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CHOC Children's Hospital

Orange County, California

What’s it like to be a travel nurse at CHOC? Take it from a former patient who’s now a unit manager, “You will have a good time working here!”

Fast Facts

1st Children’s Hospital

Magnet Facility

Teaching Facility

Gold Level CAPE Facility

Level II Trauma


Uses Cerner

Free Parking at Facility

Facility Perks

DAISY Award Partner

All Aya travel nurses are eligible for this prestigious award when working at this facility.

Nursing Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Scholars Program

A 6-month program that consists of monthly meetings with expert academic faculty. Scholars receive education about the EBP process and guidance in completing a literature review to translate research into practice.

Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute

Attend monthly meetings to learn about the latest advances in data intelligence and medical innovations, and provide a forum to network and exchange ideas with fellow innovators.

Innovation Beach

A 4-hour CHOC training program to educate participants on the 7 steps of innovation and to motivate clinicians to think outside of the box and create new ways of improving care.

Meet an Aya Nurse Who’s Been There

I’ve been at CHOC for 6 months. I really enjoy it; it’s one of my favorite hospitals.

There are a lot of resources for the kids and their families. They have Seacrest Studios where kids can go and film their own radio show, tell a joke or film themselves doing a magic trick. It’s a chance for them to escape their rooms and do something fun. They televise it on the CHOC channel, so nurses will tell a kid, “Oh, I saw you on TV!” and they feel like a star. Sometimes they’ll even have Disney celebrities come in. It’s a really cool thing.

The teamwork here is so great. It’s a teaching hospital and I’ve seen residents teaching interns procedures I hadn’t seen before, like bedside lumbar punctures. It’s great to be a part of something like that. Staff members are always checking in, asking me if I’m ok — even when I don’t appear to be struggling. It’s so nice to come to a hospital where they’re willing to help you. I never have to feel bad about asking for help.

My very first day at orientation, while they went through the policies and procedures, I almost started crying. I thought, “Wow. This is where I was meant to be.”

- Michelle, RN

Articles, Accolades and Awards

Aya Healthcare Helps CHOC Children's Find Top Quality New RN Grads to Fill Residency Program Positions

Read on Aya's Blog ⟶

One of 20 organizations to receive the 2018 Workplace of the Year Award

Read on CHOC Blog ⟶

Ranked among the nation’s best with recognition in 6 children’s specialties

Read on CHOC Blog ⟶

ER Department is one of three in CA to receive a 2017 Lantern Award – demonstrating excellence and innovation in the field

Read on CHOC Blog ⟶

PICU Department is three - consecutive recipient of the Gold Beacon Award

Read on CHOC Blog ⟶

CHOC receives coveted HIMSS Enterprise Davis Award for utilizing cutting edge EHR systems to improve patient outcomes

Read on Cerner ⟶

Know Your Neighborhood

  • Overview
  • Orange
  • Anaheim
  • Garden Grove
  • Santa Ana
  • Tustin
  • Irvine



  • Tustin – 13 minutes
  • Garden Grove – 14 minutes
  • Irvine – 27 minutes
  • Orange – 5 minutes
  • Santa Ana – 9 minutes
  • Anaheim – 15 minutes

Average cost: $3.32/gallon


  • Santa Ana to San Diego – 2 hours
  • Santa Ana to LAX – 2.5 hours
  • Santa Ana to San Francisco – 13 hours

Metrolink Average Cost: $10 – $18

Surfliner Average Cost: $30 – $60


  • Tustin – 30 minutes
  • Garden Grove – 47 minutes
  • Irvine – 40 minutes
  • Orange – 17 minutes
  • Santa Ana – 15 minutes
  • Anaheim – 20 minutes

Average Cost: $69 for 30 day pass

Orange – Plaza City

Population: 140,560

Safer than 33% of U.S. cities

Median Age: 35.1

Average monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment: $1,797

“Orange is a very special city. It has the charm of an east coast city. Everything is walkable with amazing restaurants to eat at. There are also great shops to see and yoga studios to take classes at. The city is full of old trees so when you are walking around you feel the history and nature. There are not a lot of parks in Orange County but Orange has many to visit. I have always felt incredibly safe walking around the city.”

