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Top 13 Cities for New Graduate Registered Nurses

After managing to pass the HESI exams and mustering up the energy to walk down the aisle for graduation, you still have a few more hurdles to jump. Lets start with the NCLEX. *sighs of relief after passing that puppy & congratulations* But wait it’s not over! What’s next? Landing your first nursing job! Search early and apply early, at least 2 to 3 months before graduation. Here’s onestopNURSING top 13 list for new grad RNs. The list was compiled based upon the availability of nursing residency programs, the number of hospitals that hire new grad RNs, prospective salary, cost of living, housing, crime and weather. It’s important to note that all of the cities that made this list are considered large metropolitan cities in their states. With that being said, metropolitan cities have the tendency to have higher crime rates than its surrounding areas due to its dense population.

1. Charlotte, NC – $28.49/hr ($59,260)

Charlotte may not have the highest base wage for their RNs, however the city still managed to slip the # 1 spot based upon its job availability for new grad RNs, cost of living, housing and crime rates. Click on the image below the list to see the comparisons.

2. Dallas, TX – $34.57/hr ($71,910)
3. Houston, TX – $36.30/hr ($75,500)
4. Tampa, FL – $30.68/hr ($63,810)
5. Atlanta, GA – $31.27/hr ($65,040)
6. Tacoma, WA – $39.83/hr ($82,840)
7. Los Angeles, CA – $45.26/hr ($94,140)
8. Jacksonville, FL – $30.30/hr ($63,010)
9. Louisville, KY – $29.21/hr ($60,760)
10. Oklahoma City, OK – $28.17/hr ($58,590)
11. Cleveland, OH – $31.46/hr ($65,430)
12. Knoxville, TN – $25.93/hr ($53,930)
13. Des Moines, IA – $27.38/hr ($56,940)

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So how does Charlotte numbers measure up to its contenders? Click on the image below to see how far a $60,000 salary in Charlotte will go in the compared cities.
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So remember just because a city may pay more, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will make more!



December Graduates


With less than a month to go for graduation, the excitement is sure enough through the roof. Have you applied to your dream hospital or hospitals? Applied to a residency program or many? Survived an interview or two? Secured a position, yet? If not, it’s not too late. Here’s a list of hospitals nation wide that are actively recruiting Fall nursing graduates for their spring residency programs.

Eastside Medical Center
Snellville, GA
Start Date: 2/8/16 (18 weeks)
University of Colorado
Aurora, CO
Start Date: 2/22/16 (12-24 weeks)
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Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC
Start Date: 2/22/16
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Start Date: 2/22/16
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UNC Medical Center
Chapel Hill, NC
Start Date: 2/16-3/16
Florida Hospitals
various locations
Start Date: 2/22/16
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Don’t forget to check out the Nurse Residency link for additional hospitals in your area that may be recruiting for spring start dates.

Good Luck,

one stop NURSING

Have you started preparing for graduation?

Congratulations Class of Fall 2015

Through the hard work, tears, sweat, more tears, stress, exams, laughter, patient care, more stress, determination, nursing care plans, and more hard work you have made it to your last semester of nursing school. I don’t think no one could have ever prepared you ‘mentally’ for what you would endure. Well there is finally light at the end of that dark tunnel and it’s called “Graduation.” Here is a list of things that should be on your agenda if you’re planning to graduate in December 2015.


• Perfect your resume! Have a cover letter handy that discusses your interest in the company, the unit (Pediatrics, Oncology, etc), and what would make you a great fit.
Check out: 7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid on Nursing Link

• Create a LinkedIn account. Network! Keep it professional and only connect with those you have worked with, attended classes with, volunteer with, etc… (this is not your Facebook profile, only professional connections that you don’t mind employers viewing)

• Start searching for ‘New Grad‘ jobs. Employers often specify how much experience you’ll need to qualify. Indeed and Google are great starts for searching.

• Figure out the open application period for Nurse Residencies with Spring start dates. Some employers may list this information on their website while others you may have to call. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and contact the Nurse Recruiter to get the facts you need. Check out the Nurse Residency page to see which ones are listed in your state.

• Relocating after graduation? Check out the Nurse Licensure Compact and/or Endorsement Requirements for your future or current state.

Graduate Nursing School? Applications are open for many Fall 2016 admits (with a few still open for Spring 2016).

HESI Exit Exam. Already started studying, if not, start now! Check out the HESI page to get free resources. Remember whatever preparation you do for the HESI, you’re doing it for the NCLEX.

NCLEX Review. Already started studying, if not, start now! Check out the NCLEX page to get free resources.

• Last but not least, the Party. You’re entitled to party like a Rock Star because you deserve it!

Once again, congratulations future nursing graduates!!

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Happy Nursing until next time,
Signed: onestopNURSING

What’s New

The following new resources and updates has been made:

– Pharmacology (study materials)

– New Nursing Residency Programs for the following the states has been added: North Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Wyoming, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Connecticut, Utah

What’s still come? Nursing care plans, job postings for new grads, and of course more free resources. Remember as we discover them so will you.

Happy Nursing


Have you thought about a specialty in nursing, yet?

Well what about Diabetes?

Yes, diabetes! Many student nurses are unaware that diabetes is a speciality in nursing that you can pursue. With diabetes reaching epidemic numbers not only in the U.S. but around the globe, a specialty is needed and so you are.

Whether you have been personally been affected by diabetes or know someone who has or just have a passion for it, you can consider becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

Follow the links below to learn more about the steps to becoming a Diabetes Nurse:

Johnson & Johnson (discovernursing)

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

Diabetes is known as a ‘silent killer’ because most people do not realize they have it due to the signs/symptoms being easy to miss.

The American Diabetes Association has a Risk Test for Type 2 Diabetes. You can take the test online and download to share with others. Just click on the image below.

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Are you currently enrolled in an out of state nursing program?

Do you have plans on practicing in a state other than where you will graduate from?  If so, you might want to know whether the state you are currently in or the state you will be moving to is apart of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).  There are currently 24 states that are apart of the NLC.  

Legally residing in a NLC state will essentially grant you a multi-state nursing license to work in other states apart of the NLC.  Forget the headache of applying for endorsements to practice if you decide to relocate.  The map below (obtained from the NCBSN website) highlight the states with active, pending, and implementing NLC.