Quote from esme12
i agree.......there are a couple long term acute care hospitals (kindred) that hire regularly and pay pretty well but the staffing is marginal with a huge trun over....and the patients are medically complex and acutely ill.
the area in boston ma is very expensive to live. cost of living is outrageous until you get about 100 miles off the coast inland. no bang for you buck here. new hampshire is better but the job market in general is poorer here as it is in many parts of the country. i have a friend that got laid off when i did and has not been able to find gainful benefited employment since 2009. all per-diem. pay is pretty good.....for a nurse with 10 years...around $25.00- $30.00/hr...union paying more than non-union.
i think the pay might a be a bit more, especially for someone with 10years. i only have 4 years and i was offered about $34 base pay at a non-union hospital in boston.
op, i also live in md and i'll tell you that your job prospects here in maryland are much better than ma considering the fact that you don't have a bsn. hospitals here hire adns, heck, you can be a manager at some of the hospitals here without a masters degree. in some cases you don't even need a completed bsn, just the fact that you're in a program getting it done.
most hospitals ny and higher will only hire a bsn and even with that, the market is so saturated. years ago, i know few hospitals in a certain part of pa that were only taking bsns.
get some experience here in maryland before moving up north. plus, boston is a very expensive. i can find cheaper housing in nyc and nyc pays more. yes, they're offering me a lot more than i make here in maryland but the cost of living there is quite high and i think maryland has a high cost of living compared to the part of pa where i came from (and pa pays higher, too). what i've learned is that once you've worked somewhere else, you get a higher pay raise when you switch jobs. i've only had a $1 pay raise in the last 4 years (68 cents of that was cost of living raise from 2 years ago). we arean't getting raises anymore. i know the new grads make more than i make so i ain't sitting here for much longer.
don't forget, ma license is $275, it costs more than ny and pa license combined. but you renew every 2 years compared to a maryland license where you have to renew on a yearly basis. and you can find a job in maryland. my hospital hires new grads all the time.