Thinking of moving

  1. Hello fellow nurses!

    I've been pondering the idea of moving. Does anyone know of any part of the country that is a "good" nursing area. I know that sounds kind of silly, but I was just curious. Thanks!
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  3. by   AHarri66
    I guess it depends on what you're looking for. If it's a large concentration of top hospitals with diverse demographics, I would suggest the Boston, MA area. I'm a little biased, I admit, but Boston has great hospitals, and most are affiliated with some top universities and colleges. For example: Mass General, Deaconess, Beth-Israel, Brigham & Women's, Joslin Diabetes Center, Tufts, Boston Medical Center, etc etc etc. Probably the highest concentration of hospitals per capita in the world, LOL.
    Boston is a very cool city with lots and lots to do. It does get pretty darned cold, though, and the cost of living can be high.

    If money is a motivating factor, a new study shows the Far West and Mid-Atlantic states offer the top average salaries. (New England has been bumped to third place.) I'll include the link:

    http://www.rnweb.com/be_core/r/templ...html#section17

    Good luck!
  4. by   llg
    It depends on how you define "good." For example, if you want the highest salary, you might take a job in a place where the nursing shortage is the worst. But then again, that might mean a terrible work environment. (That's why they are paying such high salaries.)

    If you define "good" as big in research, then a major teaching hospital might be best for you. But then again, sometimes major teaching hospitals can be "zoos" with people coming and going and a lot of instability. If you don't like to work with a lot of students and residents, a large teaching hospital might not be "good" for you. You might like a small community hospital better in which you really get to know people and work only with attending physicians.

    You also need to consider "good" in reference to the quality of life in the surrounding community. Do you consider "good" to be a big city or a smaller town? Do you consider "good" to include a long commute to and from work every day? What about the cost of living? etc. etc. etc.

    So ... how do you define "good?"

    llg
  5. by   ERNurse752
    Indianapolis, IN isn't too bad right now...(in my opinion.)

    We have a couple Level I Trauma Centers in town...2 children's hospitals...some "metropolitan" hospitals, and some smaller community hospitals/rural hospitals...oh, and lets not forget the new heart hospitals opening up, and the ortho hospital that is going to start being built, etc...

    IUPUI is here, which has BSN, MSN and PhD programs in nursing...

    Downfall - probably pretty similar to where you are now.

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