New grad moving to Seattle - need advice and help

  1. Hello, I was browsing through an old post regarding difficulty of finding New jobs in Seattle, but could not find answers to some of my questions.I am currently a senior at a school in Dallas, Tx and am planning on moving back to Seattle upon graduating (BSN). I was wondering since I don't graduate until May, when I should start applying for jobs in Seattle? Do I apply before I get my license? Do I get my license here then endorse there or just get it there? I'm seeing it is quite difficult to get a job since the area nursing schools competition. Does anyone know if UW does public recruitment fairs? Lots of questions, just need some guidance. Thank you in advance!!
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  3. by   kristenb234589
    I'm also in nursing school in Texas (Houston) and I'm thinking of moving to Seattle when I graduate, just for something different. Wondering what the job market is like up there for new grad RN's!
  4. by   DatMurse
    Quote from kristenb234589
    I'm also in nursing school in Texas (Houston) and I'm thinking of moving to Seattle when I graduate, just for something different. Wondering what the job market is like up there for new grad RN's!
    its bad.

    Stick to houston for a year
  5. by   babilidose
    Best advice I got was to stay where I graduated for a year. I'm from California. Stay where your instructors, contacts, and preceptors are. Leave in a year. It'll be significantly easier to find a job where you went to nursing school.
  6. by   Jwestpvamu
    I plan on moving to Seattle May 2016, I am a new nurse who works in the icu in the med center (Houston). Got my license in december..would it be hard for me to get a job at out there? how soon should i start applying? Any hospitals to recommend?
  7. by   arnwest
    I would recommend waiting at least a year, especially if you have an ICU position. I applied to several ICU positions throughout Seattle/Tacoma after about a year and a half of ICU experience (in NY) . I only heard back from the University of Washington. I interviewed with them, and they asked me to try back after I had obtained more experience. So my two cents: wait it out. Get your specialty certification (I could have done myself the favor of getting my CCRN BEFORE interviewing there). And I should mention that I only applied to staff positions, and only have my ADN. The pay wasn't that great either, especially considering the high cost of living. I obviously had my NY license, so I just endorsed. The process was really quick and easy (maybe 6 weeks before I got my temporary license, which Washington automatically gives you while your fingerprints process). Hope this helps! Good luck.
    Last edit by arnwest on Aug 1, '15
  8. by   JRNY13
    Did you move before endorsing or can you endorse while still residing at your current address?

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