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New Graduate Nurse Residency Program FAQs
Read our frequently asked questions about the Sharp HealthCare New Graduate Nurse Residency Program.
When does Sharp HealthCare hire new grad RNs?
Sharp HealthCare hires graduate nurses when "Clinical Nurse - New Grad RN" positions are posted on our career site. We offer the New Grad Nurse Residency Program four times a year, posting in January, March, June and October. Additional information can be found by visiting www.sharp.com/students and choosing the Nursing Students option.
Which units hire new grads?
We offer two program tracks: unit-based and residency rotations. The New Graduate Nurse Residency position posting will list the available programs. Availability is based on facility needs.
What are the differences between the two program tracks offered?
Residency Rotation Track: Designed for new graduate nurses interested in building a variety of skills by working with several different units during the one-year program.
Unit-based Track: Designed for new graduate nurses interested in a specific area of care. Nurses will complete the program in their unit of hire.
How many positions will you be offering for your New Graduate Nurse Residency Programs?
The number of positions for each new graduate nurse residency program is based on current and projected staffing needs at the time of the new graduate recruitment.
What are the requirements for the New Graduate Nurse Residency positions?
- Must be a graduate of a U.S. state-approved and accredited nursing program
- Must have a current unencumbered California RN license by program start date (unless otherwise specified)
- Minimum ADN required; BSN preferred
- Must have a current CPR certification appropriate for a health care provider
- Must have graduated no more than 18 months prior to the start of the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program
- Must have less than 12 months RN work experience by the program start date
What is the process timeline for the Winter 2016/2017 New Graduate Nurse Residency Program?
- Friday, October 7, noon PST: positions posted
- Thursday, October 13, 5 pm PST: last day to apply; all applications must be received
- November to January: interviews take place
- January to March: New Graduate Nursing Residency Programs begin
Can I apply for a New Grad position before I get my RN license?
Yes, you can apply before you have your California RN license and before you have graduated.
I am a newly graduated RN and work as a nurse elsewhere. Am I still eligible to apply for a position?
To be eligible for our new graduate program, you would have to have less than 12 months of experience as a nurse by the program's start date.
Do I need to resubmit my documents if I have already submitted them in the past 12 months?
I'm a current Sharp employee. Do I need to apply through the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program?
Sharp employees must complete the New Graduate Nurse Residency application process in order to be considered for a new grad position.
Do I need to be a California resident to apply?
No, out-of-state candidates are eligible for the program if they meet the position requirements.
Can I apply for other RN positions, such as clinical nurse openings?
New graduate nurses must apply through the New Graduate Nurse Residency program. You only qualify for "Clinical Nurse - New Grad RN" nursing jobs as these are specifically designed to help you gain the competencies to be successful in your career. Please do not apply for clinical nurse or other RN openings as these positions require experience.
What documents do I need to submit?
All New Grad applicants must complete an online application (a transfer application if you are a current Sharp HealthCare employee) and submit a resume.* Please do not upload or submit transcripts, letters of recommendation or other documents. These will be requested at a later date if required.
What types of questions are included when applying?
The application includes both multiple choice questions and questions requiring a written response.
Will my application be considered if it is incomplete?
No. Each document is important and carefully considered during the review process and it is the responsibility of the candidate to have all required documents to Sharp HealthCare Recruitment by the deadline posted.
Will my application be considered if it is submitted after the deadline?
No. In order to be considered for our New Graduate Nurse Residency Programs, applicants must apply to the position and submit all required documents by the deadline listed on the job posting.
Can I email or fax my packet?
We are unable to accept documents in person, by regular/certified mail, fax or email. Instructions on how to submit your documents will be listed under the How to Apply section on New Graduate Nurse Residency Program at the time of posting.
To whom do I address the cover letters?
Cover letters are not required. If you plan on submitting a cover letter, please address the letter to Nurse Recruiter or Nurse Manager rather than to a specific individual.
How can I confirm you received all of my application documents?
You can view your submitted documents by checking your attachments in your profile. Due to the volume of applicants we are not able to confirm the receipt of individual applications/résumés and are not able to respond to individual requests for confirmation of items received.
How do I follow up on the status of my application?
You can view the status of your application by logging into your career center account and viewing the job status of your submissions. Candidates selected to move forward will be contacted directly by the new graduate recruiter and/or hiring manager via phone or email. Due to the volume of applicants we are unable to respond to individuals requesting a status update.
Do you offer sponsorships for foreign-educated nurses?
We are unable to sponsor at this time.