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nursing jobs for wife right out of nursing school

retrvrman retrvrman (New) New

Howdy all,My wife will graduate nursing school here in Colorado Springs, CO at PPCC next May. She has told me that she doesn't want to work in the Springs because they don't pay nurses right out of school very well. I have asked her if she has looked up in Denver and she hasn't. I am also in the USAF active duty and I don't retire until Dec 09. After that I have told her I would move anywhere she wants to work. So I am being proactive and trying to find out from anyone that can help me where is the best place to go to find out about nursing jobs in Denver for nurses right out of school? Also, what is the pay scale like there? She has been thinking about going to Phoenix, AZ area because she has family there to work right out of school. Is that a better area than Denver? The thing is we also have three kids, my USAF committment, so she would be living with family and I would be here with the kids. I am trying to get all the info I can together so that I can show her that she doesn't have to leave right after school to work and to just wait three years for me to retire....thanks,

If she doesn't work for three years after graduating that will be very difficult for her to explain when applying for jobs. My opinion: she should apply to places where you are for right now, because there is no place that pays new grads as well as experienced nurses. If she's patient and "pays her dues" the first year, she'll do fine and it will be easier for her to find a job wherever you end up moving to.

PS.......from a military brat: thanks for your service!!1

From what she has told me is that there are jobs in AZ either in Flagstaff or Phoenix areas that will hire nurses right out of school that include sign on bonuses, pay off student loans, relocation bonus, etc. So if I understand what you are saying, she should get her resume' together now, send it to hospitals, people that might be looking for nurses, now??I am just trying to make things as easy for her as possible so that she doesn't get to frustrated. She seems to think that Colorado Springs pays nothing and I have heard that Denver pays alot more. I can I find out the payscale for nurses in different cities???

Call different hospitals and ask them what their starting pay is. But yes, whether it be where you are now or in AZ, she should start soon. Otherwise in three years she will be an "old" grad with no experience, and the newer grads will have a better chance than her for a position. Not to mention that she's only learned part of what she needs in school, the rest comes from experience. She will not only have 3 years get get rusty in what she's learned, she will be that much farther behind her classmates in actual experience.

Why not apply in Colorado Springs, Denver and in AZ? Look over the offers when they come in and then decide which area is the best. I personally would be surprised if the pay scale was that different. Also, your wife will have to take into consideration the hours that are being offered, the area of specialty...etc...not just money. I also think ( and I'll be interested to see what others say) that it is way too early to apply for RN positions if she isn't graduating until may.

She just has heard that in Colorado Springs, nurses are not paid that well right out of school. I don't know how much information she has gotten or if it is hersay...They are opening two new hospitals here in the next year or two. I am trying to get all the information I can together and then we can make the best educated decision possible. I only have threes left in the USAF and then I can retire and we can go anywhere she wants....I really appreciate any and all advice and info that folks have...thanks,

Call the places in Colorado Springs and ask, then call other places too. Wherever she ends up working, she really should start working as soon as she can, rather than three years from now. Good luck to both of you!

OMG I cannot believe your wife! She is actually considering moving away from you and her kids because she thinks she will make a few dollars more???? Why is she in nursing...for the money? She will never make it then. Graduate nurses are paid as graduate nurses. It's not going to be much. If there is such a huge difference in pay somewhere I'll bet the cost of living there is much higher. And another thing, the hospitals that are offering the bonuses are usually doing so because they are so short staffed and it is the only way to get nurses. Those are often the worst places to work at. She has a lot of time left to figure out where to apply. You should encourage her to work close to home. That's my opinion.


Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89. Has 30 years experience.

Hubby are you located in Colorado? As the others have said all things considered, new graduates pretty much make the same. Cost of living, housing etc makes for example California pay higher and SC pay lower.

I certainly would agree that she needs to get work as soon as she gets her license. Education is never wasted, but if she holds out for 3 years she will be considered inexperienced, whereas if she had worked that 3 years she'd have bargaining power.

And to you THANKS for what you are doing.

Part of the reason is that we are having some marital difficulties (and I know that there are other forums for stuff like this but since most of y'all out there are women then I do appreciate your opinion), we are going to counseling as am I for myself, she has not started for herself yet. Like I said I am active duty AF, we currenlty live on base housing, and with the three kids. She has told me that she will make a decision or have to by next May when she graduates, she has said that doesn't mean she wants a "D" or separation, right now she really doesn't know what she wants to do for sure. It is just that the allure of sign on bonus, relocation pay, etc and her being able to live closer to her family gives her some sense of comfort.I have told her, and she doesn't like me saying this because it makes her feel bad, that I will move wherever she wants to work when I retire, regardless of our situation, just so our kids don't have one parent in one state and another parent in another. I have also suggested that I will try and move myself (get a waiver or something, find a job in my career field for the USAF) if she decides or finds something she cannot pass up.That is why I am trying to get educated as much as possible on the payscale for nurses right out of school here, AZ, etc so that we can then talk about it.She and I don't want to wait for three years and not work. I talked with a human resources lady today and nurses right out of school make $20.15hr at Penrose. I am trying to get a hold of Memorial and find out from them what their starting pay is for graduate nurses.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 43 years experience.

As another person wrote ... the places that offer the most "bonus stuff" for new grads often do so because that's the only way they can get people to work there. They are often the most understaffed hospitals and the ones that have the fewest resources to provide a good orientation or good experience for a new nurse.

