New Graduate Nursing Residency
Questions and Answers about Torrance Memorial’s RN Residency
When does your next New Graduate RN Residency start?
We typically run two cohorts each year starting in February and August. We will be accepting applications on our job website up to two months before start dates. Dates may be subject to change, and additional program dates may be available, so please always check our website and job postings.
How do I apply for a New Graduate RN position?
The New Graduate RN positions are on our web site. Visit our Careers page, then “Search Jobs,” and then in the “What” box, enter “Staff RN New Grad.” If you do not see your desired unit(s) posted, apply for an available New Grad opening so that your information can be in our system. If you do not see any positions available for a “New Grad” then we are not accepting applications at that time.
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 before the residency begins. California Interim Permits may be considered to start a program on a case-by-case basis if a test date has been secured. 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 or American Red Cross with an expiration date of at least 4-6 months from the start date. ACLS is required for new grads in the ED, ICUs, Oncology, and Telemetry units. PALS is required for placement in the ED and Burn ICU.
Do you accept entry level 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 nursing program, regardless of their nursing licensure status. If you have graduated with your MSN/MCEN, you would be eligible.
What is a typical week like for an RN resident?
On any given week, residents are scheduled to attend core classes, which include didactic lectures and skills labs, 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). This structured classroom-based education is designed to support your clinical experiences with the majority of your time being shifts spent on your unit with a preceptor. (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.
Is there a commitment requirement for a new grad?
The RN resident is a full-time (72-80 hrs/week) paid nursing position and commitment to the pre-fashioned schedule that includes classes and shifts with a dedicated preceptor(s) is required for the first 18 weeks. We expect the new graduate RN to retain this full-time commitment to their unit of hire for at least 1-2 years post residency completion.
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!
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 accredited 6-month 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!