New Grad moving to Albuquerque in December - page 3

I will be a new grad moving to Albuquerque this December. Is there anyone out there that can give me any advise on what to expect? I am originally from ABQ and have family there so I really just need... Read More

  1. by   nightingale
    Quote from khendeeh
    I'm a newly grad from the Philippines.. I've heard that NM is not requiring a local board license.. I want to take NCLEX in NM but I already requested for the fingerprint card a month ago.. until now, no reply from them.... what should I do?

    Thank you and God bless!!!
    I would suggest you check in with the International Forum for the Philippines. Here is the Forum Link:

    Philippines Forum

    They should be able to answer your question. It is another Forum here on AllNurses.
  2. by   aquarius4u
    newbie here and i need inputs re: LOVELACE/ARDENT. we are seriously considering relocating to NM .Very tough decision for us since hubby also got offers that look very promising.Your input highly matters so please help!
  3. by   nightingale
    I would not recommend the facility. I have heard they are trying to close the facility but the community so badly needs it, that they are made to stay open.

    This is from a friend in the area. I hope someone chimes in who has first hand info. What is his specialty? There is a fantastic cardiac hospital in Albuquerque that might work better.
  4. by   aquarius4u
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    I would not recommend the facility. I have heard they are trying to close the facility but the community so badly needs it, that they are made to stay open.

    This is from a friend in the area. I hope someone chimes in who has first hand info. What is his specialty? There is a fantastic cardiac hospital in Albuquerque that might work better.
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    nightngale1998.. is the above post for me?
    if so , i appreciate your input!
    his field is int. med./hospitalist. BTW, what is the name of the cardiac hospital that you were talking about? currently, i am with an outpatient cardiac cardiac cath lab and want to also explore my options.
    thanks again!
  5. by   nightingale
    aquarius4u:

    Yes.

    The New Mexico Heart Hospital is great. I just went to a Cardiac Conference they put out for Health Professionals. I have worked there, as an Agency Nurse, many moons ago. I view them as professional, a leader in the cardiac field, and great staff. Presbyterian also has quite an advanced cardiac unit.

    I loved working at University Hospital; I am sure you two can choose from many excellent options in the area. I graduated from their University and from TVI's two year program also many moon agao. I love the area, food, and triculture atmosphere. Enjoy...
  6. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    Quote from aquarius4u
    newbie here and i need inputs re: LOVELACE/ARDENT. we are seriously considering relocating to NM .Very tough decision for us since hubby also got offers that look very promising.Your input highly matters so please help!
    My stepdaughter works for them in a non-medical, support capacity. I know they have been losing doctors, which in my opinion is a red flag. My SD is trying to find another job because morale is terrible. Initially, Ardent was going to close Lovelace's main facility, but now they appear to be keeping it open. They seem to be in total disarray. NOT recommended at this time!
    Last edit by Elizabeth Hanes on Aug 25, '06
  7. by   aquarius4u
    semisweetchick and nightngale 1998...
    THANKS A LOT for your inputs!! It will surely help us in deciding where to go. We are currently checking Presbyterian. We will see how it goes.
  8. by   keira
    do you know the starting pay for new mexico?
  9. by   nightingale
    It is pretty low in comparison to California and the other west and east coast states.
  10. by   keira
    hi,

    hello! i juz want to ask something...im a phil grad and doesnt have licensed yet. do you think it's ok to get new mexico as my initial licensure then later endorse to other state? do you have any idea bout endorsement, how long would it take?

    how is it going with you there in new mexico? im also planning to work there while waiting for the endorsement to other state? is it possible?

    are pay rates in general much lower in new mexico? are the people there nice? how bout the place? =)
    i dont really have any idea about new mexico. i dont have any relatives there or friends.. please hope you can help me with this...
  11. by   rpbear
    Pay may not be as low as you think. I started out at $20/hr almost 3 years ago, it has gone up some since then. I now make $27 in just 2 1/2 years. It depends on where you work, but I have got some good raises in the last few years. I am now going to be moving to Colorado and may have to take a slight pay cut.
  12. by   nightingale
    Where in Colorado? Colorado rate of pay, in my experience, is higher then NM.




    Quote from rpbear
    Pay may not be as low as you think. I started out at $20/hr almost 3 years ago, it has gone up some since then. I now make $27 in just 2 1/2 years. It depends on where you work, but I have got some good raises in the last few years. I am now going to be moving to Colorado and may have to take a slight pay cut.
  13. by   rpbear
    Quote from Nightngale
    Where in Colorado? Colorado rate of pay, in my experience, is higher then NM.

    Colorado Springs. It is only slightly lower than what I make now, but that is just the posted wages or the ones other have told me, I have no job offers with specific pay rates yet.

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