How do I Relocate NOW????

  1. Hey y'all!
    This new grad has a huge impetus to vacate immediately!

    Bills, bills, bills! I am sure you can all relate to that. ;>)

    But I have never relocated in all my years out of state with such an imperative on time and interview(s)

    Here's my dilemma:
    I want to relocate out of state (I'm in GA, but want New England or westward)
    I'm a new grad. Licensed just this August w/ RN-BSN, and only about 8-ish weeks of orientation on a high acuity, Onc/Renal unit that was very chaotic, and stressful; just quit yesterday morn, albeit on Good terms.
    I was hoping to get my niche in Women's Healthcare, but took Onc for the experience; BIG mistake!! Hated it. Was mostly renal and wound care and I had almost no involvement w/ Onc care of these pts.
    I don't know how to get ahold of recruiters and interview out of state.
    I just lost medical insurance when I quit and many specialists to see in next 2 weeks

    How do I start the out of state process??????? I need to locate hospitals and recruiters and find out if they are hiring first off. How do I begin this? Why am I so naive after all my years? STRESS! I'm sure that's it. Confidence? Probably that too. Nothing like being told for so many weeks that I was incompetent, slow, etc...Hope this hasn' t broken me.

    Scared and alone,
    Chloe,
    RN-BSN, BA
    Last edit by Chloe'sinNYNow on Dec 6, '07 : Reason: Just crunched some numbers; I overestimated originally on time served
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   kukukajoo
    You should be able to elect COBRA coverage to see the docs in the next few weeks. You can carry it a month, two, up to eighteen months I think.

    As far as relocating, you should really start the process of getting license in state you want to work in unless GA is a compact state then you can work in NH I am certain. Other NE states I am not sure of.

    If you are interested in NH, you can go to the BON website and upload their newsletters from the past. They always have ads from hospitals, etc. that are searching for employess.

    Best wishes to you on new career and upcoming relocation.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Slow down and take a deep breath. And seriously think of what you are wishing to do. It is going to be impossible for you to get a license and be able to start work someplace in the next couple of weeks or so and suspect that you need to begin work earlier.

    You have to take into account finding a job, but more importantly, getting a license in the new state before you can begin to work. Add into it that it is the holiday season coming up and you are not going to see many that are going to wish to hire before the holidays are over so that they do not need to pay you for the holidays since you will not be included in their count, but in orientation at that time. Expensive for them to do that. Next, with only two months of experience, many are still going to want you to go thru their new grad program for you to get the experience in their facility.

    If you need to work immediately, you are better off looking for something where you are, you do not need to move and have more bills because of that, and you already have a license in your state.

    One more word of advice, and one that you are not going to want to hear: you are not going to find many that will hire at this time, and if they are it is only because they are desparate, so that does not make for a good environment for you to start in. Also trying to find new housing at this time of year is tough as well as many will not move again until after the holidays because of them.

    How quickly are you wanting to move?
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from kukukajoo
    You should be able to elect COBRA coverage to see the docs in the next few weeks. You can carry it a month, two, up to eighteen months I think.

    As far as relocating, you should really start the process of getting license in state you want to work in unless GA is a compact state then you can work in NH I am certain. Other NE states I am not sure of.

    If you are interested in NH, you can go to the BON website and upload their newsletters from the past. They always have ads from hospitals, etc. that are searching for employess.

    Best wishes to you on new career and upcoming relocation.
    If she moves her residence, then the compact part of any license becomes null and void. States so right on the license. This is a mis-conception that many have, but if you move your legal residence then the license is only valid in that one state, no longer for any of the others. So license endorsement is going to be required no matter what.
  6. by   kukukajoo
    I just looked and GA is not a compact state. But look at all the states you can work in if you get a license in a compact state! https://www.ncsbn.org/158.htm

    So the first move is to get going and begin to transfer your license to the state you want to move to.

    If you do choose, NH please let me know as I have lived all over this state.
  7. by   kukukajoo
    Suzanne is right. I didn't mean to mislead. But if you are thinking of relocating you can activate the multi state part if you are in a compact state and that only takes $5.00 ans
  8. by   kukukajoo
    Suzanne is right. I didn't mean to mislead. But if you are thinking of relocating you can activate the multi state part if you are in a compact state and that only takes $5.00 and a few mouse clicks. Then she can actually go work in a state and see if she likes it before she decides to stay. If she does decide to stay she can then begin the process of transferring her license. Much easier and less costly if she lands somewhere and does not like it.
  9. by   snowfreeze
    I may be incorrect on the compact state issue but as far as I know, if you are originally licensed in a non compact state you must maintain that license for the rest of ever. You also do not get a compact state license that can be transferred if you chose to move to another state.
  10. by   Chloe'sinNYNow
    Thanks for all this advice you two!!!
    I hadn't yet breathed (thanks Suzanne!) and have no idea what is written on my license as it is a tiny lil thing that sits in my wallet and I dare not remove it!

    So tell me y'all, what is a "compact state"?

    Not sure bout NH, but it's certainly not out of the running. I'm thinking Albany, NY area. What do you know of it these days? I was born there a lifetime ago.

    I hear wonderful things about AMC and St. Peter's Hosp. (that's where I was born)

    Suz, I barely have enough funds to get through the next 2-3 mos as I was finally getting on my feet.

    Chloe
  11. by   Chloe'sinNYNow
    Well I looked up the NLC and it appears that not my current state of GA, nor NYS is a participating state. Sooooooooooooo, what does it take to get that reciprocity state licensure and does it mean I have to relinquish my current license or will I then be licensed in 2 states?

    Also, is it fee-based or will I have to retest the NCLEX (GULP!!!) ?

    Chloe
  12. by   caliotter3
    Don't know a lot about endorsing licenses or the compact states, but do know this. You can hold as many licenses as you wish to keep on paying the fees for. You don't have to relinquish any license. That is up to you. Many nurses keep several licenses, I suppose, those that do traveling. You never know when you might want to return.

    As far as your relocation, you need to get in your mind that getting a license in any other state is going to have a time frame to it and you are talking about working around the holidays. Don't expect any govt types to move fast and furious around this time. You really need to get some temporary job now to tide you over until you have more concrete plans in place. Otherwise, very soon you will find yourself without funds. Good luck.
  13. by   caliotter3
    Forgot to say that you only have to take the NCLEX once unless you let your license expire for too many years. Varies by state.
  14. by   Chloe'sinNYNow
    This all sounds like the advice I need to get started.

    Thanks y'all!

    Chloe

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