I am currently in a long-distance relationship with a lovely guy in Gilbert, and since we have been dating for over a year, we have been discussing buying a house and getting married. As he owns a small business in the East Valley, I would be the one moving to him. I graduated in May 2011 and I am currently a NICU nurse in a large academic children's hospital in the midwest. I have been in this position since January. Previously, I worked on a very busy medical/oncology floor for six months (I did not actively seek to leave this job, but was unexpectedly offered a NICU position I couldn't turn down). How is the market for semi-experienced peds nurses in the Phoenix area? I know the two big NICUs out there are at PCH and the large Banner complex (Cardon Children's if I remember correctly). I'm in that weird spot between new graduate and experienced and I feel that it could be a disadvantage.
I don't want to look like a job hopper but the 900 mile difference is a killer and I love the area he lives in. However, it seems like a bad idea to move out there without a job, and I would be heartbroken to leave the NICU (although I would consider pediatric CICU or PICU positions). Any advice is welcome! I have a compact state license so getting an AZ RN license isn't much of a worry.