Considering a move to Boise... - page 3

by Stitchie

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Hi! My DH and I are considering a move to the Boise area for my DH's job. I'm an ER nurse and very much want to stay in ED nursing. Can anyone tell me about salaries (here in Chicago I'm close to $23.00/hour before... Read More


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    I really like Nampa and Idaho in general. It is definitely cheaper to live here than California. My husband hurt his back four years ago in Ca and we couldn't live on one salary so I got on the net and couldn't believe how nice this place sounded and how cheap it was My dad and I came up 2 weeks later and we moved up 2 weeks after that. There are some gang issues in part of Nampa and in Caldwell which is only a few miles from here. My life has never been impacted by it and I think the areas where they have the trouble are not areas you would move to. Any of the North streets should be avoided (not that many actually) just to be safe but like I said I have never been impacted by this. I go out to dinner here, go to bars here (some weird ones I might add) to watch my husband's band, I have been over to friends' houses at night and some of them live in the old neighborhoods and they love it. I absolutely love the mall in Boise. It is clean and free from scary weirdos, my dad and I both noticed it when we came to visit and I still feel that way. I let my children play out front and we never did that in Ca. My husband has had 2 surgeries since we moved here and I have been very impressed with St. Luke's and was fairly happy with his care at St. Al's. If you are going to live in any area of Idaho I would guess that this area has the most medical and nursing expertise and accordingly the most to offer in terms of jobs. On of our Boise hospitals is used for several states when they have major trauma. If you have specific nursing questions let me know; all of my colleagues worked in this area in "regular" nursing fields and they know the landscape and the people well so I ask them questions all the time. I have a good friend who is a good person and is very trust worthy if you want someone to show you the real estate market. Let me know if you want her number. Hope this helps.
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    Quote from Panka
    I live in Caldwell, about 25 miles from Boise, and about 11 miles from Nampa. There is a lot of wide open space here still and lately horse raising has really caught on. We have a beautiful state. We are currently looking for LPN's and RN's at our building...Panka
    I just was informed today that my triage job in a 5 doctor OB/Gyn office is being dissolved. I was working one day per week and the other triage nurse was working 4 days per week. I am looking for a 1-2 days per week job preferrably in the ob/gyn area. However, I would be open to anything if it would be 1-2 days per week or prn work that would be 1 day per week. I was wondering what you know of in your building. I live in Nampa and have a BSN in nursing. My daughter and her 3 children are moving back to the area after 14 years, so a 1 day per week job would be ideal. Thanks for your help.
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    We have lived in the Boise-area since 1997. We love it here. The home prices are increasing but if you compare them to the east or west coast they are CHEAP.

    I am an RN -plan on staying for the duration!!
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    Wow! Glad I happend upon this thread. I am going to Boise in two weeks to check things out. We won't be able to move until Dec. though, as that is when DH graduates from nursing school. By the sounds of it, this is the right place for us. A lot of nursing job opportunities (I am a NICU RN and he is interested in Psych). Also cost of homes is a LOT better than where I am.

    What do wages range? Are there any sign on bonuses currently? I was told St. Lukes was offering $!0,000 and relocation in 2002.
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    St. Al's and St. Luke's offered a substantial sign -on in 2002.

    I don't believe that program is still in effect although there might be a smaller package now.
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    I just read this whole thread. I grew up in SW Oregon. It was a wonderful place with fairly inexpensive land and homes and lots of outdoor sports. Around 1989, as the mills were closing down and all my friends parents were losing their jobs, people started moving there. Mosty from Cal. The price of land shot up and pretty soon working people could not afford to live there. Only a few of the people I went to high school live there now. They are the children of people who owned important businesses in town. They are the only ones that can afford to live there.
    I have visited Boise several times. The last time was a year ago. I found houses to be very, very expensive comparied to here in Wisconsin. Idaho is beautiful and the people were very nice but the cost of a decent house with a little land was way more than I could afford as an RN.
    Here in Wisconsin we purchased a nice 4 bedroom, 2 bath house on 40 acres, half wooded, half pasture 1/2 mile from the Black river for $82,000. We also got a two car garage and a nice pole shed set up for horses and room to store toys. We live 15 miles from a national forest. New grad starting wages are WAY higher than Idaho. New Grad nurses start at $27.70/hour before differentials at Meriter Hospital (www.meriter.com). Working night shift on weekends can get you $7/hour more in differentials.
    I love Idaho and would move there in a heart beat if I could get anything like the property and wages that I could get in Wisconsin.
    I suggest those considering moving to Idaho should consider Wisconsin.
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    Wisconsin is NOT Idaho. I grew up in the midwest and DH grew up in WI. Taxes are HIGH in Wisconsin. In-laws still live there. Not everywhere in WI is cheap. If you live in the middle of nowhere of COURSE it is cheap there. Try buying a house on a lake by Eau Claire-you could buy a LOT(not house and lot ) on a nice(not green, fishing lake)lake for $250,000 starting.

    i also prefert he weather in Idaho-mild but still 4 seasons.....
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    [quote=Otessa]Wisconsin is NOT Idaho.

    ** No, you are right, it's not. However unlike Idaho Wisconsin does not have hoards of Californians wanting to move to it and turn it into another California North as they have with SW Oregon.

    Not everywhere in WI is cheap. If you live in the middle of nowhere of COURSE it is cheap there. Try buying a house on a lake by Eau Claire-you could buy a LOT(not house and lot ) on a nice(not green, fishing lake)lake for $250,000 starting.

    *** I suspect that a lot on a lake in Idaho would be a lot more. Don't get me wrong. Idaho is a wonderful state, at least for now. I hope that what has happend to SW Oregon does not happen to Idaho but it looks like its headed that way.
    I am the kind of person Idaho loves. I go there, spend lots of money, then go home

    i also prefert he weather in Idaho-mild but still 4 seasons.

    *** So do thousands of Californians who are selling their property by the square foot for big bucks and moving to Idaho.
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    [quote=PMFB-RN]
    Quote from Otessa
    Wisconsin is NOT Idaho.

    ** No, you are right, it's not. However unlike Idaho Wisconsin does not have hoards of Californians wanting to move to it and turn it into another California North as they have with SW Oregon.

    Not everywhere in WI is cheap. If you live in the middle of nowhere of COURSE it is cheap there. Try buying a house on a lake by Eau Claire-you could buy a LOT(not house and lot ) on a nice(not green, fishing lake)lake for $250,000 starting.

    *** I suspect that a lot on a lake in Idaho would be a lot more. Don't get me wrong. Idaho is a wonderful state, at least for now. I hope that what has happend to SW Oregon does not happen to Idaho but it looks like its headed that way.
    I am the kind of person Idaho loves. I go there, spend lots of money, then go home

    i also prefert he weather in Idaho-mild but still 4 seasons.

    *** So do thousands of Californians who are selling their property by the square foot for big bucks and moving to Idaho.


    I moved to Idaho from Cali and believe me it will never be a "California North". Personally, I don't like it here. So I'm going to finish up my education and as soon as I am done I'll be moving back to Cali. And as far as tons of Californians selling their houses, making alot of money and moving, can you really blame them? Cali is expensive to live and some people decide it's not for them anymore. It gets really old hearing people talk about how Californians are ruining everything.


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