New graduate moving to colorado please help! - page 7

Hello all! I am looking for some help and guidance from those who know about the RN job market in Colorado! I am a soon to be graduate from New York University! I have high expectations and... Read More

  1. Visit  onetiredmomma profile page
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    Thanks for the update and Welcome!!!
  2. Visit  delabeaux profile page
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    That is heartening. However, I see so many nurses taking jobs that they will simply hate, just to get their year in. Having worked at a job I despised, I must say, that is something I cannot do...

    I can't see doing a job I would despise for the ulterior motive of getting a year experience (I'm not implying the poster is doing this, but it is common advice to we students). Ultimately, the client will suffer if we are unhappy in our position.

    Thus, once I start my search in a few months, it will only be for the areas I will be happy.

    Perhaps care is affected by the providers disposition.
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  3. Visit  NY2CO profile page
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    I agree, you should not be doing what you do not want to be doing. If you hate your job then you will most likely not do it correctly, there is no arguing that. I plan to stay in these two part time jobs, finding what I think fits me, and look into also working at a hospital in 6-12 months. Regardless of anything I have always wanted / think with student loans I will need to work a full time 3 day a week job and then also work a part time job, I was just raised in a ridiculously hard working family. So I am by no means ditching jobs in 6 months just when the hospitals start hiring. I made the decision to move out here and my spouse is in school and I have 90k+ in loans to start to repay this month, so I don't have the option to just not work until march. It is find a job or move back to NY. This may not be the Residency program type of hospital job I initially was seeking out, but I am working as both a charge nurse at one job and a pre-op/PACU nurse at the other, which I think will give me two very different experiences and both which I would not take if I was not genuinely interested / wanting to do it. I could easily move back to NY and get the new grad hospital job I want, but I have found another option that I am just as happy with because I am going to learn and be so excited to be working as an RN. I think that it is important that you make sure you are going to be happy in the position you apply / accept. Every individual needs to do what is best for them and needs to evaluate how happy they would be in certain situations. As a professional you can only hope that nurses will make sure they aren't just accepting positions without thinking of the consequences if they know they hate it from the start. But this is also why most institutions have in place that they evaluate you / you evaluate them after 30 days in order to make sure it is a good fit for both you and them.

    Regardless I know this isn't the situation for me personally, I am absolutely thrilled and so excited for my jobs. I am not the type of person to half-*** anything, so that is not even an option for me with any job I have. I hope that new grads aren't so desperate to do this because you are right, everyone in that situation would suffer. I was not trying to encourage this behavior in anyway. I just wanted it to be known that there are jobs out there for new grads. If people are posting that there aren't jobs and they haven't been able to find anything for a months to a year...they should also add that they are waiting for their top jobs to become available. Point is.. if you aren't hell bent on holding out for the hospitals right now, there are jobs!!! Trust me, my dream when I started nursing school was to get in a residency program with the best of the best, and I had the ability, but I decided between that or moving. Life happens. I decided to move, and realize I am in my early 20s, I have so many years ahead of me to do anything and everything I want with my career. So for right now I am extremely happy where I am and with my jobs and I am not looking back! :-)

    Good luck, you can do it!
  4. Visit  delabeaux profile page
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    Awesome!

    By the way, you can call... assuming you have Federal Loans, (and possibly with private loans), and get extended forebearance/deferments for up to a year or more!

    I only know that as my wife (a nurse), had to do that as well!

    I agree on your post. I work in a hospital, in a non-nursing role. The only new grad's I"m seeing getting hired are CNAs who have been on their floor for 4+ years. I recently did my preceptorship at my hospital (I've worked at for 6 years now). I was told by many nurses not to expect a job there.

    I can see myself working part time there to keep my foot in the door and doing something else part time, volunteering, etc until I can.

    It's good you're enjoying what you're doing at the moment!
  5. Visit  klone profile page
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    I think there is a huge difference between "not in the field I wanted to work" and "a job I will despise." I don't think I've seen anyone here say they will take a job they will despise, but only that they are going to take a job in a SNF or maybe flu clinics, when their dream job is the ED or OB. There are good and bad aspects of every area of nursing, and I think one can derive pleasure and a learning experience in any area of nursing, even if it's not the area you want to be, ultimately. There is a LOT that a new nurse can learn by working in a SNF, for example (time management, dealing with families, therapeutic communication), and if you despise it, then I suggest maybe an attitude adjustment is in order.

    All I'm saying is that you really limit yourself, especially in the market, if you decide you're ONLY going to apply to the jobs that you really really want. I would certainly not rule out areas of nursing that you don't think you'd like. You never know, you might be surprised that you actually find it enjoyable.

    One simply cannot know that they're going to hate a job before working there.
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  6. Visit  delabeaux profile page
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    Quote from klone
    I think there is a huge difference between "not in the field I wanted to work" and "a job I will despise." I don't think I've seen anyone here say they will take a job they will despise, but only that they are going to take a job in a SNF or maybe flu clinics, when their dream job is the ED or OB. There are good and bad aspects of every area of nursing, and I think one can derive pleasure and a learning experience in any area of nursing, even if it's not the area you want to be, ultimately. There is a LOT that a new nurse can learn by working in a SNF, for example (time management, dealing with families, therapeutic communication), and if you despise it, then I suggest maybe an attitude adjustment is in order.

    All I'm saying is that you really limit yourself, especially in the market, if you decide you're ONLY going to apply to the jobs that you really really want. I would certainly not rule out areas of nursing that you don't think you'd like. You never know, you might be surprised that you actually find it enjoyable.

