***very long, whiny post ahead***
Hey, people of allnurses. I'll be graduating in May 2018, and I'm in a bit of a pickle right now.
Currently, I am attending school in my home state (TN), and I really want to get a job in San Francisco - only because my significant other lives there, and I will be moving there after graduation (hopefully ... )
However, I've done my research and know it's darn near impossible to get a job in that area, sometimes even for experienced nurses. Are there any areas close to SF (or at least accessible via public transit) where I'm more likely to be hired as a new grad?
I also don't know what to do about taking the NCLEX. I don't want to sit for a CA license if I'm not going to get a job there, but on the other hand, processing times for licensure endorsement are awful (or so I've heard).
Additionally, is there anything I can do to make myself more likely to be hired? I'm the vice president of my school's SNA, I'm an Honors student (3.8 GPA), working on a thesis (I was told by a professor I would be the first nursing student at my school to do so, too), I tutor on the weekends, participate in student research symposiums, had a brief nursing internship, and I am finishing up my minor in philosophy (with an ethics focus) ... but is there anything else that I could list on my resume that might actually stand out to a potential employer? Is anything of what I listed even relevant?
Sorry for the long post (and for being a whiny baby), I'm just kind of stressed and confused as to what I need to be doing. Worst case scenario I stay here for longer to gain experience, but my significant other won't move, so... that's really far from ideal.
Honestly, any advice is appreciated.