Quote from buffalowing81
Hi I am a New York State nursing student and I have some questions. I actually got my BA from another field at UNLV and I want to venture back out there after I get my RN. I would like to work at Sunrise Children's right out of school is this possible or will it be difficult? I would like to go back to UNLV for my Pediatric Nurse Practitioner so I would like to jump into peds right away. Do any of the hospitals offer tuition assistance? I also heard something about NY nurses getting paid more but I wasn't sure if it was true. Also in general what's the process like if after I finish my NY boards go to a LV hospital sit down with a recruiter or manager and set something up, will they take me on board fairly quickly or is it one of those thanks for your resume we'll give you a call? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
I don't think any of the local hospitals offer tuition assistance for out-of-state students. There are a few hospitals (Valley is one of them) that will pay for your in-state nursing tuition in return for your promise to work for them for 2 years. However, Sunrise does have a good sign-on bonus program for nursing moving to Nevada, but once again, you do need to sign a contract stating you will work for them for 2 years (sometimes longer depending on the amount of money).
If you end up taking your NCLEX in New York, make sure you signify that you want to be licensed in Nevada as well. They will charge you extra $$ of course, and with Nevada they require fingerprinting, etc.
Of course NY nurses are paid more than LV nurses, but that has everything to do with cost of living. It obviously depends on where you are in NY (you stated Buffalo), so I assume nurses start out with good wages, but then again your cost of living is probably much higher. Nurses in LV start off making good money for our area. I think the average new grad starts off around $23 or $24 before differentials (once again, depends on hospital).