New Graduate Training Programs

Developing the Next Generation of Nurses

Scripps’ system-wide new graduate RN residency program is a one-year training and development program for recent registered nursing (RN) graduates to experience direct patient care within the scope of their practice.

Patient care training includes assessment, planning and implementation of a care plan and evaluating patient progress toward expected outcomes. At the program’s completion, the new grad RNs take primary responsibility for the patient’s care, working collaboratively with the care team under their supervision.

Please review the schedule below for the most current information.

RN New Graduate Residency Program application periods

Use the Search Jobs function and look for “RN New Grad” job titles during these time periods to apply.

Winter 2014 Dedication Education Unit (DEU) Cohorts

  • 12 candidates will be hired into the Scripps La Jolla DEU
    Start dates: November 2014 and January 2015
  • Application period for internal candidates: Aug. 4-13, 2014
    Position will be posted at 8:00 a.m. on August 4
  • Application period for external candidates: Aug. 11-13, 2014
    Position will be posted at 8:00 a.m. on 8/11
  • Interviews are scheduled to take place Aug. 25-27, 2014
    (dates subject to change)

Please note application periods may close early based on candidate volume.

Overview of New Graduate Residency Program

The dedicated education unit (DEU) is a patient care unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, specifically designed for new graduate nurse orientation, with the goal of creating standardized practice and facilitating role transition in the clinical environment.

Clinical coach RNs provide education, coaching and mentoring to new graduate RNs during a 40-week period to develop their competence, confidence, critical thinking and documentation skills.

New graduates in the DEU program are trained as a collective group in various units. Upon successful completion of the program, nurses will be placed in a position within the Scripps system.

Unlike the DEU training program at La Jolla, our system-wide program allows smaller groups of new graduates to rotate through different units within the hospital where they will be placed at the end of the program. Availability of each program varies for each hospital and time of year.

New graduate nursing positions are offered in the following units:

  • Medical/surgical
  • Definitive observation/telemetry
  • Oncology
  • Cardiac care

The Scripps New Graduate Residency program consists of a 12- to 16-week orientation process, which includes:

  • One-on-one clinical training with a preceptor
  • Classroom education
  • Computer training
  • Support groups
  • Mentorship

After the initial orientation, the New Grad RN will receive 6-9 months of precepted clinical experience in various clinical settings across the Scripps system.

For more information, call 858-435-7100 or email