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California to Massachusetts new grad

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Hello all! I am going to graduate from an ADN program in California in the fall (December 2015) and will be moving to the Boston area of Massachusetts right after school. I'm curious to know what the job market is like for new grads in Massachusetts?

USMCRN2015

Specializes in Intake, Home Care.

Stay 100 miles away from Boston. ADN gets you nowhere except home care. Most hospitals are magnet status and only BSNs are wanted.

NurseKatie08, MSN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Transplant, Education. Has 13 years experience.

Very tough...many hospitals are BSN only and prefer to hire (if not exclusively hire) new grads being promoted from within (former nursing assistants, unit coordinators, etc). I work about 25 miles north of Boston at a level 2 trauma center and it can be hard for a new grad. You might consider being open to LTC and subacute rehab, among other areas. I got my start in subacute and four years later, had no problem getting in at my current hospital (not saying one has to wait that long to try to pursue a hospital, but it was what worked for me). What brings you our way?

Thanks for the response guys! Im specifically moving around the Framingham area. I'm moving to the area because my fiancé is being relocated for work. I intend on pursuing my BSN right after I pass the boards. I figured work at a hospital would be tough, considering it usually is for new grads, so I'll do what I have to until I can get my foot in the door.

DavidMSNCRNP

Specializes in ER/ICU/Pediatric ICU/Transport. Has 15 years experience.

Don't be totally discouraged. It will be hard to find a job back here, but they are obtainable. There are two small community hospitals in the Framingham area (Metrowest- Framingham & Natick) as well as multiple rehabs & LTC centers. Framingham State is also a cheap, state university which has a RN to BSN program. There are options for you!

Thanks for the positive feedback David. I'm not discouraged at all. I realize I might have to suck it up and take some not so great jobs but at least it's something. Besides that, I'll also be pursing my BSN. What schools in the area do you recommend other than Framingham state? I was looking at University of Massachusetts Boston RN to BSN program?

AlwaysLearning247, BSN

Has 6 years experience.

I am a new RN in MA with an ADN. I work at a hospital as a nursing assistant and they did not hire me as a nurse (I work in the PACU and they do not hire new grads, ADN or BSN). However, I got hired at a subacute type of unit where I will be doing IVs, TPN, IV push meds, dressing changes, etc. The hospital I work at told me that it is great experience and after 6 months to a year I can apply back. I am starting an online RN-BSN program in July. Remember there are more jobs than just in the hospital (nursing homes, subacute units, freestanding rehab hospitals, prisons, home care, hospice, doctors offices, etc.) Once you get experience, it'll be easier to land a hospital job. I also suggest enrolling in a RN-BSN program ASAP because basically all the hospitals in MA require a BSN. Good luck! :)

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 10 years experience.

Hello all! I am going to graduate from an ADN program in California in the fall (December 2015) and will be moving to the Boston area of Massachusetts right after school. I'm curious to know what the job market is like for new grads in Massachusetts?

The Boston Metro Area is saturated with nurses and is home to many quality BSN/MSN entry RN programs as well as very experienced nurses of all degrees.

If you have an ADN and little experience you will likely need a car as be prepared to travel 30-60mins outside of the city to find a LTC or similar facility employment. If you are looking to work in acute care you will likely need to travel 60-90 minutes outside the city to a community hospital.

Best of luck.