Dear Nurse Beth,
I just wanted to say I loved your book and advice column. I have heard numerous times from you and other respected users on here to relocate if you want the best chance of landing a job. Unfortunately, I am not sure which states/cities are the best places to relocate to. I looked online, but all of the lists are different. I am wondering which places have the highest need/hire the most for new grad nurses.
Dear Wants to Relocate,
Thank you for your kind words! New grads face a competitive hiring market, which is why I wrote my book (below) to show them how to stand out from all the other applicants. All from an insider's point of view as a hiring nurse leader in acute care for over 30 years
.I know exactly what nurse managers are looking for.
It's hard to generalize by state, because in some areas, it varies more by region than by state. For example, in California, in the large cities (San Francisco, San Diego) it is very difficult to find a job as a new grad. In the inland regions, it is much easier to land a job. Try North Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, among others.
The job market is also fluid- due to acquisitions, takeovers and hiring freezes, opportunities vary. In general, look for rural and urban areas. Register on indeed.com to receive notifications of new grad jobs and residencies nationwide. Find out where your classmates landed jobs.
The latest report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA ) says that some states are predicted to have a surplus of nurses in 2020 and some are predicted to have a shortage. Some of the states predicted to have a shortage are Alaska, California, Georgia, South Dakota, Texas, New Jersey.
A final tip- when you do land a job, ask if they provide relocation assistance. Some hospitals do upon request.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!