Yes, it's way to early for me to be thinking about this right now (I will start nursing school Aug 31st) but was curious... I looked up two hospitals that I would love to work at when I move to Florida after I graduate in two years and noticed that for every single nursing job you need experience... anywhere from 1 to 3 years experience depending on the job. How am I or any new graduate suppose to get a job? I am freaking out! Is it like this everywhere?
Please calm me down and tell me how this whole thing works?
Also, after I graduate how do I go about getting my license? Do I just apply for Florida or do I have to apply in NY first (because I will be graduating from NY) and then apply for licensure in Florida? Is that how it works? Please help!
Aug 13, '06
Jackson Memorial Hospital, a teaching hospital in Miami, accepts new grads. It's associated with the University of Miami School of Medicine. I can't tell you how much it pays or anything like that but if you like the atmosphere of a teaching institution, check it out. I'm originally from the Miami area and at one time, Jackson had it's own diploma nursing school. Also try Miami Children's Hospital. It's located by the University of Miami which, geographically speaking, is in the south end of the city. Better bone up on your Spanish though. Miami is a trilingual city (French Creole, Spanish, English) and it's tough to live and work there if you can't communicate with the locals.
Always make phone calls and ask to speak with a nurse recruiter. Chances are wherever you apply, they accept new grads but they're not the advertised positions.
As for your licensure, you make application to the place you want to live. I gave my school all the necessary forms and information and they took care of it for me when I graduated. NCLEX is a national exam and can be taken anywhere in the country. I went to school in Florida and applied to Pennsylvania for licensure so am familiar with the process. I took my boards in PA but could have taken them in Kansas or wherever.
Last edit by wonderbee on Aug 13, '06
Aug 15, '06
I live in Fort Lauderdale and moved here from New Jersey in January of this year after I graduated. I work at Mount Sinai on Miami Beach. Starting salary for a new grad is $21.50 with differentials for weekends and nights. I was hired as a new grad into a med/surg ICU where I worked for 3 months and moved to the ER (because I didn't like ICU). I know of several other grads that got hired into NICU, stepdown, telemetry, and med/surg. After I moved down here I realized that there a TONS of hospitals and every single one is willing to hire a new grad, no matter what the job posting says about 1 year experience. If they need nurses they will hire you. If you go into a high acutiy area like ICU, make sure that you find a hospital that will give you a decent training program. Mt Sinai gave me 4 days of ICU classwork and 5 weeks of preceptorship, at six weeks I was handling patients on my own...very scary! I currently also work per diem for Florida Medical Center in Plantation (fort lauderdale) Florida which is a pretty inviting place (I work on the psych floor there). A friend of mine is a new grad hire into the NICU at Broward General. As a previous poster said, Jackson Memorial hires new grads but as it is the county hospital the work load is hiddeous and the patients tough to deal with sometimes. In the Miami area, you also have Cedars (which is across the street from Jackson), South Miami Hospital, a few different Baptist run hospitals, and the hospitals in the same group as Broward General (should be able to find the website if you google Broward General) All the hospitals in this area pay about the same, in the $20-$22 dollar range base to start. A hell of a lot less than I'd be making in Jersey I can assure you and the living expenses are not any cheaper. If there is anything else you want to know, I'll try to help out.
Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Aug 15, '06
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