UCI Medical Center

In addition to Magnet Designation, the University of California, Irvine Medical Center is ranked as the only California Hospital in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals." Together, this recognition affirms our commitment to high-quality compassionate care, research and education. Join us and you'll be part of a health care organization that demonstrates the sustained excellence in nursing care that has earned us a reputation for being among the finest in the nation.

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Medical Center is the only university hospital in Orange County, offering a full scope of acute- and general-care services, with more than 300 specialty physicians and 50 primary care doctors.

New Grad Orientation and Training Programs

The University of California Irvine Medical Center Nursing Department provides the new RN graduate several orientation options.

We understand you will have many expenses as you begin your first professional nursing position, and we are pleased to assist you with this transition. New graduates will be eligible for an "Essentials of Practice" basket. Within this basket, you will find: $100 gift certificate for new scrubs, a watch, Kaplan NCLEX prep class gift certificate, stethoscope and more. The basket is worth approximately $600.

In addition, we offer an "early commitment" program. Commit early to UCIMC, during your last semester of nursing school and receive a $500 bonus.

Pathway #1

Our pathway #1 new graduation orientation program is a 14-week program providing the new graduate with a variety of experiences within UCIMC. The purpose of this program is to support the new graduate as a novice nurse, and help them as they transition into the Registered Nurse role. Additionally, the program is designed to help the novice nurse in selecting the right unit. The novice nurse will work 3 12 clinical shifts per week (total 504 precepted hours), and participate and attend in a 4-hour didactic class per week (total 56 hours). A Clinical Nurse Educator manages the Pathway #1 program, and has daily interaction with all the participants.

During the 14 weeks, the orientation will be split in four distinct rotations. The new graduate will develop an individualized orientation schedule with the Clinical Nurse Educator. Based upon the interests of the novice nurse, clinical rotations will be established. The first three rotations will be four weeks in duration. At the end of the first three rotations, the novice nurse will have had an opportunity to choose their placement for the last two weeks. This last clinical rotation is intended to be on the unit of most interest to the novice nurse. During this rotation, the novice nurse communicates to the Clinical Nurse Educator the unit of most interest with the purpose of solidifying final placement. In this pathway the novice nurse will have the opportunity of have four different preceptors each providing a different teaching style. The Clinical Nurse Educator is responsible for the continuity, oversight and comprehensiveness relative to the orientation process.

Pathway #2

Pathway #2 provides the novice nurse the ability to be hired to a specific unit. The unit orientation will be variable based upon the individual unit. Unit orientation is minimally 8 weeks in duration. On pathway #2, the novice nurse will orient with one preceptor during their clinical orientation, and will merge with the Pathway #1 participants for the weekly 4-hour didactic class.

Classroom Sessions For All Pathways

Classroom sessions are weekly and four hours in duration. The classroom sessions are designed to enhance clinical knowledge while emphasizing critical thinking and professional practice topics. Additionally, classroom time is to include time to reflect, discuss clinical experiences, and develop collegial relationships with other nurses.


UCI Medical Center offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including up to 3 weeks vacation, up to 2 weeks sick time, and 13 holidays.

UCI Medical Center accepts New Grad applicants throughout the year. The UCI Medical Center application for employment process is separate from the UCI Campus application process.

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