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Sorry, I forgot to follow this topic, so I missed responding to you all. I still have not found a job and I wish I had stayed in FL for my year of experience. I had no idea it would be this bad up north.
Not that you could have known, but it really isn't the best of times for RNs, GNs or other nurses to be looking for work in NYC at the moment, regardless of the "healthcare is hiring" blize from the media.
Still smarting from the closing of two hospitals in Queens about one year ago, St. Vincent's Catholic Hospital just closed, adding over 500 experienced nurses to the ranks looking for employment. Lenox Hill Hospital was on financial tenter hooks, and was just sold to NorthShore-LIJ, while the HHC system announced layoffs of over 3000 employees, including nurses. All this while the many local New York City nursing schools are graduating new classes of nurses every six months or yearly. In short there are quite allot of nurses out there chasing what few openings there are for full time or even per diem work.
Someone mentioned in another thread that hospitals in upstate NY are hiring, including new grads, but don't know how that fits in with your plans.
Hospitals, indeed the whole NYC/NYS healthcare system in going to be in a state of flux for awhile as the effects of the recession are worked off, a state budget is finally passed, and what is going to happen when "ObamaCare" comes into full effect with it's cuts in Medicare/Medicaid funding (something many NYC/NYS hospitals really depend upon), and what sort of compensation insurance companies are going with in future.