Want to move to AZ, help me with some ??'s please! - page 2

Hi there. I am a student in an ADN program that will be graduating in May (Just seven more weeks:)!!) Anyway, I am very interested in moving to Arizona from Iowa, and have been looking at the... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    Flagstaff is QUITE expensive. Prescott is beautiful. If you like pines, high altitudes, etc.

    Tucson is great ! Of course that's a whole different scenery... cactus, etc. Although usually about ten degrees cooler than the phoenix area as the elevation is higher ibn Tucson. And in 45 minutes you can be on top of Mt. Lemmon with a good 20+ degree drop in temperature... great camping, etc. up there ! Az. has a LOT to offer... so much variety.
  2. by   Nygirl
    If you are making the trip to Arizona in May,don't leave Tucson out of the loop. I relocated to Tucson 2 years ago from NY,and I haven't regreted it at all. The town offers many ammenities without the big city congestion,and the temps.are about 5 to 10 degrees lower than Phoenix. The job market is excellent. Currently there is a brand new hospital under construction in Oro Valley (about 15 miles north of Tucson) slated to open next spring. Good luck with your search........Tracy
  3. by   Kabin
    Traffic in Tuscon depends on where you work and live. From 1998 to 2000, We lived in the foothills just west of Sabino Canyon and commuted to the airport. Those 18 miles took 45 minutes one way down Kolb Rd through numerous city stop lights.

    Before that we lived in Oro Valley and I recall regular conjestions on the highways to/from Oro Valley. I can't imagine its has gotten any better since then
  4. by   wjf00
    Personally I would NEVER work for Banner: Desert Sam, Good Sam, again. When I was there, they had just raised the new grad pay, but never adjusted the pay of nurses who already worked there. I came in as a new grad making more than nurses already there. Nurses only seemed to get raises by quitting, and then reapplying and demanding a higher step. I'd look elsewhere.
  5. by   skypilot
    there is another place in AZ to consider - that is the White Mountains, north eastern AZ. It is at a bit lower elevation than Flagstaff, the winters are not as cold, not as much snow, and the summers are nicer than Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and Payson! There is a nice hospital there - Navapache Regional Medical Center - the town there is Show Low. There are also many other communities there that are served by that hospital - such as Pinetop, Lakeside, Snowflake and more. It is a beautiful area! I lived there for several years. It costs less to live there than in Flagstaff - way less. Pay rates are comprable (did I spell that right??). On the other hand, Payson is a nice community - nice hospital - cost to live there is not much below Phoenix, but the pay rate is way below Phoenix. And by the way - Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, Show Low all seem to be about the same pay wise, but not Payson (I applied there - wanted to go there to live, but could not accept $4.00 / hr less than in Phoenix!) And a ticbit about AZ snow... it does not last! It is hear today - gone in a day, or if lucky, maybe a week! It is definitely not like snow in the midwest or the east. Just as the sunshine is different here - and so is the heat and humidity! We need you here - as you are needed everywhere - we need more RN's! welcome to the profession!

    Karen
  6. by   movealong
    Even though I did not start the thread, thanks for all the info.

    I bring my job with with me, since I'm a telephone triage nurse and I work from my home. So worrying about a job at the local hospitals is not a concern for me....although maybe at some point I may switch, who knows. My rate of pay won't change and it seems comparable to what is being mentioned for AZ in general. I do need a fast internet connection to work, so that is the one requirement I have for whatever town I move to. It must be dependable.

    I thoght about ShowLow but they had that huge fire last year, didn't they? How hot does Showlow/Snowflake get? I don't want Phoenix type summers.

