Hey all -
My girlfriend and I are both nurses (her: peds-onc, me: ER) and we moved from Brooklyn, NY to San Francisco because she was able to get a sweet first travel assignment. I was told by the handful of recruiters we were working with, that it wouldn't be difficult to place me, but alas, it's been over 2 months, many submissions, and not even an interview.
I have over 2.5 years of level II trauma experience in a busy Brooklyn ER (would have up to 15 patients on my own at times...) and used my recent time off to study and pass the CEN (yay!). So now I have what I would *think* of as enough experience and certs to set myself apart. I've now heard that it can be extremely difficult to get that first placement, but I didn't think it would be this bad. I've even cold-called hospitals, after being submitted, at one of my recruiter's suggestion, even though that seems very unprofessional to me...
At this point, we're looking to move down to SoCal (LA/San Diego) after her contract is up because it seems there are more opportunities down there. The obvious challenge is being able to find both of us jobs within a reasonable vicinity from each other, especially on the same shift.
Is anyone else having a difficult time getting placed for their first assignment?
Can anyone send me words of advice/encouragement?