Denver Job Outlook

  1. Hello, I'm a 24 year old RN moving to Denver this summer. When looking at this site there are a lot of people saying the job outlook is bad in Denver, but I haven't seen anything updated in a year. Can anyone say how it is currently?
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  3. by   SummitRN
    It is not impossible, but it is BAD even if you have experience. It is extremely bad if you are a new grad, even worse if you don't have local connections, even worse if you don't have a BSN.
  4. by   hope3456
    Just wondering if there anywhere in CO where the nsg job market is NOT bad?
  5. by   SummitRN
    From my research, most of the state is bad off. Many students leave CO to get their first job. A lot of rural hostitals on the Western slope are asking for 2-3 years of speciality experience for any position.

    Things are possibly better in the Eastern plains near Kansas... but that was just a rumor I heard.
  6. by   denver2012
    I am moving to Denver this month. Have you heard any more news?? I think people are pretty negative on here about it. Hating on the Transplants?
  7. by   hope3456
    Like SummitAP said - it is not impossible to get a RN job in Denver. But you might want to consider how many nursing programs (both ADN and BSN) there are in northern CO. There will be many entry level RN's applying for the same jobs as you. And these students did clinicals in the local hospitals so they have already made contacts and connections. Did you read the post about centura only hiring BSN's *with* experience? I am not being negative, only realistic. I would love to move back to Colorado. And so would alot of other nurses -adding to the competition.
    Last edit by hope3456 on Mar 16, '12
  8. by   SummitRN
    Quote from hope3456
    But you might want to consider how many nursing programs (both ADN and BSN) there are in northern CO. There will be many entry level RN's applying for the same jobs as you. And these students did clinicals in the local hospitals so they have already made contacts and connections.
    This is it in a nutshell. There are over 20 RN programs graduating each year in the CO front range. The Denver metro area alone produces over 1000 new RNs a year. People who can't get into the CO schools leave the state for school intending to return. There is a glut of RNs in CO.
  9. by   nyteshade
    I may know a little something for those looking to break into acute care...PM me.
  10. by   One1
    Quote from hope3456
    Did you read the post about centura only hiring BSN's *with* experience?
    That is completely incorrect. Centura hires tons of new grads on all floors, including ICUs, EDs, and Mom/Baby. Some of these new grads have no prior experience in the field other than clinicals during nursing school.
  11. by   klone
    Quote from One1
    That is completely incorrect. Centura hires tons of new grads on all floors, including ICUs, EDs, and Mom/Baby. Some of these new grads have no prior experience in the field other than clinicals during nursing school.
    And they hired me as an ADN with experience, as well. I worked in their L&D regional float pool.
  12. by   hope3456
    This is stated in the Mar 1 post 'centura's new grad phone conference.' Perhaps it is incorrect or a recent change?
  13. by   One1
    Quote from hope3456
    This is stated in the Mar 1 post 'centura's new grad phone conference.' Perhaps it is incorrect or a recent change?
    Not sure which one, but I know of new grads (brand new) who just recently got hired. Also, Centura has a whole "new grad" program set up which includes weekly classroom time additionally to your preceptorship and later mentorship.
  14. by   lookingrn
    I have not tested the waters myself, but two nurses from my floor just got jobs in Denver fairly quickly and moved there last week. I work on a med/surg/tele floor and both of the nurses were experienced -- one has 2-3 years, the other 1+.

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