I have nursed for only a year, and I am relocating to New York City next month. I have my working visa, have passed my NCLEX, and currently my education and work experience is being reviewed, so I may obtain my New York State nursing license. Can my lack of experience keep me from obtaining my New York nursing license? Also, do hospitals offer nursing positions to people in my position who are awaiting their licenses? What else should I do once I have relocated?
Dear Donna replies:
If you have a valid nursing license in one state and are applying for a New York State license by endorsement or reciprocity, your level of experience should not affect that process at all. Contact the N.Y. State Board of Nursing to see if they issue temporary work permits to allow you to work as an RN while your request for a N.Y. State license is being processed. A hospital would not be able to hire you as a nurse without a valid N.Y. RN license or temporary RN work permit.
In the meantime, you should join and get active in the N.Y. State Nurses Association (www.nysna.org). Also, plan to attend a Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek career fair in the New York area. There is one coming up on July 31 in Tarrytown, N.Y. Visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Expo for information. Read Get Ready to Relocate at www.dcardillo.com/articles/relocate.html for additional tips and advice. Be aware the job market for nurses is very tight in the New York area right now, especially for newer nurses. Read New Nurse, New Job Strategies at www.dcardillo.com/articles/newnurse.html.