Dignity Health Staff Nurse I - New Grad in SANTA CRUZ, California


About Us

Dominican Hospital (a member of Dignity Health) is a 222-bed facility that offers a wide range of services to residents of California’s Central Coast. With 24/7 emergency care, comprehensive care in cardiac, orthopedics, oncology, women’s and children’s services, we continue to lead the region in medical innovation and excellence in healthcare.

Comprehensive Care

Dominican offers emergency services and is a Certified Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. Dominican’s services include the only comprehensive Cancer Center in Santa Cruz County, a Total Joint Replacement program, and advanced neurological and endoscopic services. Dominican regularly receives ‘A’ grades for hospital safety from Leapfrog Group, and has received national recognition for superior patient safety, cardiac care, and stroke treatment from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

As Santa Cruz County’s heart attack (STEMI) receiving center, Dominican Hospital provides cutting edge cardiac care. The hospital’s heart attack treatment times consistently beat the national average, and the hospital offers two cardiac catheterization labs available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Groundbreaking cardiac procedures at Dominican include the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, which allows for heart valve replacement without opening a patient’s chest.

Dominican Hospital has forged significant partnerships with area hospitals to bring exceptional care to Santa Cruz County. The hospital offers a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through a partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Neurosurgery at Dominican is also offered through a partnership with Stanford Health Care.

In The Community

Beyond care inside the hospital, Dominican is dedicated to the health and wellness of the Santa Cruz community.

Community programs include a Mobile Wellness Clinic, a tattoo removal program, and support groups for patients and new mothers. In addition, and in accordance with our mission, Dominican Hospital supports programs for the underserved in our community, including children and adults, students, seniors, and the homeless population. Dominican also has received several awards for environmental excellence.


Applications will be accepted online August 10 through September 1.


The New Grad Program is for the newly graduated RN and has been in existence, at Dignity Health-Dominican Hospital, since 2014. The program is 8-12 weeks long, with progressively independent functioning in the clinical area. The intent of the New Grad Program is to further the mission of Dignity Health-Dominican Hospital by continuing our healing ministry. This intensive orientation program is a key in ensuring high quality care for the Santa Cruz community.

Program Description:

  • New Grad participants are assigned to a department and focus within the hospital environment, and will learn about other departments that directly or indirectly contribute to patient care. These assignments occur primarily during the first 8 weeks.

  • 8-12 weeks of full-time work

  • Weeks 1-8:

  • 5 days a week, 8 hour days

  • The New Grad participants will work with a preceptor in the clinical area 100% of the time, for the first 8 weeks, depending on the unit placement. Weeks 9-12:

  • Nurse moves into 8 or 12 hour shift position in the appropriate unit

  • New Grad expected to carry a full patient load. New Grad will further develop expertise in providing patient care with the continued guidance from a preceptor as needed.

  • Classroom education occurs throughout the program, each week on Wednesdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) will NOT be granted during this time

  • Specific competency programs will be utilized to provide the New Grad participants with:

  • Working knowledge of resources available

  • Familiarity with key policies and procedures

  • Reassurance that selected nursing interventions are being safely and effectively performed

  • During the last 3-4 weeks of the program, the goal for each New Grad participant will be to carry a full patient load. The participant will continue to gain expertise in providing patient care with the continued guidance from a preceptor as needed.

Program start date: Monday, October 22, 2018

New Grad candidates will be placed in full-time, benefitted positions in one of the departments listed below:

  • Medical Surgical

  • Acute Inpatient Rehab

  • Telemetry Care

How will you be assigned to your specialty department? Based on several criteria including:

  • Background of the RN applicant

  • Hospital needs

  • Assessment by Nursing Managers and Directors

Application must be completed through the job posting - Staff Nurse I - New Grads .



Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited nursing program (A.D.N. or B.S.N.) with a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher, and have graduated between Spring/Summer of 2017, Fall/Winter 2017 or Spring 2018 . Candidates with a B.S.N. are highly preferred.

  • Must have a current California RN license and BLS-HCP certification by 9/7/18. Must submit ALL of the following documentation (attach to your candidate profile):

  • Completed online application for Staff Nurse I – New Grads

  • A paragraph that states what you will bring to promote a positive patient experience and why you decided to pursue a career in nursing. Please limit this to 1-2 paragraphs on a single page, uploaded with your application.

  • Two references, in letter form, which can be written by a current or former co-worker, manager/boss, someone you volunteered with, a clinical instructor, a preceptor from one of your clinical rotations, or one of your instructors. These letters must be submitted online with your application, by you.

  • Resume, including number of clinical hours and location/placement for rotations.

Because we are offering an 8-12 week unit orientation with trained preceptors, and additional coaching and training throughout the first year, all selected candidates are required to sign a two-year commitment contract. This contract requires educational repayment if, for some reason, you are unable to continue employment with Dominican Hospital.

Applications without all of the required documentation will not be considered. A copy of your transcripts will NOT be required during the application process, but will be required in later steps of the selection process.

All of the required additional documentation should be uploaded as a word or PDF file to your application profile online. All documents must be received before the September 1, 2018 deadline.

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Job ID 2018-60707

Employment Type Part Time

Department Cardiac Telemetry

Hours / Pay Period 64

Facility Dominican Hospital-Santa Cruz

Shift Night


State/Province CA

Standard Hours 11p-0730

Work Schedule 8 Hour