    One simply cannot know that they're going to hate a job before working there.
    This is true.

    However, I am extrapolating from previous experiences as a CNA in a local hospital.

    Being a male CNA, 99% of what I did was sit with violent, aggressive, combative and abusive 1 to 1 clients... alcohol withdrawals, drug withdrawals, dementia, and head injuries. Sometimes this was ok... cute little old ladies, more often than not, however, it was the 6', 300# man who thinks you're in house and his hitting at me, and the nurse is not restraining the client because they don't want to deal with calling the doctor.

    I wen't from making $21.00 as a CNA to $9.00 in my current job... still at the hospital. It was worth the pay cut, and I actually like work now. Before, I would fear calling into work; I don't now. I tried to make it fun, but when you're getting abused, literally, it's hard to see the silver lining in that. When I did get the 1% of my time on the floor, I loved it... even if I was the only CNA on the floor with 25+ clients.

    Thus, in my opinion, a positive attitude is indeed necessary, in any profession, but it will only get you so far. There are those CNAs who enjoy dodging fists, I was not one of them!

    I will of course be applying for jobs that aren't my first choice, clinics, community health etc, because I've had positive experience in these areas in school...
  7. Visit  JenniferSews profile page
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    Quote from klone
    I think there is a huge difference between "not in the field I wanted to work" and "a job I will despise." I don't think I've seen anyone here say they will take a job they will despise, but only that they are going to take a job in a SNF or maybe flu clinics, when their dream job is the ED or OB. There are good and bad aspects of every area of nursing, and I think one can derive pleasure and a learning experience in any area of nursing, even if it's not the area you want to be, ultimately. There is a LOT that a new nurse can learn by working in a SNF, for example (time management, dealing with families, therapeutic communication), and if you despise it, then I suggest maybe an attitude adjustment is in order.

    All I'm saying is that you really limit yourself, especially in the market, if you decide you're ONLY going to apply to the jobs that you really really want. I would certainly not rule out areas of nursing that you don't think you'd like. You never know, you might be surprised that you actually find it enjoyable.

    One simply cannot know that they're going to hate a job before working there.
    Very true! SNF was not my area of choice, it was instead the only option after many, many, many, applications. 18 months later and just as many applications it's still my only option. But I've learned so much and have a lot more autonomy (and responsibility) than I would have had otherwise. I didn't know what I might be missing, but no matter what comes I feel like this is the bedrock foundation for my career and I don't regret a minute.
  8. Visit  Casper5915 profile page
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    Quote from NY2CO
    Hey guys, just wanted to update since I posted this original message.

    I ended up moving to CO. I moved here officially on SEPT 10th. Let me say this NOW, THERE IS HOPE FOR NEW GRAD RNs here. Please do not be discouraged.... as most of the posts on here are discouraging. For those who had positive things to say / positive experiences, thanks for posting, it made me a little less scared!! :-)

    I have been here in CO as a new grad for two months. I immediately worked at a flu clinic from the first day of being here, while searching for a job. That is winding down now.

    Let me assure you, I have no friends here, no contacts of any kind. I have had 3 interviews in the last few weeks, one which was at a hospital for a very awesome position. I was offered two job which I will be taking. I am very excited and so happy that all of the negative talk was not true. Yes, there are limited opportunities right now for new grads, this is true everywhere. Hospitals here for the most part are not hiring again until the spring, this is more unique to this area because of the small vicinity of all the hospitals and the over saturation of RNs. This was sad and disheartening to hear and experience. Days I had free not working I suited up and went to every place I can think of- hospitals of course but also other institutions. For the most part I got the same response from the hospitals that they are simply not hiring or there will be random openings here and there.

    Do not limit yourself to just hospitals. Look everywhere else you could possibly work as a RN. Do what you have to do, if you don't like that type of nursing leave. Just get the experience, if you like the job, great! If not, go on to do what you want when the hiring picks up.

    Keep your head up high and APPLY APPLY APPLY. Don't be too picky, and you will get something. It is not as hopeless as it seems. Keep an open mind. You can do it if you persevere and dedicate your time! Good luck!!


    Hi NY2CO,

    I am soon to be OH 2 CO! I was so happy to see this follow-up from you! I am about to move in march with my husband (active duty military) to denver and I actually graduate THIS Friday!! I wanted to find out from you, what you recommend I do before I get there and once I'm there. I am working on my apps for the University of Colorado residency program for new RNs, and I plan on applying anywhere I can! I really want to be in a residency program that will teach me more about what they want and hopefully it will land me a permanent position for more than the one year that I will owe them.

    I appreciate any help you can give me since you are the first person that I have found to be in a somewhat similar boat as me!
  9. Visit  germanshep profile page
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    Great! Thanks for updating your original post. Congrats
  10. Visit  MichNurse15 profile page
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    Hey everyone!

    I know this is an old thread but I graduate next May and am strongly thinking about moving out to Denver. Is the job market there still as tough as it was three years ago? I know things a fluctuate quickly. I also noticed that some hospitals have new grad residency programs.. has any one participated in any of these and can give me some insight to how competitive they are are what they are like? NY2CO, any update on your career? are you still in CO? Thanks everyone!
  11. Visit  hope3456 profile page
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    CO is a desirable location and there are lots of nursing schools in the Denver area. This makes for a lot of competition to get into a new grad residency. I would get experience before making the move.
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  12. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Try Wyoming or Kansas if you are dead set on the area. Get your experience then move to CO.
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