If you could, where would you nurse? What state and why?

  1. I hope you all are not getting sick of these questions, but..........

    I am doing research.....I want adventure, challenge, change....

    If you could pick a state, I am avoiding large urban areas, want nice med size hospital, good learning opporunity, university near by......

    I am an ICU RN, Canadian and need to do my homework.

    What are your suggestions? What are your experiences.....why is your place of work good-bad............ I would love to hear from you.

    Thanks J.
    Last edit by JMP on Apr 14, '02
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   ERNurse752
    I've only ever worked in Indiana...but if I had a choice, I would pick somewhere near either mountains or an ocean. Afraid I don't have any actual information for you though.
  4. by   4XNURSE
    JMP

    Having only worked in California, I am probably not the kind of expert you want. I do however have an opinion.

    I've seen most of this country, and have family from coast to coast. My choices would be:

    # 1. Albequerque, New Mexico - great weather, lots of things to do, UNM, nice people.

    # 2. Colorado, - anywhere. Mountains, climate, skiing!!! ....

    just my $ .02

    ken
  5. by   JMP
    Thanks Ken..........We continue to like Flagstaff AZ for the climate, mountains, proximity to Sedona, etc etc.

    I just have to keep doing researh....... planning......... this will be such a big change for us.

    Maybe a stupid question but........ Arizona, does not have the death penality? Does it?
  6. by   4XNURSE
    Originally posted by JMP
    Thanks Ken..........

    Maybe a stupid question but........ Arizona, does not have the death penality? Does it?
    JMP,

    Yes.

    http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~critcrim/dp/states.using.txt

    ken
  7. by   JMP
    Ken

    YIKES!

    J.
  8. by   JMP
    Ken

    Double YIKES. Suddenly Arizona maybe is not such a great idea! :-(
  9. by   RNforLongTime
    If I had a choice, I would choose either North or South Carolina--I have been to both places and I love it there! Especially the beach! Spent my honeymoon in Myrtle Beach and visited Carolina Beach, NC (it's near Wilmington) one weekend. If only I could talk hubby into moving!
  10. by   Harleyhead
    Florida, Great Wheather, Great job security(too many elders not enough nurses),good people
  11. by   4XNURSE
    Originally posted by JMP
    Ken

    Double YIKES. Suddenly Arizona maybe is not such a great idea! :-(
    Wassa matter?

    You planning a capitol murder, or somthing? LOL

    Even in the states that have the death penalty there are few done. I live/work where there are a lot of things I don't agree with. I just have to pick what I choose to do about others wisdom, or lack of same. For me, ignorance is sometimes the best policy. - So I ignore some peoples ignorance.

    just my $ .02

    ken
  12. by   kids
    Enid Oklahoma
    smallish towns
    <blue cats>
    low crime rate
    wages at the top end of the local economy
    <channel cat>
    small selection of medium sized hospitals
    tolerable cost of living
    <flathead cats>
    close to inlaws and step son
    good schools
    <blue/channel hybrid cats>
    with in 2 hours of big cities (OKC and Wichita)
    mother in laws cooking
  13. by   live4today
    If I could choose anyplace I want to work and live, it would be in Southern California, or San Luis Obispo, California. I have lived and worked at a lot of places in California, and there's no place like being nearest to the Pacific Blue Waters there. Ahhhhhhhhh! The fresh cool waters...the warm breeze that brushes past my skin and face as I take in a very deep breath and let it out slowly. I can envision it so well. I love California!
  14. by   micro
    there is a total nursing shortage in the midwest cornbelt.........Iowa/Illinois.........lots of opportunities and benefits.....along with the headaches that we all seem to share.............
    not that I may stay here the rest of my nursing career.....
    it is wide open.......
    then you have nurses like Jayna.......now she is truly an adventurer and great nursing model.......
    I at this point in my life am not that brave.........

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