    I'm a little nervous about it all. I'm going to do this move all on my own. it'll be the first time I do it all. I've relocated before, but always had my ex in the picture. This time I am deciding where to move to, etc.....
  7. by   skypilot
    Show Low and the White Mountains did indeed have a huge fire, summer of 2002, in the area. The fire did take some homes and other buildings, none in the town of Show Low. The towns hit by the fire included Heber and Overgaard. The fire was stopped before it burned into Show Low or Pinetop/Lakeside. Snowflake was not hit by the fire either, could have been, but was still outside the path the fire took.
    In the Show Low area there are fewer options for internet connections - the fastest being DSL, no cable connection available there so far.
    The White Mountains enjoys MUCH cooler summers than Phoenix, Tucson a bit cooler than Phoenix (hardly noticeable in my opinion), Flagstaff is cooler also. The elevation at the cooler spots is about 5000 ft higher than Phoenix, thus the cooler temperatures, year round.
    I moved to Show Low back in 1996 - first move on my own, away from an ex also! I do not live there at this time. Regretably, but there are down sides of living there as well as the good things. It is a SMALL RURAL town - WalMart is the biggest store in town! Good place to raise children. Below average income and education levels among adults there I would guess. Few jobs, few industries to support jobs... but it is beautiful there! It is a service community, by that I mean it relies on tourism for most of its income. I think it is growing though, so the future is wide open up there. Lots of good people there! It is about 3 to 4 hours from Phoenix, and from Tucson too, about 2 to 3 hours to Flagstaff, and about 3 to 4 hours from Albuquerque (about an hour or less to the NM border).
    Good luck in your plans!
    Karen



    Quote from movealong
    Even though I did not start the thread, thanks for all the info.

    I bring my job with with me, since I'm a telephone triage nurse and I work from my home. So worrying about a job at the local hospitals is not a concern for me....although maybe at some point I may switch, who knows. My rate of pay won't change and it seems comparable to what is being mentioned for AZ in general. I do need a fast internet connection to work, so that is the one requirement I have for whatever town I move to. It must be dependable.

    I thoght about ShowLow but they had that huge fire last year, didn't they? How hot does Showlow/Snowflake get? I don't want Phoenix type summers.

    I'm a little nervous about it all. I'm going to do this move all on my own. it'll be the first time I do it all. I've relocated before, but always had my ex in the picture. This time I am deciding where to move to, etc.....
  8. by   Alanna RN2B
    Thanks to all you current and former Arizonans (?) for the information. I have long planned to move to AZ, but decided to finish school first so that I can have an actual career there. I should be graduate with my ADN at the end of 2006, and be able to move in early summer 2007. Can you tell that I am counting down the days .
    I am coming from Louisville, KY. Summers are unbearably humid here, I do not go outdoors at all in the summer. Winters are pretty cold, but I hate the cold so much that they seem worse to me than they really are. I just want to be somewhere with nice weather year-round.
    I have been planning on the Tucson/Oro Valley area. I would like to have something a little more green, little less desert though. I have no urge to live in Phoenix. If I could find somewhere that doesn't get below 40 in the winter and does not get unbearably hot in summer, that would be great. I would like to look at Payson, but I don't know if I want to live in a small town.
    My daughter is a competitive gymnast, another reason I was planning on Tucson is because they have several good gyms there. I have also heard that TMC is an excellent place to work.
    Well, just wanted to get my two cents in about how much I am looking forward to moving there. Maybe I'll see some of y'all in a few years!
  9. by   menetopali
    well, the family and i just left Prescott last summer (spouse's career) and we've been kicking ourselves for it ever since. i would recomend it to almost anyone that wants nice small city living without the suburb feel. pays less than phoenix and costs more to live there, but i still think its a great place to live. also they are building another hospital in prescott valley so getting work should be pretty easy if your spouse/sig. other is in the industry. if they are in another industry, make sure they have a job before going because a commute to the phoenix area is 80+ miles with only about half on interstate. feel free to PM me about Prescott questions if you like.
  10. by   movealong
    What are some nice neighborhoods in Prescott? You know, not expensive, I'm a nurse after all, but comfortable, and safe with a nice feel to them?
  11. by   menetopali
    Pinon Oaks is a fairly new developement with nice houses as is the development off Sandretto, Montana Estates has condos of varying size. these are all out by Embry-Riddle on the north end of town. to the south, Yavapai Hills and the development behind the mall are very nice. if you're looking at a more independant housing arangement (non-development homes) then the Historic District, Groom Creek, and the homes between Willow Creek road and Williamson Valley Road are nice.

    hope this helps

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