– Current resident review from Niche.com

Anaheim – City of Kindness

7.2 miles outside of Orange

Population: 352,497

Safer than 17% of U.S. cities

Median Age: 34

Average monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment: $1,569

“I think Anaheim pretty much has it all. Besides all the freeways you could ever need, there are tons of places to eat! It’s a quick jaunt to the beach, and isn’t massively far to get to the mountains. Anaheim is the home of Disneyland, as well as the Los Angeles Angels! There’s always something fun to do here. Whether you enjoy some really good Mexican food, or In-N-Out Burger, or some delightful sushi, Anaheim truly has everything.”

– Current resident review from Niche.com

Garden Grove – City of Youth and Ambition

7 miles outside of Orange

Population: 174,226

Safer than 19% of U.S. cities

Median Age: 37.4

Average monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment: $1,465

“The best thing about Garden Grove is their diversity, you won’t ever feel left out here because you can relate to someone. Each part of town is very nice it fits with any ethnicity. and you get to go around and experience other culture.”

– Current resident review from Niche.com

Santa Ana – The Spirit of Change

4.5 miles outside of Orange

Population: 334,126

Safer than 22% of U.S. cities

Median Age: 35.1

Average monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment: $1,635

“Santa Ana has a strong sense of heritage and culture. Downtown areas offer a wide range of diverse night time activities from galleries to bars. There is also a lot of public space including squares and parks, making for a nice shared space experience.”

– Current resident review from Niche.com

Tustin – City of Trees

6 miles outside of Orange

Population: 80,498

Safer than 22% of U.S. cities

Median Age: 34.2

Average monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment: $1,818

“I’m currently a resident in Tustin. When I came here in Tustin, I found it very peaceful. Especially at night, I usually take night walks. The quietness of the city make each walk relaxing. I recommend people who enjoy the silent of the night to come and visit.”

– Current resident review from Niche.com

Irvine – City of Innovation

12 miles outside of Orange

Population: 277,453

Safer than 44% of U.S. cities

Median Age: 34.6

Average monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment: $2,057

“I love living in Irvine. It has so many fun places and shops to go spend a day with family or friends. It’s a very family-oriented community so you will have a park around every corner and is beautifully landscaped. I love living by the trails to run and take my dog for a walk.”

– Current resident review from Niche.com

Things To Do

Manaserro Farms – Irvine

Organic farm to table venue that includes a pick-your-own-produce garden, market, gift shop and local dining events to create an immersive dining experience.

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Chapmen Crafted Beer – Orange

Locally owned brewery that offers craft beer and offers activities such as ping pong, corn hole, foosball and paint nights.

Visit Website ⟶

Rutabegorz – Orange and Tustin

A small urban health food restaurant that serves vegetarian, vegan and low fat meals. Offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a kids menu.

Make Reservations ⟶

Las Brisas – Laguna Beach

Upscale Mexican restaurant with beach views and craft cocktails for a relaxing dinner with a view.

Make Reservations ⟶

SoFar Sounds – All of Orange County

Event company that hosts local music gigs across the county to provide secret, intimate concerts for the community.

View Upcoming Events ⟶

Angels Stadium - Anaheim

Home of the Los Angeles Angels.

Get Tickets ⟶

The Copper Door – Santa Ana

Underground bar and club that offers board game nights, local DJs, karaoke nights and pool tables.

Visit Website ⟶

The Observatory – Santa Ana

Concert venue that features both local and popular artists.

View Upcoming Shows ⟶

Top of the World – Laguna Beach

A seven-mile hike that features beach views and serene forests.

Hike Details ⟶

Old Town Orange – Orange

Plaza in the heart of Orange that offers antique shopping, gourmet restaurants and historic museums.

More Information ⟶

1,000 Steps Beach – Laguna Beach

Thousand Steps Beach is one of the largest beaches in South Laguna Beach, CA. It’s a wide sandy beach with volleyball courts, restrooms and tide pools and caves to discover.

Read Reviews ⟶

Strawberry Festival – Garden Grove

Started in 1958, The Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce put on the first Garden Grove Strawberry Festival as a way to bring together the east and west sides of Garden Grove.

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