Future Nurse seeking to move to Philly...

  1. Hi all,

    I am new to the board, and my first post will (likely) be a whopper of a question. I am currently a nursing student at Hunter College CUNY in NY. Next fall, my husband will be attending Wharton for business school. I will keep my NY residency to complete schooling at Hunter (can't beat the cost!) and am concerned about job prospects since I will have attended school out of state. As a new nurse, how difficult will it be for me to secure a job given the number of nursing programs in Philly specifically? Does anyone think it will be better for me to bite the bullet and pay more to transfer into a Philly-based program?

    Just trying to get some feedback!

    Thanks,
    BelleRN2B
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    Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 13

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  3. by   roxy48
    Hi Belle,

    I have lived and worked in the Phila area for years, and I think you will find it relatively easy to find a job as a new grad. In fact, you will probably have your choice of hospitals, and many are offering sign on bonuses and student loan repayment plans. It really doesn't matter what school you are graduating from. Good luck to you,

    Lisa
  4. by   BelleRN2B
    Thanks for your reply Lisa!

    I'm looking forward to moving to Philly. Reading your answer makes me feel a little better. I've heard so much about position shortages in other areas of the state. That, combined with the number of existing BSN programs, had me thoroughly worried!

    Thanks again,
    Belle
  5. by   bill4745
    You will have most of the hospitals in and around Philadelphia begging you to work for them.
  6. by   Spacklehead
    Yep, I agree with the previous posters - you shouldn't have any problems trying to find a job in Philly. Also, congrats to your husband for getting into Wharton! That is quite an achievement.
  7. by   BelleRN2B
    Thanks Bill and Softballmama,

    I absolutely love the Philly area. We are both looking forward to the move. Although, I won't be too happy about the commute.

    Does anyone know about the nursing education initiatives in PA? Hubby and I had a conversation today...if we can get the money (as if we really need another loan given the amount we'll be borrowing for Wharton), I am strongly considering maybe finishing at Jefferson. I have heard great things about the program. Also, I figure at 30yo, it might be easier for me to find money as an adult student pursuing a BSN.

    Thanks again for all of your replies.

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