Hello, I am a licensed nurse and will graduate from Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI in December 2010 with an associates degree in nursing. I will sit for my NCLEX at sometime in January. I plan to move to Las Cruces, NM shortly thereafter. Please tell me about the employment opportunities in Las Cruces for new graduate RN's. What experiences do you have at the hospitals in the area? Do new graduate nurses work with a preceptor for training? I am also interested in knowing the average starting wages, sign on and retention bonuses. Do the hospitals encourage on-going education and help to pay for this education? Are there any incentives for housing?
Based on what I see on the internet, housing appears to be reasonably priced and abundant. Please comment.