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FL soon to be new grad wants to move to NYC

FL_murse FL_murse (New) New

Hi NYC nurses,

I'm on track to grad from FAU with a BSN. I recently visited NYC over spring break and ABSOLUTELY fell in love with the city. Just wondering how's the job market for new grads in the city are? I doing my senior preceptorship in the ER in a local hospital down here, but they're no job openings avaliable =(. Plus I heard starting pay here for new grads is 22$ a hour, IF you can get a job. THUS, I'm super interested in moving to NYC for a new job and new life =). Any comments are appreciated, and thanks!


Specializes in Psych, EMS.

Sounds like me. :) I went to NYC for my 21st birthday a few Spring Breaks ago and fell in love! I immediately changed my major to nursing, as it seemed like it had the pay and job demand/security to make it there. After graduation I applied virtually everywhere in nyc and the surrounding areas, it was futile, I'm now stuck working in Houston. Two big hospitals have shut down in nyc, saturating the city with experienced nurses looking for work. There are also hundreds of new grads being cranked out every few months. I'll try again after I get that golden year of experience. Hopefully you'll have better luck than me, follow your dream..see you there! :rolleyes:


Has 1 years experience. Specializes in Pediatric, Psych, School.

Do NOT plan a move to NYC. There are no jobs for new grads. None.


I'm a 2009 grad from a BSN program here in NYC. You're definitely welcomed to come, with something for everyone, this is an awesome city but I would strongly advise you to get your first year of experience in Fl before moving up here. The market is extremely tight for RNs in all five boroughs. Hospitals are either closing down, downsizing or just not hiring right now. Landing a position as a new grad is that much more difficult. Many of us are expanding our searches to places like LI and NJ. It's so bad that while speaking with the recruiter from a well known hospital in the city she told me that I should try Wisconsin. I have nothing against Wisconsin or the people who live there but that's just to show you what it's like up here.

So I'd say work for a year, volunteer, take certification courses, just do as much as you humanly possible to make your resume look amazing and then try applying. Best of luck.

I know this is an old thread, but as someone who was born and raised in NYC I wanted to give my input here...

Yes NYC is easy to fall in love with when you *visit* (emphasis on the word "visit"), but it is quite another story living there. Unless you are from a city like San Francisco or equally as pricey, you will find NYC to be outrageously expensive. Just FYI--$22/hr in NYC is basically poverty. You cannot live on that. Unless you have parents or family members giving you additional money every month. Or have a 2nd job. A company I worked at they paid the admin $20/hour. She was from Ohio and also fell in love with the city when visiting. But it quickly became a rude awakening for her I became very close with her and she confessed to me that she worked at a strip club on the side 3 nights per week because the admin didn't pay enough to pay her bills to live in NYC (laugh all you want...but I'm being 100% serious. And her situation is not that uncommon).

My studio in a walkup building was $1800/month. And that was considered a steal in a safe neighborhood. If you want a nice building with an elevator or doorman, you're gonna pay $2500-$3000 or more per month just for a studio. Yeah you can probably find stuff for around $1000 but it will be in an unsafe neighborhood or building....something not worth saving money on. When I got married, my husband and I moved into a 1 bedroom apartment in a luxury building in an OK neighborhood. We paid $3800 just for that. We now have a 3 bedroom house in Florida that cost $2800. $1000 less. for a HOUSE. just put that into perspective...

Also--the people. Ha! my favorite part. It's very fast-paced and people are pretty rude and not friendly at all. Very cutthroat. I'm used to the NYC attitude because I grew up with it and it doesn't bother me. But for people who didn't grow up there, it's very frustrating. I knew people who moved up there from the South, midwest, etc. and they were so friendly and were really depressed dealing with the people in NYC. I live in Florida now and everyone here is so slow to me it seems lol but I realize it's because I grew up in an unrealistic environment that isn't reflective of the general population. I also find people here to be so much more friendly than NYC. But that's probably normal.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE my hometown. But I just feel the need to speak up and fully inform people who are unaware what it's really like in NYC. I've just seen too many people move there from place in the South like Florida, NC, etc and the midwest who had such a hard time and some who even became on the verge of homelessness because they truly didn't realize how expensive it was to live there.

If you are still REALLY compelled to live in NYC, you can look in Queens or the Bronx. Or somewhere in Long Island. But the commute into Manhattan is a b*tch sometimes. I love the subways and busses because you don't have to worry about a car, but the delays can be horrible. (A car can cost $500-$1000/ month to park just FYI). And you have to really be careful because most of the neighborhoods in those boroughs are dangerous and not safe for a woman to live in (keep in mind, walking home at night....)


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