Nursing Job Outlook

  1. I will be graduating this coming August with an ADN in nursing. I have a previous Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I currently work as a Patient Care Technician at a magnet facility in Alabama where I have worked on an Adult Psych unit for 2 years and prior to that 2 years on a GI surgery unit. I have plenty of patient care experience. I plan on obtaining my BSN fairly quick, but I am so ready to move out of state and seriously considering the Denver/Boulder area. I am curious since Psych is not highly sought after if I would have any chance at all at obtaining a position in psych?

    If anyone has any insight on the likelihood of me being able to obtain a new grad position at a hospital or if it would be smarter to look into standalone mental health hospitals?

    Any and all suggestions would be helpful, thanks!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   oceanblue52
    I think will be difficult for you to land an acute care job without your BSN. Some Centura hospitals hire them though. There are a few Psych hospitals that are friendly to hiring new grads. Make sure you have a job in place before moving, rent and cost of living is very expensive here.
  4. by   dbsum
    I am not looking for an acute care position, like ICU, if that is what you meant. I am simply interested in working on a psych unit at a hospital, a psych only facility or even a community health center that focuses on mental health. I noticed on another thread, that an ADN in Colorado works at a LTC facility, I would possibly consider that as well but I prefer to stick in mental health arena.
  5. by   Boxer Mama
    You could look into Highlands Behavioral Health.
  6. by   klone
    Are you interested in relocating to a different state? My community has a HUGE shortage of nurses.
  7. by   dbsum
    What area do you live in?
  8. by   dbsum
    I was looking at them, and Centennial Health.. they said on job posting that ADN's & new grads welcome. I wouldn't mind either since I plan on getting my BSN as quick as possible & then I can hopefully have better chance at getting on at a major hospital.
  9. by   klone
    Quote from dbsum
    What area do you live in?
    I assume you're talking to me - I live on the GORGEOUS Oregon coast.
  10. by   dbsum
    Quote from klone
    I assume you're talking to me - I live on the GORGEOUS Oregon coast.
    yes, I looked at some psych facilities around the Portland area. It is a beautiful state. Do you know of any facilities in particular that are more willing to hire ADNs?
  11. by   klone
    Quote from dbsum
    yes, I looked at some psych facilities around the Portland area. It is a beautiful state. Do you know of any facilities in particular that are more willing to hire ADNs?
    Yes, Bay Area Hospital hires mostly ADNs, simply because it's a small community that doesn't have a university with a BSN program nearby, so most nurses are ADNs.
  12. by   xxbishopxx
    Colorado's state Mental Health Hospital is in Pueblo Colorado and they hire ADN's. And they are always looking for people. I work in the UCHealth system and I know that their new grad program hires ADNs provided they sign a contract saying they will get their BSN within 3 years. On a side note the UCHealth new grad program is extremely competitive so it will difficult to secure a position with them. The Centura health care system also has stand alone psych facilities and they hire ADNs, I believe you have to sign a contract with them requiring you to get a BSN within a certain time frame.
  13. by   klone
    Quote from xxbishopxx
    I work in the UCHealth system and I know that their new grad program hires ADNs provided they sign a contract saying they will get their BSN within 3 years.
    That has changed. When I started there in 2010 (back when they were just UCH) they required all new nurses in their new grad program to have their BSN.
  14. by   dbsum
    Quote from xxbishopxx
    Colorado's state Mental Health Hospital is in Pueblo Colorado and they hire ADN's. And they are always looking for people. I work in the UCHealth system and I know that their new grad program hires ADNs provided they sign a contract saying they will get their BSN within 3 years. On a side note the UCHealth new grad program is extremely competitive so it will difficult to secure a position with them. The Centura health care system also has stand alone psych facilities and they hire ADNs, I believe you have to sign a contract with them requiring you to get a BSN within a certain time frame.
    Thanks for your response! I have looked into the colorado mental health hospital in Denver, which is closer to where I want to be. Pueblo is a little too South. Also, I do really love psych, but I am torn b/c I want to get some medical skills experience and I know I will not do that as much in psych. So I am pretty open to any type of facility/unit. Do any of you know about Kindred or Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital and their friendliness to ADNs or what their facilities are like?

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