Wow. I'm shocked to hear that South Jersey supposedly has more openings than North Jersey. I graduated last year and, while I was lucky to find a hospital job, MANY of my friends STILL don't have jobs, or accepted temporary, per diem-type jobs giving flu shots, working per diem (no bennies or regular hours) at Ancora, etc. It's true.
It seems like unless you know someone, or worked in the hospital in a different capacity before/during nursing school
, you were left out in the cold. I don't like my job and it's not the specialty I want to be in, but I am grateful for it, and the learning expeirences it has provided me. HOWEVER, I do find the hospitals down here to be extremely "cliquey" and somewhat wary and unaccepting of "outsiders" (which I am, having been transplanted here several years ago from a far-away state, due to my husband's job transfer). Also, I find that a lot of the people who work in my hospital (docs and nurses) are kinda "too big for their britches..." like they think they're brilliantly smart, etc. Truth is, in our po-dunk little rural-ish hospital, the kinds of patients we see in our ICUs are probably comparable in acuity to the patients on the med-surg floors of Philly hospitals.
By all means, give it a shot. A job's a job. But I, for one, can't wait to get outta south Jersey as a nurse! Best of luck to you!