best US State to start nursing career for new grads


I'm a licensed RN here in California but doesnt have any working experience yet. i'm thinking of moving into other locations or states where there are higher new grad/ new rn hiring opportunities.. nursing here in california is too crowded :(

Need some advices please ..


205 Posts

my guess would be texas


49 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg.

indianapolis, indiana!

Specializes in Family Medicine. Has 13 years experience.

The Dakotas, especially the North one.

tyvin, BSN, RN

1,620 Posts

Specializes in Hospice / Psych / RNAC.

I just heard that CA is the place to be; it certainly isn't Hawaii. That's what I get for reading ads. I heard New York as well but I think I'm reading too many advertisements for traveling nurses. It's really being in the right place at the right time; and it doesn't hurt to know a few people.

I believe the question is; where do you want to live?

roser13, ASN, RN

6,504 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.
indianapolis, indiana!

Just curious - why Indy?


94 Posts

Specializes in Med-surg, ER, agency, rehab, oc health.. Has 6 years experience.

There is a percieved glut of nurses everywhere.... I say that because stay at home mothers are still in the nursing business until their hubbies find a job, and retirees are still in until their retirements bounce back. Your best bets are places with large open areas. There is something called Acute acess hospitals. They are reinbursed at a much higher rate then standard hospitals. You will find these hospitals 30 miles away from other hospitals and they contain under 25 beds. Towns which have 1000-2000 people which are quite a ways away from other hospitals will typically have these hospitals. Most of these places staff 2 nurses at all times whether or not there are even patients in the hospitals. Because of this they hire more nurses then may be in the surrounding area.


49 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg.
Just curious - why Indy?

i can't tell you why, I just know that my hospital system just hired a WHOLE bunch of new grads. i know of at least 10 from my ASN December graduating class that have been hired within the system. i thought it was going to be impossible to find a job-- mainly because I read so many threads on AllNurses on how new grads weren't finding jobs. That doesn't seem to be the case here. Granted, I did put in about 50 apps, but I still got a job along with many other new grads.

If you're willing to relocate, Indy isn't all that bad.

Personally, I'm going to earn my year's experience and try to move out to California!


5 Posts

Specializes in Rehabilitation. Has 1 years experience.

I know, from a friend, that Texas is not hiring New Grads. However, here in North Dakota we eat them up like candy! Haha. A few hospitals to look into are St. Alexius in Bismarck, MedCenter One in Bismarck and Stanford in Fargo.