Quote from Nurse0320
Hello I am a new grad nurse and would like to move to the DMV area. I prefer Northern Virginia like Arlington or Fairfax. I have done some research and the question I would like to ask is how can a nurse survive the cost of living in Northern Virginia? Also are there any head hunters or agency I can contact? Who hires new grads? Any info would help. I am a single parent with a child in elementary school. Any insight on great elementary schools? Thank you.
Is there a reason you are moving here without having a job lined up? Reason being the D.C. area job market is a tough market. Many area hospitals are hiring BSN only, so hopefully you at least have your BSN. I would look and see if any hospitals are still taking applications for their summer new grad programs, but I know some hospitals are already done taking applications because they get hundreds of apps in the first week.
Head hunters or nurse agencies are interested in experienced nurses, not new grads. Without experience you have no chance of getting an agency job as you will get no orientation to speak of
I would look at area hospitals in DC, MD, and VA. I would also look at Kaiser, nursing homes, psych hospitals. I know for a while St. Ann's in D.C. was hiring new grads
The cost of living really isn't hard to make work. Most new grad positions start at $24-$26/hr, plus shift differentials for off shifts. When I first moved here I had a large 1 bedroom apt for $900/month, so it is definitely possible to make it work. Since you are looking at Fairfax housing can be a little cheaper the farther out you go.