I recently graduated with my Bach's in Nursing in Florida and am interested in moving to NYC. I passed my NCLEX and have recently starting working in a psychiatric ward in a state hospital as a charge nurse(this month). I have a few questions regarding a move to NYC I was hoping you all could help with! By the way, getting to NYC as soon as possible is my goal. I understand it would be safer to get a years worth of experience under my belt in FL before trying to make the move, especially if I want a specific department, but I am aggressively trying to get there....even if it means extending the job search and hanging it out there a bit.
1. How difficult would it be to find a job in NYC without having a year of experience under my belt? Will I get turned away at the door? I am looking specifically at Psychiatric nursing and would be open to working in private clinics as well. Also, Im aware the job search could take longer if I hold out for it.
2. If moving to NYC is my ultimate goal, and assuming I had a place to live for a few months, how beneficial would it be to live in NYC while I job search as opposed to doing it from FL? Im assuming it would help out TREMENDOUSLY, I guess I am just curious as to how quickly I might be able to land a job if I am actively looking in the city vs from afar?
3. If my apartment is in Manhattan, do you guys have any recommendations as to which hospitals might be within an hour and a half commute? That's about the max I would like to commute before thinking about moving to another borough.
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated, so feel free to throw in your two cents!