I've come across several postings fairly recently from new grads wanting to move to the Phoenix area and I want to make them aware that the job market here is very competitive. Unless you are an experienced nurse, have great luck, or a strong hospital contact, new grad hospital positions are very hard to come by. I know several that have had to leave the area to find jobs.
I'm not trying to be a downer, but in this economy Phoenix is NOT the place a new grad wants to be.
AZ continues to be a tough nursing market. Challenges include the federal budget sequester, slow economy (no growth), reduced reimbursements, restrictions and penalties for hospital 30 day readmits or deaths, etc.
I should add, hospice and home health referrals are also down. Hospitals are trying to cut there losses anyway they can. One of the largest valley hospitals has a strict no external referral policy (probably illegal too).
Last edit by Kabin on Jul 3, '13