New Graduate nurse moving to Denver

  1. Hi everyone- I am a recent graduate nurse from the University of CT moving to Denver in January with my boyfriend. I am looking on advice on where to try applying that is best for new grads- I have been job searching for months but have not had much luck. I have applied to UC Health Residency and I am still waiting to hear back about an interview, but so far that seems to be my only option. I am especially interested in women's health, L&D, postpartum, and the NICU- and I am open to hospital or outpatient/clinic positions, but am open to other options as well! Can anyone else comment on how they got started out there, or any other info they think would help (we are looking around for an apartment complex, etc. as well!)

    Any info is appreciated
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   bibebok
    Im moving to Denver in January as well.
  4. by   Happyful
    I don't know much about Colorado but where I live Trauma hospitals seem to like brand new grads so I would look into that too and be flexible with what dept you start off then track into your desired specialty once in the door.
  5. by   SummitRN
    I recommend you get a job offer BEFORE you move
  6. by   That Guy
    Quote from SummitRN
    I recommend you get a job offer BEFORE you move
    This on so many levels. My advise on where to apply? Anywhere and everywhere.
  7. by   WookieeRN
    Quote from SummitRN
    I recommend you get a job offer BEFORE you move
    Second this! Denver is a tough market, I've heard.
  8. by   klone
    Quote from SummitRN
    I recommend you get a job offer BEFORE you move
    Yes, I agree with this definitely. It's a very tough market here for new grads.
  9. by   Nurse924
    Yes, I understand it is best to wait for a job before moving. However, I was hoping to start trying to attempt to shadow on different units and get my resume out there and make connections, and I cannot do this until I am in the area. Otherwise, I feel like submitting applications online just throws my resume into a blackhole, and I'll never hear back from anyone. I have had a few different places say to let them know when I am in Denver, and we can talk further. So... I'm kind of in a bind.
  10. by   theliman
    Quote from klone
    Yes, I agree with this definitely. It's a very tough market here for new grads.
    I disagree, if this is where you want to be. I interviewed for UCH new grad residency, didn't get it. All the calls and emails after to the many hospitals in the area didn't help. It wasn't until I moved to Denver and could show up in person, resume in hand, that I was able to get hired.
  11. by   cwilhelm1977
    I'm a new grad, but with an ADN. A curse on my life. No hospital wants you, that's for sure. But that's OK because I make amazing money. I work the night shift at a nursing home and I make $29 an hour. Considering how much Denver cost to live, this is OK with me. Pay at hospitals is not that great.
  12. by   SummitRN
    Quote from cwilhelm1977
    I'm a new grad, but with an ADN. A curse on my life. No hospital wants you, that's for sure. But that's OK because I make amazing money. I work the night shift at a nursing home and I make $29 an hour. Considering how much Denver cost to live, this is OK with me. Pay at hospitals is not that great.
    Most hospitals will pay about that much (or more) for night shift with 1 year experience.
  13. by   eggsbacon
    Hey, I'm also moving to CO and applied for the UCH residency too! But I applied to the residency program in Colorado Springs. Still haven't heard anything from them, but I have 3 job interviews at other places....2 are home health and 1 is at a SNF. I don't even have a test date for nclex yet, so the fact that I'm already getting call backs seems really promising.
  14. by   rlaird511
    Hey Klone! I am graduating in May 2016 with my BSN and i want to move from NC to denver to be closer to my family. I have no experience in healthcare except for my clinicals, but i have been working as a waitress for 13 years. My cover letter will be phenomenal, although my resume looks a little standard. I wanted to know, in your opinion, what are my odds of getting into a womens health area straight out of school in either UCH, Denver health, or P/SL?

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