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New-Graduate Registered Nurse Residency Program

A Magnet Designated Teaching Institution

Cedars-Sinai has a proud tradition of excellence in nursing and we’re proud to share this with the next generation of nurses. Having received five consecutive Magnet® recognitions for nursing excellence from the ANCC, Cedars-Sinai is Southern California's longest-running Magnet-designation hospital. Joining our program for new nurses will expose you to a variety of clinical experiences on medical and surgical units. Our program will expand your opportunities for hands-on clinical practice while allowing you to gain valuable experience and enhancing your decision-making and critical thinking skills. Strong peer support, educational opportunities, and one-to-one collaboration with an experienced preceptor will help you build a foundation of nursing excellence.

We have several new-graduate nurse programs per year; shortly before each cohort, we'll post positions on this career site. Please apply to the appropriate position and make sure you will have your California Registered Nurse license before the program begins.

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    Program Dates

      We host approximately four cohorts per year. For more information about our program dates you can email us at jobs@cshs.org

      Our Program Guidelines

      The New-Graduate Registered Nurse (RN) Residency Program is a full-time employment opportunity. The program lasts approximately one year and consists of 13 didactic and interactive workshops spread throughout the year. Also integrated into this program are eight weeks (24 shifts) of precepted clinical orientation. You will be supported by unit leadership, educators and advanced practice nurses during your time in the program.

      As a member of the program, you will complete one week of general hospital introduction, new employee orientation and training on the electronic medical record system. The following week introduces nurse resident to the New-Graduate RN Residency Program.

      On the third week, you will begin your 8-week (24 shifts) precepted clinical orientation on a medical/surgical unit. The new-graduate nurse will work the same schedule as their preceptor, with efforts made to accommodate their desired shift as much as possible. After this, you will be placed in a permanent assignment on a medical/surgical nursing unit. Workshops will continue throughout the year in which you will receive a combination of didactic learning, hands-on skills training, simulated experiences, group work/projects, support rounds, and group discussion. The new-graduate nurse will be eligible to apply for transfer to specialty internships or other divisions after completion of the residency program and one year of experience in their residency unit.

      Requirements to qualify for the New Graduate Nurses Program:

      • You must have a current and active California registered nurse license before the application date.
      • You must have less than nine months paid registered nurse experience on the application date.
      • You must have a 3.0 nursing GPA or above.
      • External applicants must have at least a BSN Degree from an accredited program (CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ACS WASC – Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and College, or ACEN – American Commission for Nursing Education) obtained in the United States.
      • You must have completed your nursing program within the last 12 months by the application date.
      • You need a current and active life support certification for healthcare providers (BLS and/or ACLS) as required by the specialty unit from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

      A complete application will include:

      1. An online application with your resume and personal statement.
      2. The personal statement should include: why you selected nursing as a profession, what being a nurse means to you and what you will bring to the profession of nursing at Cedars-Sinai. This is your opportunity to help us get to know you beyond what is on your resume. The personal statement should not exceed two pages.
      3. When applying online please also include:
        • Copies of your unofficial academic transcripts,
        • a copy of your nursing degree or diploma,
        • Two letters of recommendation,
        • A description of any volunteer service you’ve performed, and
        • Copies of your California Registered Nurse license and certifications.
      4. We can only consider applications that have all of the above included. If your application is incomplete, we will not consider it.

      We will stop accepting applications after we have reached approximately 200 completed applications that meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      • You must have a current and active California registered nurse license before the application date.
      • You must have less than nine months paid registered nurse experience on the application date.
      • You must have a 3.0 nursing GPA or above.
      • External applicants must have at least a BSN Degree from an accredited program (CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ACS WASC – Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and College, or ACEN – American Commission for Nursing Education) obtained in the United States.
      • You must have completed your nursing program within the last 12 months by the application date.
      • You need a current and active life support certification for healthcare providers (BLS and/or ACLS) as required by the specialty unit from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

      No, you must have a valid California RN license by the application date.

      • External applicants must have at least a BSN Degree from an accredited program (CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ACS WASC – Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and College, or ACEN – American Commission for Nursing Education) obtained in the United States.
      • You will be required to show proof of education by the application date.

      The number of new grads in each cohort varies as it is dependent on the needs of the organization and how many new grad units feel they can support.

      Units accept new grads based on needs and the number of new grads the department feels that they can support. It is different for every cohort. The list of units accepting will be posted at the end of the application. You will select your top two choices.

      Shift preferences are based on the needs of hiring manager.

      Unit applicant counts vary. We recommend you select the specialty you have the most experience in; that is the area you will best be able to speak on during an interview.

      To Whom It May Concern. There will be multiple recruiters and hiring managers who read your application and therefore do not recommend addressing it to one person.

      We are not accepting letters of recommendation sent through the mail. They should all be uploaded with all other documents at the time you apply.

      • Professors
      • Clinical Faculty
      • Clinical Liaisons
      • A current clinical manager if working in a healthcare environment



      All of these are acceptable for letters of recommendation and none are necessarily better than others. You ultimately want to pick the people who will be able to best speak on who you will be as a future nurse.

      Please pick your top two choices to upload.

      • a. Cover letter/Personal Statement
      • Resume – be sure to include your clinical rotations. We want to know the hospital you were at, specialty, number of hours you spent on each rotation and which semester you completed each rotation.
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
      • Transcripts (official/un-official are both accepted)
      • Nursing Degree
      • CA RN License
      • Certifications BLS/ACLS/PALS

      The personal statement should include: why you selected nursing as a profession, what being a nurse means to you, and what you will bring to the profession of nursing at Cedars-Sinai. This is your opportunity to help us get to know you beyond what is on your resume. The personal statement should not exceed two pages.

      You need a current and active life support certification for healthcare providers (BLS and/or ACLS) as required by the specialty unit from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

      This is a paid one-year new graduate nurse residency program.

      No, at this time you must have graduated with a diploma from an accredited nursing program with either your BSN or MSN.

      This page covers the details of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center New-Grad Nurse Residency program. Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital runs a separate program, you can visit their site for more details.

      We recommend selecting a simple resume template that is easy to follow. Avoid resumes that utilize text boxes or colorful fonts. Resumes that utilize these features typically look nice at a glance but can often be difficult to find the necessary information.
      Do NOT put anything personal of yourself on your resume. (i.e., picture, DOB, gender, height, weight etc.) We want to focus on your experience and who you will be as a future nurse.

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