Honestly I am posting this for my boyfriend. He is a new graduate and we are hoping to relocate to MN/WI. Both of us are concerned with the job market, which seems rough everywhere. He is taking his boards soon and will have his license by mid to late August. A little info about him... RWJ scholar, Graduate of the accelerated nursing program at Jefferson University, Graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude I believe), Previous hospital experience as a Unit Secretary (Memorial Hospital NY). Does he have a chance of finding a job? If so, how long do you think it will take for him to find work? Any reccomendations on where to apply? We are most likely going to be living in Ellsworth WI (on the boarder of MN) He is going to apply to work in both states, and is willing to commute long distance if necessary.
St Joseph's is part of healtheast which includes Woodwinds and Bethesda and St. Johns. They only hire new grads twice a year and the last round they only hired a total of 8 new grads for their entire system. Guess how many apply - hundreds upon hundreds! Regions hasn't had any new grads posting in several months besides labor and delivery ironically and there were only 2. MN/WI has one of the best healthcare systems and a TON of nursing schools - economy is just as bad here as it is most places and because the pay and working conditions are great in MN/WI nurses come in droves. New grads are having a VERY hard time unless they have a really good connection (i.e. they precepted on the floor, they have a friend high up or a family member in the in). Most of my nursing class do not have jobs and they are from MN. I think the only reason he has somewhat of a chance is because he is a guy and honestly male nurses get affirmative action around most parts, haha. My suggestion -apply into the MAYO healthcare system - they accept more new grads than most places.
Last edit by esunada on Jul 27, '12