I will be graduating nursing school
with my BSN in May/2018. I currently live in one of the compact states but I am willing to move anywhere in the country. I would like to start a new-grad residency in the Operating Room. I have school loans, so pay it is important and that is another reason that I want to move as well. My family lives in South America and I would like to be able to visit them more often (where I am right now its too far and it takes about 18 hours to fly home if I am lucky, cost too much money to fly because of the other nearest airport is 7 hours away, and I have to use a lot of PTO to visit my family- I don't accumulate PTO as fast as I would like too due to the rules of the hospital).
My background as a nursing assistant consist of Med-Surg, PACU, and the OR. The city I currently live has two hospitals with Operating Room internships, but the pay is low, and you have to sign a contract. Two nurses that I work with has already recommended for me to move if I am able too because this it the main thing they regret. People don't always leave this city, and they tend to get comfortable on the low paying jobs and overworked environment. Don't get me wrong, I am hard work and will work any shifts. During my prerequisites I worked about 60 hours/week between 2 jobs + taking classes. I will do whatever it takes and love working nights and weekends.
Should I stay or should I adventure somewhere new? Do you have any suggestions of good OR residency programs around the country? What would you do? If anybody can share some personal opinions from experience, that would be great.
Thank you so much!