Recent ASN grad -- Perfect time to follow my dream and relocate across the country? - page 2

Hello, everyone! Iíve been a long time reader of but this is my first time posting. Iím looking for advice/suggestions. Hereís my story: About three weeks ago I graduated from an ASN program in Indiana, and Iím... Read More

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    TheCommuter, $2,000 was the minimum goal; it'll probably be around $3,000. I agree with your comment, but I'll deliver pizzas if that's all I can find.

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    Quote from christophermiles
    Hello everyone! OK, so I posted this in the General forum and am now posting here to see what Washingtonians think. I just graduated from an ASN program in Indiana and now have the perfect opportunity to leave and follow my lifelong dream of moving to Seattle or a surrounding city (anywhere from Bellingham to Tacoma). I'm a single, 33-year-old guy who has lived his entire life playing it safe, avoiding risk at all cost. I'm apprehensive about making the move because I've read countless posts here about how tight the Seattle nursing market is, especially for inexperienced RNs. But I'm afraid if I don't make the move now I'll end up taking a job and finding myself stuck in the Midwest. My greatest fear is looking back on my life and regretting my decision to play it safe and avoid the move.

    So what do you think? Any comments are appreciated! Thank you!

    I say go for it, start applying to jobs Seattle and realize you may have to initially take a job you don't want but as time goes by you will be able to move into the area of nursing you really want. Good Luck
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    A new grad from my area, in Eastern WA, really wanted an ICU position and ended up finding one in Tacoma after finding out that the ICUs here are well staffed and not hiring new grads.
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    3K is completely inadequate to be honest, unless you are just one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants people anyway or if you only like ramen noodles and efficiency apartments in bad parts of town and you don't own a car and like to walk. Have you done up a budget of what it takes you to live where you are right now? What do you pay in rent now? What does rent cost in a similar type of place in a similar type of neighborhood in the Sea-Tac area? How much do you spent on groceries per week? Personal upkeep like haircuts? Vehicle maintenance such as tires and oil changes? Pet care? Entertainment? Gas? Utilities? Insurance? What about the cost of the move itself? If you don't have much stuff, then the cost of getting stuff? What about medications if you take any and a way to deal with it if you incur medical expenses or any other unexpected snafus? Have you compared the cost of living where you are versus there? How long could you survive on $3000 where you are right now without any other income coming in? Because to do this smart, you need to plan it as if you won't have any other income, as it is possible to likely for at least a few months, you won't.

    The way the economy is, even getting positions delivering pizzas can be difficult right now and certainly would not pay enough to supplement a nest egg of only $3000. Honestly you need more than twice that much to make this work if you don't want to live feeling as if the wolf is at the door, preferably three to four times that much. If you put pen to paper you will readily see that. You sound like you have a very good head on your shoulders. Do the dirty work of researching this out, writing out a realistic budget (don't avoid putting stuff on there telling yourself you just won't ever go to the movies/golfing/hunting/fishing or whatever your personal thing is, that you'll stop cutting your hair or eating fish twice a week or whatever lifestyle you are used to living) and then make a plan. There is no reason at all you can't make this happen - just perhaps not right this second.
    Last edit by not.done.yet on Jan 4, '12
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    i loved seattle when i lived there, but it is not cheap and if you don't have a job to go to, then don't think you can just fly into seatac and get started. think about going out for a week or two, live cheap at the downtown y if you have to, rent a car to travel tacoma-bellingham, and check out all the options. your "cushion" would be better spent on that if it got you set up for an actual move.
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    I did it! (after graduating from an ASN program in Indiana, in fact)
    Start the process of getting your Washington nursing license, then get those applications sent!!!

    edited to add... I moved hundreds of miles to another state, but not to Washington
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    I graduated last May, and due to the nursing economy in the Twin Cities, I was planning on moving. I looked into Alaska, Washington state, California, Texas and North Carolina. I ended up gunning for NC... come to think about, that all started about a year ago. I made two trips down there to do some networking, arranging housing for myself and my horse, scouted out the area a little bit... etc. Had everything planned - except for the part where I got offered a job up here in MN If you want to move, I would say go for it... I would just do some networking first.
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    I say do it! You only live once! I actually live in the Tacoma area but for me its too cold. I'll be moving once I am done with school. I know that for me, I want to be able to have experienced the things I have talked about doing instead of just dreaming (if that makes sense). Anyway, point is you don't have anything holding you back but yourself so do what your hear desires.
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    I live in Tacoma (originally from southern IL). For some of the bigger hiring entities, you really need at least a year's experience - for example, Multicare hires for several of the area's main hospitals (Mary Bridge Children's, Tacoma General, etc). They do occasionally hire new grads for externships, but they can be difficult to win . However, there are several agencies that do home health, clinic, LTC, etc hiring and welcome new grads. I don't necessarily think its an impossible job market here, but if you have a very specific area of nursing you're wanting to get into, you may find it helpful to broaden that scope. I would certainly send inquiry letters to any of the hospitals you're interested in right away; you may have a bit better luck if you go ahead and get your Washington license though, too. Good luck in whatever you decide!
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    The two separate discussions have been merged into one.
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