19

When does your next New Graduate RN Residency start?

We anticipate our next residency to start in July 2020. More information about an Open House and the application process will be posted a few months before then. Please keep checking back in case things change!

What will Torrance Memorial’s RN Residency do for me?

Our residency is a great way to safely transition from the role of student nurse to professional nurse. During the 24 week, full-time paid residency you receive classes, one-to-one precepted clinical time, observation time on related units, and group support meetings - all of which help you in your new career. This residency will give you confidence, competence, and good friendships, too!

What else should I know about Torrance Memorial?

Torrance Memorial is an excellent place to work with friendly, talented, and dedicated staff who support new grads. Our Lundquist Tower is beautiful and modern. We are Magnet designated and an independent, locally governed medical center. We love our new grads and see the 24 week residency as a valuable investment in our future. You will quickly feel a caring atmosphere here and realize that at Torrance Memorial, you are a part of something bigger!

Do you have any suggestions for a New Grad’s job search?

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 to take care of yourself with healthy stress-relieving activities!

Do I need to have my RN license and BSN to apply for a position?

While you do not need to have taken your NCLEX to apply for a position, you will need to have a California RN license approximately three weeks before the residency begins. Interim Permits may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that a fully completed BSN or MSN/MECN is a requirement for hire into our new graduate RN residency.

Do you accept MSN/MECN candidates who have already passed their NCLEX but have not yet graduated from school?

We are unable to accept MSN/MECN candidates who have not yet graduated from their program, regardless of their nursing licensure status. If you have graduated with your MSN/MCEN, you would be eligible.

How do I apply?

We are not accepting applications at this time but when we do, the position will be posted as “New Graduate RN.”

What nursing areas are available?

We typically place New Graduate RNs in the ED, ICU, Burn ICU, Cardio-Vascular ICU, Orthopedics, Bariatrics, Medical-Surgical, Telemetry (“PCU”), and Mother-Baby. If accepted, you are hired into a specific unit.

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 approximately three weeks before our start date. We will consider interim permits on a case-by-case basis. You also need to have a current American Heart Association BLS card with an expiration date six months beyond the cohort start date. ACLS is required for new grads in the ED, ICUs, and Telemetry units. PALS is required for placement in the ED and Burn Unit.

What is the schedule?

The residency is a 24 week, paid program that requires a full-time commitment and much flexibility on your part with scheduling. It does not include blocks of vacation time. Multiple requests for scheduling changes are discouraged. Your schedule will include working weekends and if you accept a night shift position, working nights.

What is 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, 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 knee 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" meetings give residents a comfortable and confidential setting to discuss any issues 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.

Thank you for your interest in Torrance Memorial Medical Center.