Hi. We're planning to move to Yuma, AZ in the near future where I'll be working in the hospital there. My job offer sounds good & what I've read from their website was really nice but I'd like to know inputs from you guys.
What's it really like to live there? I've been told a few times that the problem in AZ is not in getting nurses but on how to retain them. True or myth? Thank you very much to all who'll share.:wink2:
Sep 13, '06
My grandparents lived in Yuma for decades before they passed away. So I spent summers there growing up. I have other family there now. Yuma is hell on Earth
, IMHO. sorry nursetobejoy, I can't help it. This is how I feel.
I have lived thru 122 degrees in Yuma. It's so hot that you feel yourself melting and evaporating going from your car to indoors. It is dusty. Really dusty. There's just dirt and the sky. Oh, and the aroma of pesticide wafts through the air, from the many crops.
All the doorhandles on doors at stores are wrapped with cloth or something so you don't burn your skin (seriously) during the summer. It is a poor town. Poverty and more poverty. I did see quite a few more middle-class homes when I drove through last time. It's great if Yuma is developing a middle-class.
Speak Spanish or perish. Algodones is a Mexican border city a few miles away.
All that said, I would live there if that's what it took to come to the US. You could get used to the US and then decide where else you'd like to go (or stay).
My father was hospitalized at YRMC a couple of years ago. I drove there frantically. YRMC is fantastic. I think they have a top-notch hospital there. I was pleasantly surprised and significantly impressed with the hospital and dad's nurses. They also offer traditional pensions for employees. How unusual is that?! So great hospital, great benefits.
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Sep 14, '06