Miami-Dade / Broward Job Market

  1. Let me preface this with I AM going to do this, it's just a matter of how. It's also a matter of being realistic and prepared with my expectations. I know the job market is poor for new grads. That's nothing new. I've seen the posts. I haven't seen anything recently about the Miami-Dade / Broward county job market. Does anyone have any feedback?

    I am finishing up my sciences and plan to begin nursing school next year (God willing). It will be about 2-3 years before I grad. with my associates. Then (again, God willing) into the job market. I plan on continuing for my BSN for another year while I'm working as a nurse. Then on to MSN. Possibly PhD later on.

    I know I should get a job as a tech or CNA before graduation. I have the certs, just can't survive on the pay ($8.50/hr - ish. I am the sole support for my 3 year old and my McJob will just have to do for now since it pays around 13-14. boo.). If basic expenses weren't hanging in the balance, I would take a cut in pay no problem to do what I love.

    So, I will be working my McJob because although not ideal, it is what will pave my way through school. I will make as many contacts as I can in the med field. Of course, I will be trolling for ANY job that will remotely cover my expenses in the med field in the time between now and graduation.

    I enjoyed LTC while in CNA clinicals, so I am open to that. I'm open to ANYTHING to get my foot in the door as far as units or specialties when I start nursing. I can take time to move into my dream position later, after I've actually started nursing. The only thing I don't think I could handle is the 7p-7a shift. I had to work that for my current job for a year and it just does not work with having to care for my little girl. I all but missed out on her infancy because of that shift. (

    If I am open to ANYTHING besides overnights, do you think it is feasable to get a job in the miami-dade / broward area as a new grad?
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  3. by   LegacyJS
    When you say nursing do you mean LPN or RN?
  4. by   Jmiami
    I would be an RN (ADN) with the intention of working towards my BSN, then MSN. I would like to hear LPN comments as well, since that pathway to RN may be an option for me in the future. Ideally, I'd like to go straight to an ADN program. However, if I need to I will obtain my LPN, then RN. It's just a matter of what opportunities are open to me.