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by MLvb52789 MLvb52789 (New) New

Hi everyone!

I am going to be graduating with my BSN in May and am trying to decide if I should move and look for a new grad job in a city where I don't necessarily have any networking established versus staying here (CHS, SC) where I have some connections and may have a better shot at getting a job. I'm doing my capstone on an L&D unit and I really want to work in that specialty. I know that new grad hires in LD are few and far between, but do any of you have advice on what you would do as far as moving to a new place or staying? I want to move to Phoenix and have the means to, but am unsure if that's a wise choice. TIA!

If you aren't tied down to anything, could you try travel nursing? Not sure if that would get you into L&D, but from knowing friends who do it, it is a great experience and you will learn a lot!

I thought about it, but from my understanding, travel nurses are usually required to have some experience first...? Perhaps I am wrong. I also have two cats so if I can't take them with me traveling may not be a feasible option.

Thank you!

AZBlueBell

Specializes in Labor and Delivery. Has 1 years experience.

Job market in Phoenix is rough for new grads. If you have connections where you are then you may be better off staying put.

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

Also as much as you might like to start in L and D, I would open up to anything, including LTC (nursing homes) at first to get your feet wet. Most L/D jobs are tough to get into as a new grad, and if you find that to be the case, get anything you can to get started and then move on. Congratulations and good luck.