Nursing in Michigan

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by Chels911 (New) New

I am a senior in nursing school, graduating with my BSN in May of 2011. I am currently on the lookout for jobs. A little early to apply yet, but just starting to look. My fiance got a job as an engineer in Detroit, MI. I am still at school back at home (Wisconsin). I am looking to apply for jobs hopefully out towards that area. We are both willing to commute 45 min- hour if needed. What is the job market like for new grads in Michigan???

Can anyone give me any leads to hospitals that may be hiring???

I am a new grad and have worked as a CNA in a critical care unit for 3 years and completed an internship on a critical care unit as well. This semester i will be spending 14 weeks in the intensive care unit. So its safe to say i've had some good experience considering i am a new grad.

Any tips where to start looking?? Good hospitals to consider?? Whats the job market like out there?? Its picked up quite a bit here. I've noticed alot of hospitals last year had 1-2 jobs open/year and this year they have about 20-30 open. Good news for us :yeah:

Any advice would be great!!!!!

Chelsi

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highlandlass1592, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 13 years experience. 1 Article; 647 Posts

Kind of hard to predict what the market is going to be like when you decide to come out. Downtown Detroit, the DMC has jobs posted but I don't know their position on new grads. Oakwood is also opening some jobs as well as Henry Ford (major hospitals in the area) but again, I don't work there so I don't know how their looking at new grads.

I work at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, we are hiring new grads but it's tight. I'd say as you get closer to graduation, start contacting nurse recruiters about possible openings. I know the agency are getting more work, so I'm hoping it's starting to improve.

The state has been in a rough spot for the past few years and honestly, don't know if it's going to turn around yet or not. Good luck to you.

Chels911

7 Posts

Thanks! I've gotten a job offer in Cardiac care :heartbeatat a large hospital here. They contacted me and wanted to interview me. The job isnt avaliable until July. I've talked with them and they are giving me until May to get back to them. Which im kind of confused why they couldnt have just holded off till then anyway....but whatever!! So i didnt take the offer, its the type of job i REALLY want and i would love more than anything. What new grad wouldnt?? But....i really don't want to be away from my fiance and he has a really good job in Detroit.

I'm not a huge fan of the detroit area but the surrounding areas are very nice.

His sister lives in Ann Arbor, loved the area when we visited this past summer!!! looked at the U of Michigan hospital, didnt see much....especially for someone with no RN experience. So i'm extending my search within an hour of detroit.

Chels911

7 Posts

But i really appreciate it, i'll keep them both in mind and will be contacting Nurse recruiters. My advisor and nurse recruiter at the hospital i work at now both suggested around Feburary to start contacting, and applying by March.

Ms.RN

917 Posts

Henry Ford hospital is considered the best hospital in Michigan and they are consistenly hiring nurses. ST. John is another hospital that seems to be floushing and they have multiple hospitals througout the Detroit. Both hospitals have nurse intern programs, so maybe you can consider applying for intership in ICU unit since you have experience and you seem like you have lot of interest in specializing in ICU.

Chels911

7 Posts

Henry Ford hospital is considered the best hospital in Michigan and they are consistenly hiring nurses. ST. John is another hospital that seems to be floushing and they have multiple hospitals througout the Detroit. Both hospitals have nurse intern programs, so maybe you can consider applying for intership in ICU unit since you have experience and you seem like you have lot of interest in specializing in ICU.

Perfect!!! Thanks :D I'll look into that. I did complete a nurse internship program already. Here a "Nurse Intern" is one who is still in school. We have "Nurse Residency" programs for new grads...similar to an Intern position. It assists in your transition from student to RN. I'm sure being a big hospital they have that, but yes that is definatly another option.

Thanks so much!

Chelsi

arabianeyez83

Specializes in ER. Has 7 years experience. 143 Posts

I work at Henry Ford Hospital, lately it seems like they have only been hiring nurses with experience...but they are always hiring, so that's good news

2sedate

Specializes in ICU. Has 3 years experience. 37 Posts

Highlandlass - do you have nurse recruiter contact info? I don't graduate until Dec 2011, but I saw U of M advertising a Nurse Shadow program on Entry Level Jobs and Internships

and thought about looking into that and talking to a recruiter at that time also. Do you think they hire U of M grads more than others? I am UM-Flint, but it's still an affiliate. Thanks for your help.

LoveANurse09

Specializes in Cardiac. 394 Posts

St.John's? Really? I'm applied for multiple positions there and have heard nothing...