I'm currently an ADN working in a LTC-subactue nursing home in NJ. Have about three years experience now. I'm planning to move to one of the South states: Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas. Whichever place I can find a hospital position. I'm in the process of applying for the licenses of these states, knowing it would be advantage to have a license in hand first.
I'm single, no family, have enough savings for at least one year without working. My questions is: Should I apply jobs online in NJ, only to move after securing a hospital offer? or should I quit my NJ nursing home job first, move to one of the southern states physically, and then look for a hospital job locally there?
I'm afraid that staying in NJ and applying online will hurt my chances, but also worry about moving first to a place that I know nobody and then find no jobs will get me depressed.