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Relocating as new grad

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by AndreaGonzalez AndreaGonzalez (New) New Student

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Hello, I'm graduating in Spring 21 with my ASN and I am looking to relocate to Georgia or Texas. I live in the New England area and its impossible to get a new job as new grad in the ICU especially with an associates. I really want to work in the ICU and I've researched hospitals in Georgia that take new grads with associates. But to those that relocate, how did you guys plan the move? How much did you have to save? It's so scary but I definitely want to relocate!! Thank you  

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JabuJabule has 1 years experience as a LPN and specializes in LTC.

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I can relate to this! I live in Massachusetts and I'm graduating with my ADN in Spring 2021 as well! I want to relocate up to New Hampshire. I think an important thing is taking and passing your boards, and then applying for certification in the state you want to move. I THINK that's how it works, anyway.

I'm also looking for an answer to OP's question!

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I took Boards in Ohio in July 1982 (😮), moved to Houston sometime in  August I think, found out results September, luckily I passed.  At that time I figured I could get a job, and while I knew what I wanted, NICU, I was open to other jobs, and I ended up in a Level 2 which was great, keep in mind you may NOT get your first choice.  So I think after passing Boards you need to find a job before you move.  I didn't, but the job market was different then, I was open to anything BUT med-surg, AND I had a boyfriend and his family in the area who I could fall back on if I needed to.  My boyfriend's stepmom actually found my apartment for me, and back then you didn't need first and last month's rent for a deposit like you do here.  So research how much rents are in a decent part of town, find the median and have at least three times that in case they want more than first and last.  Plus you'll need money until you get your first paycheck for food, any uniforms you'll need, gas etc.  Also a lot of utility companies require deposits now, so research how much that is in the area you'll be living.  You can go without cable and internet if you have to, not so much electricity +/or gas and water.  Ask if you can pay with a credit card, and get one before moving but just be careful with using it.  I would also suggest at least $500-1000 for car repair emergencies.  You'll also need to think about how you're getting your stuff there, or even if you have enough to need to rent a moving truck or can just pack up your car.  If you don't have furniture right away you CAN "camp out" in your apartment with an air mattress and a lawn chair, I've done that plenty in the military.  Always take a shower curtain cuz sheets suck in that capacity 😀 .  IF you decide to go without a job first you'll need more money in case it takes awhile to get one, or you have take a lower paying one in LTC, but that's really risky imo.  WHEN you get an offer, ask when you'll get your first paycheck in relation to your starting date because it may be more than 2 weeks from starting, so that'll be something you need to take into account.  Good luck to both of you!

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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I think Elaine gave you some good advice.  First decide if it would be easier to take NCLEX where you are and license by endorsement, or just arrange to take NCLEX after you move.  If you have a job lined up before you graduate, you might want to move first and then take NCLEX.  If you haven't found a job, you might want to take NCLEX in your home state (if you're still living at home) and then get licensed by endorsement.

Start looking at housing in your desired area.  If you have to travel there for a job interview you can look in person.  If you get a job offer then you can secure housing before you move.  Find out how much your rent will be, plus deposits.  Also check on what is entailed to get utilities turned on in your name; deposits will probably be involved there as well.  If you end up with a night shift position, ask the rental agent about a quiet location.

As far as furniture and supplies:  Elaine is right.  All you really need is something to sleep on, something to sit on and something to use as a table, furniture-wise.

You'll need a cooking pot, frying pan, a couple of plates, bowls, cutlery and mugs.  A couple of towels, and yes, don't forget the shower curtain, pillow and some bedding.  Perhaps your parents or someone else can spare these few items, or you can check out thrift stores and dollar stores.  Dish soap, vinegar and baking soda should take care of cleaning needs, don't spend big bucks on cleaning supplies.  (Maybe all this advice is unnecessary.  In which case, disregard.)

Wishing you all the best!

 

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This was really helpful, thank you so much!!

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