Questions and Answers about Torrance Memorial’s RN Residency
When does your next New Graduate RN Residency start?
Our current cohort starts August 23, 2021. We have currently
completed the application acceptance phase and are in process of finalizing our
resident selections for the August start date. Sorry, no applications
will be taken at this time.
Another cohort may be planned for some time in 2022, start date to be determined.
Do I need to have my RN license and BSN to apply for a position?
While you don’t need to have a license to apply for a position or
even have taken your NCLEX, you will need to have a California RN license
approximately three weeks before the residency begins. California Interim
Permits may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that a
completed BSN or MSN is a requirement for hire into our new graduate RN
residency, as is current BLS certification from the American Heart Association
with an expiration date of at least 4-6 months from 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 ICU.
Do you accept MSN/MECN candidates who have already passed their NCLEX but
haven’t graduated from school?
We are not accepting 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 for a New Graduate RN position?
Sorry, no applications will be taken at this time for a new graduate RN position.
All available job positions are posted on our web site; they can be found
in the “Careers” link (top right corner of web page).
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, e.g., blood administration,
diabetes management, that apply to all residents regardless of their unit
of hire. 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.
We start with about two weeks of eight-hour day shifts and then transition
to twelve-hour shifts from then on. The change from day shift to night
shift can happen around week ten or later but this is determined by the
unit leadership teams.) 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.
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
What else should I know about in advance?
Torrance Memorial is a
great place to work with friendly, talented, and dedicated staff that support
new grads! Our Lundquist Tower is beautiful and modern. We are Magnet
designated and a locally-owned and governed medical center. We love our
new grads and think of our 24 week residency as a valuable investment
in our future. You will quickly feel our caring atmosphere and realize
that at Torrance Memorial, you are acknowledged and appreciated!