I have a scheduled telephone interview with a hospital in Modesto, CA, but I live in the midwest. I was contacted by a recruiter and was told that with my length of years as a nurse, amount of experience in my specialty, plus certifications, I would likely be offered at least $40/hr base with $5/hr shift diff. Also a $5K sign on bonus and up to $5k paid relocation.
According to the recruiter, the area is low cost of living; however, that's not what I'm finding on the internet. I've read that Modesto is rated one of the top 25 most polluted US cities, is home to thousands of gang members, and has scored in the top ten worst places to live due to high cost of living, high unemployment, long commutes, and high crime rates.
So, is there anyone who can please tell me what the real deal is with Modesto?
Jun 12, '11
Modesto is arid, dirty and mostly farms and migrants. It is filled with the gangs you're so very worried about. But!!! most of the crimes perpetrated are on each other. Not mid-westerners
. It's okay if you're traveling alone. Not a place I would bring a family.
On the other hand you're juxtaposed right there against the southern range of the Sierras.
Yosemite is a hop, skin, and a jump away and is magnificent!
San Jose and San Fran are a little farther to your west and you will never run out of things to do over in the Bay Area.
Lake Tahoe... Sacramento, Redding, Mt. Shasta. Modesto isn't the worst place you could be. It's not Detroit after all...
How long is your commitment? 1-year 2-years? Make sure you identify the parameters of your bonus (in writing) in case you want to relocate again when it is over.
You definitely want to rent. Don't get into any mortgage out there when you don't know if you're wanting to be permanently placed there. Plenty of places to rent. You can also commute from the surrounding communities pretty easily as well.
Pay is competitive enough if you throw in your bonus. Bay area wages are a little higher. You never know unless you try. If you're looking for changes in latitude and since they're covering your costs I say DO IT! You have nothing to lose.
Last edit by EmergencyNrse on Jun 12, '11
Jun 12, '11
by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Other Californians tend to view Modesto and the other Central Valley cities as the butt-holes of California. The area is not the most glamorous or cosmopolitan, but the people there tend to be friendlier than in the major metropolitan areas. The city grapples with sweltering heat in the summer that soars above 100 degrees. Modesto has a very low cost of living according to California standards, but people from the Midwest might think of the city as pricey. On the bright side, San Francisco is an 80-mile drive from Modesto if you need something to do or become bored.
Modesto has been slaughtered by the housing meltdown and is ranked 3rd in the nation for the highest number of foreclosures according to this article
. People were using Modesto, Stockton, Tracy, and other Central Valley cities as cheap satellite commuter towns when they could not afford to buy real estate in the very costly San Francisco Bay area. Homeowners were commuting 80 miles each way from their homes in Modesto to their jobs in the SF Bay area, but started walking away from their houses in droves when gas prices skyrocketed greater than $4.00 per gallon back in 2008.
The area pays competitively because hospitals need a way to attract experienced nurses to an otherwise undesirable region, and money talks. I find it strange and rather suspicious that local hospitals are recruiting a nurse from out of state when there are hoards of unemployed RNs in the region.
I am originally from a different part of California, and if I was offered a nursing job in Modesto, I would accept it in a heartbeat because I want to return to my home state even if I end up in a less desirable location.
Last edit by TheCommuter on Jun 12, '11
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