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by Nicunurselina Nicunurselina (New Member) New Member

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Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the correct way to get my question out there, but I'm hoping for any and all tips and advice people may have. My question is multiple parts...

I am considering moving somewhere new due to life circumstances, wanting a change, and living somewhere that is so saturated with nurses it's hard to find a job. I don't have any places really in mind..just wanting somewhere new and something different. 

My first question is- is it worth applying to jobs in different places before I actually move? will hospitals interview over the phone/computer, knowing someone has the intention to move? or is it better to move somewhere and then start looking for and applying to jobs?

My second question is more specific to NICU. NICU is my dream and has been since I've known I wanted to be a nurse. I currently have a year + experience at a school with medically complex and fragile kids (feeding tubes, seizures, diabetes management etc..so not quite acute care, but not "school nursing" either). What are different paths to get into the NICU? I also have a few years of volunteer work on an infant/toddler surgical unit, and spent a few weeks in Africa while in nursing school working on the L&D and NICU. 

Where are places that may be hiring for NICU nurses/ special care nursery nurses? I'm willing to look and consider basically anywhere.

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NICU Guy has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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I had two offers as a new grad, both were out of state. All they cared about is you getting your state license and you showing up on your first day of work. We have several openings at the children's hospital: mostly Med/Surg and PICU. We hire primarily from our Summer externs and PCAs that finished nursing school, but I was hired from out of state with no connection to the hospital. So, it is possible to get an out of state job.

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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On 8/1/2019 at 7:15 PM, Nicunurselina said:

My first question is- is it worth applying to jobs in different places before I actually move? will hospitals interview over the phone/computer, knowing someone has the intention to move? or is it better to move somewhere and then start looking for and applying to jobs?

Highly, highly, highly advise against moving before you get a job offer. The logistics are ridiculously complicated. You don't want to sign a year-long lease (and may not even be eligible for one without verification of employment) before you have a job figured out. The last thing you want is to be stuck taking a job you hate (likely non-NICU) because you're desperate and have to pay your bills. You could take short-term accommodations, but in that case--what do you do with your stuff? Do you really want to have to move again to permanent housing once you get settled in?

If you want to prove to a hospital that you're serious about moving, go ahead and get your license endorsed in that state. The hospital is going to assume that you're serious about moving to take the job (since applying to jobs is a pain, and most people don't do it unless they're serious about it).

On 8/1/2019 at 7:15 PM, Nicunurselina said:

Where are places that may be hiring for NICU nurses/ special care nursery nurses? I'm willing to look and consider basically anywhere.

The fact that you're willing to relocate will be very advantageous. I've said it again and again on this forum--the easiest way to break into NICU is to cast a wide net. Just keep applying to different jobs and different hospitals until you get an offer.

Honestly, there is no one geographical region where you're likely to get a NICU job. Different NICUs are in different states of flux (overstaffing vs. understaffing) at any given time, and there's no way to know what their needs are. You just have to hope that you happen upon a NICU that is short-staffed enough to be accepting applicants without previous NICU experience; if you send out enough applications, you'll eventually find one.

If I were in your position, I'd figure out a list of places you'd want to move, then start investigating the different hospitals/NICUs and submit applications for there. When I applied as a new grad, I looked up a list of hospitals in the states where I wanted to work, then went one-by-one to each hospital website investigating if they had a NICU, the number of NICU beds, and the overall acuity (level II vs. III vs. IV, ECMO/cooling/nitric capacity, etc.) I made a spreadsheet, then sent out 15+ applications based on what I found.

That said, I'd gently caution you about moving to a new place where you have no family, friends, or connections. During my second year of nursing, I moved to a fabulous new city because through all of my internet research it seemed like an incredible destination. At first I enjoyed the thrills and the sites, but the thrills quickly wore off and it became incredibly lonely. It was an adventure, but in the end it was pretty disruptive (and expensive) to uproot my life and move cross-country just to move back again two years later; in retrospect, I wish I'd waited until I had enough experience and then gone as a travel nurse. Granted, I'm an introvert, so it was hard for me to make a sufficient effort to establish a brand new social network; perhaps it could be more feasible for you than it was for me. To each his own.

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Leader25 has 35 years experience.

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How much money do you have,because if you move without a job in place,you will need lots of it to survive.There is a lot of good sound advice here take your time and plan your move.

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