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Nursing Graduate Training Program

Discover professional growth in a renowned practice environment

Young happy nurse represents the supportive environment that Scripps nursing graduate training programs offer to recent graduates.

Discover professional growth in a renowned practice environment

At Scripps, we understand that the transition from nursing student to professional nurse is both exciting and challenging, so we provide a supportive, structured environment to facilitate this adjustment. We also offer training programs to help experienced nurses gain skills in a new clinical specialty. To ensure a smooth transition between roles, you’ll find the education, skills and emotional support you need to serve the San Diego community as a confident, well-prepared nurse.

Hands-on learning environment

Scripps is committed to meeting the needs of new graduates and seasoned nurses by combining classroom learning, skills practice and individual clinical instruction. Our experienced nurse mentors and support groups ease your transition from novice to seasoned caregiver or from one specialty to another. You’ll learn and develop effective decision-making skills that will enhance your clinical judgment and make you an important member of our exemplary team.

Programs for new graduates

When you join Scripps, you help provide unparalleled patient care and become part of a world-class health care organization where your contributions are acknowledged and valued. We offer you the tools you need to build a strong foundation in your nursing career and provide you with endless opportunities to foster your professional growth.


Availability of New Graduate positions vary for each hospital. The first step is to complete an online application. When a scheduled program has begun accepting applications for an upcoming session, you will find the positions listed among our open positions on our Careers site. New Graduate positions will be labeled as New Grad RN or will list less than 6 months of experience in the minimum qualifications. We recommend you set up a Search Agent in the application system to automatically notify you when a position has been posted, so you can be one of the first to apply.


For more information, please visit our New Grad Training Programs page.

Programs for career development

Scripps clinical educators and leaders have developed specialty training programs in intensive care unit (ICU), operating room (OR), emergency department (ED) and women’s services nursing. These training programs help experienced nurses become safe, competent clinicians in a new clinical specialty. Nurses who complete this training will be fully prepared to work at any Scripps facility.


The following programs are open to internal candidates who are employed at Scripps only.


Learn more about a specific program below and contact us at DevelopingTalent@scrippshealth.org for more information.

Registered Nurse – OR training program

The Scripps Health Perioperative Education Program (PEP), which provides the essential foundation for a career in perioperative nursing, is based on the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Periop 101 Program.

Registered Nurse – ICU training program

The ICU training program helps new and experienced nurses become safe, competent intensive care clinicians.

Registered Nurse – ED training program

The Emergency Nursing Transition Program facilitates the transition of an experienced RN with varied clinical background to an advanced beginner Emergency Nurse.

Registered Nurse – Maternal child health training program

The Scripps Health Perinatal Orientation and Education Program (POEP) offers a learning environment and essential foundation for a rewarding and successful career in maternal-child health nursing.