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

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    Hello, everyone! I've been a long time reader of but this is my first time posting. I'm looking for advice/suggestions. Here's my story:

    About three weeks ago I graduated from an ASN program in Indiana, and I'm looking to take NCLEX within 1-2 weeks (still waiting for my authorization to test). I'm a single, 33-year-old guy with no kids whose lifelong dream has been to live in the Seattle area (anywhere from Tacoma to Bellingham), and I feel I'm now in a unique position to finally make the move. Some of my friends and family think I'm crazy to make such a move without first visiting the area and lining things up, but here's my side: My entire life I've been a better-safe-than-sorry individual, afraid to take any risk without first knowing all the potential consequences and benefits. And I'm afraid if I find a job here in Indiana, I'll be stuck here. My greatest fear is looking back at my life and regretting I played it safe and ditched my dream.

    So what do you think? With the job market being what it is, am I setting myself up for failure? I feel as if I'm looking for someone to give me a reason to stay rather than go. ANY comments are appreciated!


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    Go ahead and follow your dreams of moving to the Seattle area. However, I seriously would attempt to secure employment in Washington state before relocating. If you move without a job, you'll take the very real chance of being unemployed for a year or longer because the Seattle metro area is afflicted with a glut of inexperienced nurses.
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    Yep, I would start looking hard for work out there and wait to move until you have a written job offer. Other than that bit of conservative (but truly necessary) planning, go for it. It is a lovely area of the country to live in, but not if you are struggling to make ends meet and trying to figure out what comes next if work is not forthcoming.
    TheCommuter and christophermiles like this.
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    Thanks, not.done.yet and TheCommuter. I'm now beginning to think it might be better to find something (assuming "something" exists) in Indianapolis, get at least a year under my belt, then move. I've read other posts in which applicants believed they were slighted because they did not live in the state they were applying. Is that accurate?
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    It can be. There is definitely not much relocation assistance available anymore and flying out to interview would be on your own buck, not theirs. Some employers just have a big enough pool of applicants locally, particularly new grads, to not need to consider those from out of state. It is one criteria they can use to weed through the moutains of applications. That being said, there ARE new nurses getting hired out of state. It just depends on the employer, the area, the state itself, the way the wind is blowing, etc. Good luck to you!
    christophermiles likes this.
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    Depends how adventurous you are and what your financial resources are. If you have a financial cushion, or can borrow one from family I say go! Find a living situation on Craigslist, get a job - any job - then look for a nursing position while you get to know the lay of the land. This way you can network, see what part of town you would ideally like to settle and be physically available for interviews. Think of it as an adventure.

    It's not impossible to live on the cheap if you are not already saddled with debt. Live your life!

    Good luck.
    christophermiles likes this.
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    Thanks for the comment, PintheD! My goal was to leave with at least $2,000. Do you think that would be sufficient cushion?
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    The way I look at it, you should go ahead and go. Three months from now you could be unemployed or employed and settled, just as well there, as where you are now. So what is the difference, and what better time to make a move? Good luck.
    christophermiles likes this.
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    To be straightforward, $2000 is not much of a cushion at all. You will want to have enough money for at least 6 months worth of living expenses in the event that you do not find a job immediately upon arriving in your new state.
    lindarn, Multicollinearity, GrnTea, and 1 other like this.
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    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!

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