I'm in my last semester of my ADN program and will be graduating in May
(woohoo!). I'm graduating from a school in MN, but I don't plan on staying in MN after graduation. My SO and I love to travel, and are both very interested in living in another state in the US for a couple years at least. We're pretty open to any options, but our top picks are CA, NV, FL, OR, AZ, TX, CO, and WA. I know CA is super non-friendly to new grads, so that's basically out already.
I'm just wondering, how do I even begin to go about applying to jobs out of state
? I'm planning on taking my boards in MN and then transferring my license to whatever state I get a job in. Is that how it usually works? I would then like to work for a year to gain state residency, and go back for my BSN next fall. Should I just take my boards in MN, and then send out a ton of applications across the country and go from there? I just really am not sure how this whole license thing works with out of state jobs, especially as a new grad.
Thanks for your help!!
EDIT: Another option I've been looking at is taking my boards in WI, since they are part of the nursing license compact, which would automatically give me license in 23 other states.