2018 Job outlook for a New Grad ADN in Madison, WI?

by nlwhitehorse nlwhitehorse (New) New

Hello all,

I am in my last semester of nursing school here in GA. I am originally from Madison, WI and plan to get licensed for WI after graduation. I am wondering how the job outlook is for ADN grads. I've seen a lot of comments about how it is hard for an ADN grad to get a job in Madison because all the hospitals want BSNs now.

Is this true? Should I just stay in GA and try to get a job here? Or come back to Madison and try to compete with the BSNs? I plan on enrolling in a RN-BSN program in the fall. I'm really torn and would appreciate any advice.

Thank you all so much for your time, and have a wonderful day!



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Not sure about new grads but we had an ADN prepared nurse with 3 years experience get hired in the OR at UW



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There's a market for sure, but it definitely depends on where you want to work. For Madison, UW-Hospital is in the middle of a hiring freeze and as far as I understand it, the new grad nurse residency is on the chopping block. The VA Hospital hires ADNs pending openings, but they also give positions to new RNs coming out of their residencies and the VALOR programs first (though its not impossible). St. Mary's takes ADNs last time I checked and Meriter . . . . idk what is happening there, but something bad just went down with the NICU and I don't know how that's going to affect hiring going forward.

If you care less about being in Madison there are a bunch of smaller towns with hospitals that I'm sure would love to have you. I know nothing of Milwaukee or the other larger cities.