any areas of US where the RN job market is better?

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I'm a new ADN grad in Vermont, and early job searching is not going well -- hospitals around here are hiring few if any new grads for lack of open positions. I think (hope?) I'll be able to get something in longterm care or a doctor's office if need be, and my hope is I can do that short-term, while I continue to pursue work in a hospital, hoping that the market will change, that I'll find some way to get my foot in the door, etc. I'm not quite ready to give up and relocate... but I'm not ruling it out at some point, if things don't turn around. My goal is to get OCN certified and work in an outpatient hem/onc setting, and I feel like neither LTC or office nursing is putting me on that path.

So my question is, are there states where it is better? I feel like I see a lot "there aren't any jobs here" posts, but not many "oh, there are PLENTY of jobs here!" posts. Anyone?

Thanks!

Drea

Specializes in EMS, ER.

Have you looked into Fletcher Allen?, I was on their website a couple hours ago and they had a posting for Graduate Nurse positions. It looks like the program is eligble for any Staff Nurse II position, although there aren't alot of Nurse II positions open for the size of the hospital......

Just don't come across the pond, no one in Northern NY is hiring at all....

Best of luck in your search

Specializes in Hematology/Oncology.

Yeah, sadly the graduate nurse recruiter at FAHC told me this week that they are "no longer scheduling graduate nurse interviews" due to lack of staff nurse II positions. All the applicants will be invited to be in a database so that "when and if" (yes, she said "if"!) there are more openings, they can be contacted for possible interview. No idea why they are still posting the GN position on the web site (though I've seen that they are).... Thanks anyway! And for the tip about NY -- was definitely thinking about it.

SwampCat, BSN

310 Posts

Specializes in Psychiatry.

Best place right now is down south. A quick search of the job openings in 25 mi radius of Miami came up with over 1100 RN positions.

If you can, maybe your best bet would be to move down south to where the market is, get the experience and cert and move back to VT when the market picks back up.

Good luck!

Specializes in EMS, ER.
Yeah, sadly the graduate nurse recruiter at FAHC told me this week that they are "no longer scheduling graduate nurse interviews" due to lack of staff nurse II positions.

I know, I check the FAHC website once in awhile and this is the first time I haven't seen dozens of jobs posted, but apparently they are still recruiting travelers very heavily as is CVPH across the lake in Plattsburgh.....IDK, must be cheaper to contract a traveller rather than hire and orient a new person :banghead:

I agree with SwampCat, there are alot more oportunities down south, it seems right now the north east US is bearing the brunt of the financial crisis. All the hospitals here in northern NY have taken massive budget cuts from the state leading to layoffs and hiring freezes ....

blueheaven

832 Posts

I have been getting requests for YEARS from facilities in Fla and Arizona. There are jobs available in the DC-Annapolis-Baltimore metro area if you wanted to stay on this side of the country. Many great teaching hospitals down here.

Specializes in Hematology/Oncology.

Thanks everyone! The DC/Baltimore area is appealing -- the NCI clinical center is down there, after all. Of course, have to talk my family into it... but you've given me some good food for thought!

gtmoore

62 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care, Quality Imp, Education.

I disagree regarding Baltimore area. There are very few openings in the Baltimore area. My hospital had 84 new nurses apply for 15 slots for the new graduate program. Most Baltimore area hospitals are on a hiring freeze.

Via Christi in Manhattan, Kansas had several pages of RN positions available!!

Manhattan is a nice city....college town located midway between topeka and salina!!

markuskristian

135 Posts

Alabama is in high demand. Here in central Alabama, Montgomery, the Baptist Health Center had over 40 RN positions open last time I checked. http://www.baptistfirst.org

Specializes in Geriatrics, Home Health.

Assuming you're near Burlington, have you looked at Burlington Health and Rehab, NMC in St. Albans, or CVMC in Barre?

blueheaven

832 Posts

I disagree regarding Baltimore area. There are very few openings in the Baltimore area. My hospital had 84 new nurses apply for 15 slots for the new graduate program. Most Baltimore area hospitals are on a hiring freeze.

I know that we are on a "hiring chill" LOL. that doesn't mean they aren't hiring, they are just not hiring as many at this time. She can always do a job site search and contact hospitals directly. Also, if you decide to come down here, do some research on areas to live! Needless to say some areas are much worse than others!!!!

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