New Grad RN considering moving to SC, advice?

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    Sooo I'm a new grad RN in the good ol' state of California and opportunities here are pathetic! I shouldn't even say opportunities...

    Anyways, I'm considering SC now. Do you know how hospitals consider out of state licenses? Also, do nurse recruiters pick up their phones? Going about job applications here in CA is a pain and most nurse recruiters are always too busy to call back, respond to e-mails, or pick up their phone. It is seriously exhausting and disheartening sometimes... I've given up a bit here. Enough of the ranting. So how is nursing in SC? Are there nursing unions and patient ratios like CA? Should I be calling nursing recruiters and will they help me out? Any advice/info would be great Thanks!
    Last edit by tashacorinne on Jul 7, '11 : Reason: Add information

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    which are of SC are you interested in?
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    I've mainly been looking near the coastline. Charleston would be a dream because I love that city, but I'm willing to go outside of that. I don't really know SC that well... I did apply at Beaufort and saw some positions open at a hospital near Myrtle Beach.
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    Quote from tashacorinne
    I've mainly been looking near the coastline. Charleston would be a dream because I love that city, but I'm willing to go outside of that. I don't really know SC that well... I did apply at Beaufort and saw some positions open at a hospital near Myrtle Beach.
    The job market is pretty rough for new grads here in Charleston. The have a technical college that graduate at least 80 twice a year and 2 BSN colleges that graduates once i think. When I graduated back in 2008, I had to go out of state to get a position. One of the interviews I went on. The manager stated that they get at least 60 applications for each position they have posted. My advice is not to move until you know for sure you have a job lined up. Some of my classmates back then said it took them close to 6 months to find a position. I work with a young lady now that graduated in December and she had to take a prn position until something full time become available and I believe that is because she was a PA prior. Otherwise it is extremely hard to find a position.

    Hope this helps,

    Shawn
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    Quote from tashacorinne
    So how is nursing in SC? Are there nursing unions and patient ratios like CA?
    California is the only state in the entire U.S. that has legally mandated nurse/patient ratios. The other 49 states do not have any ratio laws at this time.

    In addition, SC is a Southeastern state. The states in the Southeast U.S. are generally biased against unionization, so you are most likely not going to find any unionized hospitals in SC.
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    trimeduRN (or Shawn),

    Thanks for the info! Are there any other areas you know of in SC that are not as impacted?
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    TheCommunter,

    I was mainly wondering if SC keeps decent nurseatient ratios and don't overwork their nurses. I was also wondering how the nurses are treated in general. I know it all depends on where you are and the hospital... I'm just wondering if its any different than CA (besides the ratio law).


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