Hi all! I'll briefly sum up my story
I'm a nursing student graduating in December who desperately wants to come home to my native Seattle/Bellevue area and work as an RN somewhere in Western WA (I say somewhere cause I'll pretty much drive anywhere to have a job at home haha). I am a student in an BSN nursing program at a small college in Michigan, where I have maintained a 4.0 GPA, work as an care aide on a general acute care Cardiac floor at the local hospital throughout nursing school, and had an externship this past summer at Mayo Clinic. I will be completing my senior preceptorship/Capstone clinical in an ICU at Swedish's First Hill campus. Please note, I'm not trying to go on about myself - just hoping to give you all an idea of my possible strong points for a job... I have the option of applying to Mayo Clinic for various jobs, starting in October, but while Mayo Clinic itself is an excellent hospital, Seattle/Bellevue is where my home/heart/family/ is. In short, I really, really want to come home. :heartbeat
As I begin to look into Seattle-area RN positions I've notice that they all expect a license. I would like to apply prior to graduation & taking the NCLEX (Mayo allows me to do this) but it seems like that is not possible in Washington hospitals. Furthermore, I have heard that it is extremely difficult to get an job in Western WA, especially as an new grad who hasn't worked as a care aide within the local hospitals. I do have an Bellevue, WA permanent address to apply with but am I worried that by waiting until I've taken my NCLEX (and passing up possible jobs at Mayo) I'm taking an gamble on a near-impossible Seattle-area job market for an new grad RN. Also, since I have student loans I know I need a job very soon after graduation. Does anyone have any advice, or insight as to my chances or ways of improving my chances? Thank you so very much for any advice!!