I'm graduating from nursing school this May. I've been a nurse tech at a local hospital for a year and they just offered me a job after graduation. I also have an interview next week for Vanderbilt. My question is, do you think it's a good idea for new grads to relocate that far away from home in the beginning?
Nursing is one of the few professions where it seems people don't expect to have to relocate to find that first job. Whether it's a good idea is something that's going to have to be decided on an individual basis.
I agree that this is a very individual basis situation. Have you traveled by yourself before? Do you have family close by that would be hard to move away from? Are you an adventurer that is comfortable settling in a new city by yourself or do you get homesick easily? I personally don't see issues with relocating as a new grad, but you will want to make sure you have access to a support system via phone/Facebook etc. and also good stress management techniques to help cope with new grad stresses.
I made the choice to relocate for my first nursing position. I made the choice after applying for several months for positions and not getting any responses for full time employment. It can be very difficult as a new nurse to not only start a new career but also have to get used to living in a completely new location far away from friends and family. I would say that you should thoroughly research the area you are planning to move to. Where would you wish to live? Would your employer assist you with relocating? What is the weather like? What do people do for fun? Will you have a long commute? What is the cost of living? How long can you see yourself remaining in the area? Have you ever left home before? Will you be able to go without seeing friends and family for any extended period? As a new nurse you are already going to be going through varying emotions and stressful situations, and getting used to being in not only a new work environment but also a new living environment can be very difficult for some. I was fortunate to have my significant other with me when I moved, and with FaceTime and regular phone calls I can keep up with family. If it is going to bother you greatly to be away from what is going on at home, then it may not be for you.
I chose to move several states away (to a state where I didnt know anyone) for my first nursing job. It was a matter of priorities. I very much wanted to get into a residency program for pediatrics or critical care, and that wasn't available where I lived. For me, those career goals were a higher priority than staying local. I think its a personal decision...what are your priorities?
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