After quite the traumatic nursing school
experience, I have completed my BSN and am officially licensed as of last week!
As much as I have anticipated this moment, I am a little overwhelmed.
In a nutshell--I am currently staying with a friend in PA (where I went to school and am currently licensed) while I job search
. While she has repeatedly told me I can stay as long as I need, I want to get a job lined up and find a place of my own asap.
This is challenging for several reasons: 1) I am torn between moving back closer to my family (in SC) and going to a city I could really see myself in (San Diego, LA, Austin, Denver, or Tampa are most ideal..) 2) If I do move to one of those cities, I have to go through the battle of finding a good roommate, yet again (anyone in my boat, message me, I met my nursing school roommates on here after all lol) 3) Finding a reputable new grad residency program is hard 4) Finding a grad residency program in the ICU is ESP hard 5) Finding a reputable hospital system is hard (I have applied to several StaRN programs thru HCA healthcare but have lost interest after reading all of the horrifying posts on here)
HELPPPPPPPP. Advice? Anyone currently in/was in similar shoes? Is it even possible to get a job as a new RN in Cali if you're not already there or a travel nurse?
Dec 13, '17
I dunno why that first poster is being so bleak. My class graduated in May and more than half of us have either started working already or will be starting soon (Bay Area). I definitely wouldn't move to CA without already having a job lined up, though, that would just be silly.
Last edit by absolutelybored on Dec 13, '17