Moving Missouri to Boston, MA. Do you need BSN to work at most major hospitals there

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    I'm moving in abouta year and a half from small town in Missouri to Boston, MA. Can someone tell me what most major hospitals require as a nurse. LPN? RN? Or BSN? What is the average salary of a starting RN on a Med Surg floor in a major hospital in the area. Any living recommendations that are close by any of those hospitals? Do they offer many incentives or contracts to sign with them?
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    It is pretty competitive here. I don't want to say it is impossible to work in a hospital without a BSN, but it will definitely be a challenge. I know a few hospitals that won't even look at you without a BSN. Do you have experience? If you do that will be a big help, if not you will have a difficult time getting into a hospital (LTC and home care are a different story).
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    I believe new grad RNs are required to have a BSN my most, if not all of the Boston area hospitals. The Boston RN market is saturated and it is very unlikely you will find any kind of sign-on bonus, relocation assistance, etc. Since you have a year and a half, lots could change but I doubt it. If you want to live anywhere near Boston proper, count on paying a lot to live, park a car, etc. I've travelled around nursing for four years, if you have specific questions, feel free to PM me.
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    Quote from HDFXDWGRN
    I've travelled around nursing for four years, if you have specific questions, feel free to PM me.
    Have you worked for any hospital in Florida?
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    Have you worked for any hospital in Florida?
    Never in FL, I've heard far more bad stories than good ones about the poor staffing there.
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    Quote from HDFXDWGRN
    Never in FL, I've heard far more bad stories than good ones about the poor staffing there.
    Yes, well that is why I was asking you. I cannot find work here in South Florida, so I have been contemplating looking in Tampa or further up, but have not clue where is the best hospital to even try.
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    Quote from SENSUALBLISSINFL
    Yes, well that is why I was asking you. I cannot find work here in South Florida, so I have been contemplating looking in Tampa or further up, but have not clue where is the best hospital to even try.
    Georgetown University Hospital in DC was a great place to work if you want to go that far north.
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    Thanks HD, but I need to stay in Florida. Will keep looking.
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    If you don't have a BSN I bet money that not a single hospital in the actual city of Boston will hire you.... If you don't have a BSN you will have a very very difficult time finding employment in the surrounding hospitals outside of the city too... But there is a small chance, and you must enroll within a certain time frame in a BSN program to be employed with an associates.

    If you have an LPN good luck. You might be able to work in a doc office? Maybe... But def not a floor or any sort of speciality.

    A year and a half might as well be no experience here.... Just being honest really..

    My suggestion is apply to small community hospitals in a 20 to 40 mile radius outside of the city... Apply for everything and don't be picky.

    Good luck!!!! Saturate that market with apps! Don't get discouraged. It's hard out there
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    Thank you for all input - it's all great whether you think it is good or bad. I'm doing a lot of planning being a single father with two kiddies. Making sure I have it all figured out before I make the move. Basically, I am wanting to continue on in school, hopefully med school but I'm needing to make about $105,000/ year with RN or BSN to get where I want to be. I know the schools are great out there and I want to be apart of it.. I hope to continue to keep getting feedback. Thank You all.


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