A new graduate should not choose her first job based on these bonuses. When they do, they often end up in the wrong place and starting their careers on the wrong foot. The first job should be chosen based on the quality of the intsitution and the ability they have to provide the new grad with a good orientation and a positive first year transition from student to professional. As you and your wife start to look at jobs for her, you need to focus on those types of things -- not on money. The money doesn't do you any good if you quit your first job in a few months and/or get so burned out and bruised that you quit nursing. Focus on quality of experience, not on a few bucks.


Quickbeam, BSN, RN

Specializes in Government.

20 year nurse (nurse manager/community health nurse) here...."hearing that pay in one place isn't so good" is meaningless. It sounds like an excuse to me. Sign on bonuses sound great but they evaporate quickly after taxes.

I've done staffing surveys around my state and wages don't really vary that much except to pay slightly more where cost of living is noticably higher.

I think your wife is looking for a reason to move to her family and has latched on to this as her rationale. I'd be very surprised if it is valid.

ETA: I strongly advise not postponing employment after graduation! Not one of the people I graduated with who "took a year off" ever ended up working as an RN. You lose so much... and the mental block about being a new grad seems to get bigger and bigger until it is insurmountable.

Gennaver, MSN

Specializes in Ortho, Med surg and L&D. Has 13 years experience.

Part of the reason is that we are having some marital difficulties (and I know that there are other forums for stuff like this but since most of y'all out there are women then I do appreciate your opinion), we are going to counseling as am I for myself, she has not started for herself yet. ....

Hello hubby,

Okay, now that you've explained a little more I do have a suggestion for you.

You need to take care of yourself and she needs to take care of her responsibilities and herself. She has clearly demonstrated a lack of desire to have you 'help' her. Besides, it almost sounds as if she is trying to run away and abandon you and your children, not to find a reasonable work life. Her issues right now are not YOUR problem, her issues right now are apparently going to cause consequences that you will have to deal with.

Let her figure it all out herself and stop burning your energy, it is an obvious waste. You have much more to consider, your children's happiness is far more important in my opinion than what you are expending for your grown up and supposedly mature partner.

Sounds like she has greater issues. She is sucking the life out of you like a vacuum. IMO.

You've been given great advice here regarding the fact that her degree and license are only part of her marketability, once she graduates she needs to complete it by building on it with her experience.

Good luck, keep your counselor, keep doing things for yourself, regardless of what is going to happen with your wife.


Oh Boy! While I appreciate your concern and willingness to do this research for your wife, it sounds as if she really doesn't want this information. I can't imagine my ex-hubby looking for this info for me while we were still married, yet in counseling.

Her graduation and seeking a job does impact your life, yet it is still her responsibility to job hunt and information seek.

Good luck! and add me to the list of "thank-yous" for defending the USA.

ktwlpn, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Homecare, Hospice.

I think she is yanking your chain.Don't be a patsy.Do what you have to do to take care of your self.Let her do the same.By the time she graduates next May she will have a better idea of what she wants to do and it is not your responsibility to find her a job.Good Luck

Yep. ditto x3. YOu can't find her a job. it's her responsibility to do so. In fact if I were a recruiter and a hubby called me on behalf of their spouse I wouldn't be impressed. She is a professional to be; and should act accordingly in finding her own job. It sounds like she has no desire to stick around. And, you are in denial.... so the thing is you have until May to work on your marriage and I suggest you do so.

Re moving to keep the kids near both parents....good idea. My kids have suffered b/c my ex will NOT move to be near them.

Seek your destiny, and remember only you control what YOu do not her; she is responsible for her own choices....do what is best for the kids and if that means following her around, do it so long as you don't loose who you are as a person in the meantime (and I doubt you would). Not saying "stalk" her ...lol...just saying....you all can have your own space while letting the kids be active in both lives. OR....have them fly like so many other kids....

But face reality you are being shut off by your wife...and just go on with what you need to do...and remember ....you only can change your OWN behavior and thinking....not hers.

Good luck!

Wow, I must have missed something in these posts because it seems to me that everyone posting is jumping to some pretty big conclusions about Hubbyof's wife.

ktwlpn, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Homecare, Hospice.

Wow, I must have missed something in these posts because it seems to me that everyone posting is jumping to some pretty big conclusions about Hubbyof's wife.
Really? Go back and read the posts-especially the 4th one where he finally admits to marital difficulties and states he is in counseling but she is not...I would not say anyone here is jumping to conclusions.I would say we are a really intuitive bunch...

Or maybe she is a mother of three and in nursing school. She might not have a second to spare at the moment.

Wow! She is willing to move to another state and LEAVE HER CHILDREN WITH YOU?:uhoh21: WARNING RED FLAG RED FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I say that because I can't imagine why she needs to do that. Her family lives in AZ so she can get help with the kids if she works nights or weekends. Nope instead she would rather leave the kids with you. What are you going to do when you have duty on the weekends or evenings? God forbid you get deployed I bet she has to take the kids then.

To be honest we have no idea what your marital problems are. The fact that she has not gone to counseling yet does not mean anything to me. Who knows you might be physically and/or emotionally abusive and she is just done with you. However, if that was the case I don't see any mother leaving her kids with someone like that.

I am not trying to beat up on your wife it is just that I only have biased info to go off of. Take a look at the full picture and do what is best for your kids.

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