New Grad

Nursing Program

U.S. News & World Report’s highest-ranked hospital in Orange County. Hoag is a nonprofit, Magnet recognized, regional health care delivery network that is renowned for its excellence, specialized health care services and exceptional physicians and staff. The New Graduate RN Program at Hoag Hospital is your chance to put knowledge into practice and grow as a nursing professional while delivering high-quality patient centered care to the communities we serve.


Exceptional Clinical


Join a collaborative health care team whose commitment to you begins on day one. The New Graduate RN (Registered Nurse) Program at Hoag Hospital supports new-to-the profession nurses as they transition into practice. Get the training and resources you need to develop confidence, and competence in decision-making, while delivering exceptional patient care through the application of our Core Values: Advocacy, Compassion, and Excellence, or A.C.E. Key components of our evidence-based curriculum include:

  • Communication
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Ethical Nursing
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Quality, Safety and Patient Outcomes
  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Research
  • Wellness in the Workplace



What are the qualifications for this program?

  • Current unencumbered California RN license.
  • Current BLS certification awarded by the American Heart Association (AHA).
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing (Registered Nurses with an Associate degree in Nursing must enroll in a BSN program within one year of their date of hire, and have the degree conferred within 2 years of their date of enrollment).
  • Advanced certifications (e.g., ACLS, NIHSS, NRP, PALS) are required in specific areas, and must be obtained before the employee’s start date. Department specific requirements are outlined in the Clinical Nurse I Role Description** for reference. **See Program Areas section below for further details**
  • Each New Graduate Nurse Resident accepted into the program will be expected to commit to one year of Full-Time employment.
  • Successful completion of the New Graduate RN Program necessitates attendance during all learning activities.


What is the application process?

  • Our open positions change daily. View our current Nursing job opportunities and apply any time.
  • Acceptance into the program is based solely on the hiring manager’s discretion and the needs of their department at that time.
  • New cohorts begin their training at the end of each month. Depending on the date-of-hire and seat availability, candidates may be rolled into a subsequent cohort.
  • Candidates wanting to join the organization sooner may wish to consider our Nursing Support Pathway as an alternative.


What program areas are available and taking applications?

Start your career journey by applying to a Clinical Nurse I role in one of the following areas. Each New Graduate RN accepted into the program must commit to one year of full-time employment:


What can I expect from the New Graduate RN Program?

Hoag’s New Graduate RN Program framework is based on Benner’s “Novice to Expert” Model, where nurses are challenged to put knowledge into practice and take ownership of their professional role. The program is 12 months in length and utilizes an evidence based didactic teaching strategy with an emphasis on improved patient outcomes. There are specific milestones on the journey to independent practice including an evidence-based project to be presented at the nurse’s Residency Graduation.

  • Work 1:1 with a Nurse Preceptor
  • Structured classroom and lab based training
  • Department specific education modules
  • Designated Nursing Educator: A mentor who is able to provide a customized learning journey.

Further growth opportunities include:

  • Clinical Ladder Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Nursing Scholarships
  • Specialty Department Training and Transfer Opportunities



Our Openings

Browse through all of Hoag’s current opportunities to find a position that best fits your interests and qualifications.