Best City to Work/ Have a Career in - page 2

Several coworkers and I were talking tonight about places around the US that are the best places for nurses to live (in regards to pay/ cost of living and ratios). A new nurse came here to Portland,... Read More

  1. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from gladzrold
    new grads in new york make 78,000?haha!i dont believe that!i worked in new york city as RN for 7 years and i didnt get 78,000 annual..i had to work double to keep up with my bills!
    *** Of course, that's NY City. What did you expect?
  2. by   rnwichita
    Not in Wichita KS, hospitals start @ 19.75 while LTCs. 20-23 per hour. COL not that cheap either.
  3. by   PatMac10,RN
    I'm in SE NC. As a new grad I've been offered pay anywhere from $20.80-$24.60/hr all of the hospitals I've got job offers from pay at least 3.50 for evening and night differential and 4.50-5.50 for weekend diff.

    However one hospital offered a bases pay of $20.80, but weekend diff is $10/more an hr for any shift on weekends (days or nights) and evening/night shift diff for this hospital is $4.25/hr too. So the pay is to shabby for this area.

    Cost of living isn't nearly as bad as some cities, but it is steadily increasing.
  4. by   juan de la cruz
    Quote from multi10
    San Francisco is the best city in the world for nurses. First of all, it's an inspiring place to live. It is so beautiful. The vistas are breathtaking.
    such high praises for the city by the bay, LOL.

    Quote from multi10
    The pay is fantastic and staff ratios are adhered to because of heavy union presence.
    very true, new RN's start around $53/hr...ratios are mandated and followed because CNA/NNU's watchdog is very strong around here though I heard other hospitals have SEIU and they're not as good.

    Quote from multi10
    San Francisco has Major teaching hospitals/universities with fantastic learning opportunities available for nurses.
    very true

    Quote from multi10
    The public transportation (BART) system can take you anywhere very efficiently. San Francisco is a walkable city. (You don't have to use a treadmill at the gym, just walk up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco.)
    yeah but hate Muni though, but that's just me.

    Quote from multi10
    Granted, the cost-of-living is high in San Francisco, but nurse salaries are high. Besides rent (or housing), San Francisco is not expensive. The food costs (especially inasmuch as there are so many healthy and cheap foods available), plus no smog/air pollution, makes this my # 1 choice as a healthy city and optimal environment for nurses.
    very true, besides rents being so expensive ($1500 for a studio in a crappy neighborhood!), everything else is OK as long as you live within a budget...and no snow! yet Tahoe is just hours away.
  5. by   rnwichita
    Lets say you're paid twice a month and the first check can pay all your monthly bills and the second check you deposit in your savings account (holding all factors constant), then a RN in San Francisco will have more in their accounts. Right?
  6. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from rnwichita
    Lets say you're paid twice a month and the first check can pay all your monthly bills and the second check you deposit in your savings account (holding all factors constant), then a RN in San Francisco will have more in their accounts. Right?
    *** That an RN in San Francisco could pay all her monthly bills with one pay check a month is a huge assumption. Having spent some time in the area and having RN friends who work in the area I very much doubt it.
    If I could make more money after COL in SF I would be working there.
  7. by   KJM-RN
    Quote from gladzrold
    new grads in new york make 78,000?haha!i dont believe that!i worked in new york city as RN for 7 years and i didnt get 78,000 annual..i had to work double to keep up with my bills!
    On Long Island, some new grads are starting at $85000 (night differential included)
  8. by   multi10
    I can't help it. I'm in love with San Francisco. For nurses, it's just the best. The prestigious medical centers and hospitals where we all learn so much. Golden Gate Park to walk through. Napa and Sonoma for wine tasting. Tahoe for skiing.
  9. by   Mishadeville
    This is where I hope to move to for nursing school after the military
  10. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from Mishadeville
    This is where I hope to move to for nursing school after the military
    I wish you good luck. But I should point out that unemployment for new grad RNs in California is currently around 50%, and as bad or worse in the Bay area.
  11. by   nursephillyphil
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA definitely best place to work. I live about a 20 minute BART (subway) ride from downtown so i save a ton on living costs. after 1 year of working in a snf and now in acute care i make 58/hour plus 10% differential for pm : $62 plus full medical and my employer matches 5% of retirement contributions. toss in the diversity of sf, tons of things to do and places to eat at. Also, our hospitals are ALWAYS expanding, SF General just opened up their new building, UCSF just recently opened their mission bay campus, and Kaiser will be opening a new building nearby too.
  12. by   Libby1987
    I'm a big fan of SF, spend a lot of time there due to my SO living in the city, but the housing situation has changed drastically with the tech boom. My SO's apartment (tiny and modest) acquired 4 yrs ago during the down economy at $1,700/mo now goes for $3,500+ (thank goodness for rent control). The house next door was remodeled recently and with a bidding war, sold for 500K over asking price, in a very modest neighborhood. There are a lot of kids out there making boatloads of money.

    We have friends who just rented out their house for 13K/month. It's a nice house in a better neighborhood but it's also rather ordinary.

    I was going to move there but we'd have to move to a different apartment, something not so tiny. They're starting at 4K/ month in an undesirable neighborhood with questionable. safety.

    If I were young and wanted to live rougher, or commute, SF could be a strong enough draw, but I'm used to a higher standard of living so we'll settle in my area with our Northern California wages and more affordable housing.

    So to answer an old OP, Northern California outside of the Bay Area, in the pretty foothills sandwiched 2 hrs between SF and Tahoe.
  13. by   L&DAthleteNurseBSN
    I love Houston

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