Hi everyone. I am a new grad RN who has been unable to find a position in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I moved in August 2012 after finishing nursing school in July 2012 to be with my fiance. I have a BSN degree from Johns Hopkins and hold a California RN license as well as a newly acquired Maryland license. I have recently also applied for an Alabama RN license. I am ACLS-certified and had a good GPA (3.73).
I've basically exhausted every outlet for trying to find a job in the Bay Area and really want to start my nursing career in acute care nursing. I decided to move back East about 10 days ago. I am currently in the Montgomery, AL region.
I'd love to hear advice about where you think it's best to find a job as a "new grad RN" who has been out of school almost a year. Being out of school a year in California without landing a job is normal, but people here aren't seeming to understand that very well.
I would like to know you all's opinions about the following questions:
1) Would experience in any
acute care setting help me to secure an RN position in the Bay Area eventually? Meaning, does it look a lot better to future employers if I work at a Magnet-designated or teaching hospital as opposed to more of community-based hospital?
2) Which area of nursing would give me a higher chance of finding a position in 1-2 years in the Bay Area? (I am most interested in either cardiac step-down/telemetry or HIV/infectious diseases inpatient). I did my senior internship on a progressive cardiac care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and loved it. I am open to lots of options.
3) Does location of the hospital matter a lot in terms of making myself more marketable for California eventually? I am considering staying in Alabama for the experience since I could live with my parents. It's either Alabama or Maryland at this point.
Thanks so much for your input everyone, I would really appreciate it! This is my first post so I apologize if it's too long...thank you for reading.