I'm a 42 y/o married father of a 3 yo from Northeast PA. (low cost of living but low salaries too). Better in Allentown and Philly I'm told. I'll graduate with a second degree BSN in May and am starting to decide where to start my Nursing career (after 15 years in the computer field yeah everyone's heard of the dot.com bust) . Could I get some opinions on what City/Area is best for recent nursing graduates considering salaries/working environment/weather/cost of living/culture/schools
. I've just read on Salaries.com how bad New York/San Fran/Honolulu/LA are and how good Huntsville/Knoxville/Reading, PA/and York, PA are but apparently culture and weather weren't part of their equation. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Oct 17, '06
Quote from gemini901d
Well thanx to the 4 "secure" people on this board who bothered to respond though 200+ took a look. As underwhelming as I could have asked for. I guess "tell us what freaks you out" is a more amusing and gossipy subject worthy of 5+ pages of responses. I guess I can file this in the "If I'm happy where I am I'm not telling dept." It looks like the nursing field is the same as any other.
Ouch! Interesting reaction to the responses or lack of them.
Maybe the reason people do not respond is that we don't know other people's niches, only our own. So how can we tell you where the 'best' place to live is? There have been other threads on allnurses that mention wage and housing prices. That's about the best information we can give you. You might search for some of them. There are also things like ratios of patients to nurses to take into consideration...and I only know what quality of living means to me, not to someone else.
In my neck of the woods, central california, without a speck of 'woods' in sight, a new nurse can expect 23.00 an hour and my smallish (1300) sq ft house is worth around $300,000 oh, and the air quality is horrible. No rain, though!
Last edit by Halinja on Oct 17, '06
Oct 17, '06
Thank you for the response. What I was wondering and trying to get some opinions on is Where and Why newly graduated nurses have actually chosen to live and work. I'm trying to figure out why someone unless you're born there like me in Pennsylvania and have family there would possibly choose to live in Pennsylvania (I did list a Few positives) or any other similiar area (ie Columbus, Louisville, Detroit, Kansas City, Omaha and on and on and on...
Unless you are making ALOT of money who would actually chose to move here (Pa) or any of those other places. I understand about cost of living but doesn't Anaheim or San Diego area look ALOT better as examples only? I'm mean nurses do work there, right? I mean, if I'm not making alot more money in Spokane why would I move there? All other things being the same I'd rather be a little poorer due to the cost of living in a nicer place. Who would move to Buffalo for 22/hr.?????????
I've heard that all nurse's in CA are unionized and therefore make more money than other states? Is that not true? $35.00 /hr in Anaheim even after cost of living looks ALOT better than $22/hr in Atlanta or Birmingham or PA. Am I missing something????
Last edit by gemini901d on Oct 17, '06