States with the most nursing positions?

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    I'm trying to plan ahead, so I was wondering which states have the most available nursing positions for new grads?

    I already know the answer is that there really aren't that many anywhere, but I feel confident that I'm passionate and intelligent enough to make it. Currently, I'm studying at Georgia State University for my BSN, so I still have a few years before I'll even be looking. Crossing my fingers that the economy starts doing a flip in the other direction pretty darn soon. Nonetheless, I DO want to plan as much as I can. I'm fortunate enough to be surrounded by hospitals where I live in Atlanta, but I've wanted to move for the last 5 years. Anyone have any idea about this question, or is it a bit too difficult to give an answer to? Thanks, guys!
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    PA has like the 3rd largest elderly population - there are always LOTS of jobs here!!
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    That's really fantastic to know, actually! My uncle is a neurosurgeon in PA, so I was considering talking with him about the hospital he works at... I'm sure it can't hurt to know someone! I was thinking PA, Boston, or New York... wish there were more jobs on the west coast, because much of my family lives in Los Angeles. I may stay in Atlanta for a bit and work at Grady if possible for experience.

    Still, despite all of the negative talk concerning job availability, I feel like I'm much more likely to find one with this path than with my prior one.
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    Texas, because the state is huge and there are A LOT of hospitals here! It's a tough market for new grads regardless of where you are at this moment. I would suggest looking outside of major cities, because those seem to be flooded with new grads competing against each other. I work for a medium-sized hospital outside of a major city.
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    Not Florida that is for sure!
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    Not Illinois. Texas is good. I went to nursing school in Texas, everyone I graduated with in Dec 2010 has a job now. That's pretty good considering the situation.
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    Quote from chicago_RN
    Not Illinois. Texas is good. I went to nursing school in Texas, everyone I graduated with in Dec 2010 has a job now. That's pretty good considering the situation.

    Any suggestions on good locations in Texas?
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    My classmates who were from Houston and set on going back there had a little tougher time, so Houston is a little more stiff. But I think by now ( 6 mo after grad) they still all found jobs. But the Dallas/Fort Worth area is pretty good, many of the hospitals have no problem with hiring new grads. Some I would recommend are Baylor Health System (a system of 6 hospitals), Presbytarian, Methodist, Parkland, Children's Medical Center, UT Southwestern (they are big on GPA), Medical City, Cook Children's in Ft. Worth, and then there are also good hospitals in the north subburbs like Plano and McKinney. A couple of my classmates went to work at Scott & White in Temple (a great teaching hospital half way between Austin and Dallas). And then some still went to Waco and are working at Providence Hospital or Hillcrest. I know a few got jobs in Austin but I think its a little more competitive than Dallas. Dell Children's is a good one in Austin. Hope this helps. I lived in TX for 5 years before moving to Illinois (should have stayed the job market is far better there), so if you have any more questions feel free to ask.
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    Thanks Breezy7 for asking this question! I just graduated with my BSN and I want to get out of NY, but I am having a hard time finding jobs to apply to.
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    Quote from Twinmom06
    PA has like the 3rd largest elderly population - there are always LOTS of jobs here!!
    Any PA hospitals you would recommend? Thanks in advance!


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