I'm currently working a weekend only program. I'm a first year Rn so my base rate of pay is fairly low. The great thing about the weekend program is that the hourly rate is not based on your experience level. I'm able to make $40 an hour working 7a-7:30p on Saturday and Sunday. The program is also benefitted so I am able to provide health benefits for my family. There is also plenty of time for me to pick up extra time during the week through the hospitals pool program. I can earn $38 dollars an hour during the week this way. Needless to say, I am very happy with my compensation. Now here comes the rub. My wife and I have 4 school aged children. We are in a fairly small home and would like to sell our home and purchase a 5 bedroom house.
In the philadelphia suburbs, a house like that in a good school district will run $400,000 and up. I just don't want to pay that much for a house. We'd like to relocate to a warmer climate. There are beautiful houses in the Southeast that meet our needs for under $250,000. Unfortunately the pay for nurses is at least 25% less than what I'm making now. Does anyone know of an area that has good schools
, affordable housing, and good weekend and pool rates for an RN? Warm weather a plus. I'm open to any and all suggestions.