Hello from the northern reaches of society in the cold state of Minnesota (todays low -10 F). My main interest in joining this forum is to explore other nursing experiences in other regions of our country. My nursing experience is fairly brief. I graduated in spr 2000, started in psych nursing (lasted 7 mo.), worked as a float nurse in an acute care hospital for a year and then decided to try ICU where I finally found a place to call home. I have spent the last 4+ yrs at the same hospital in Duluth Minnesota and have been generally satisfied. Along the way when working as a float nurse I started working on a MS degree as a FNP, which lasted a year, have not decided whether it is worth the effort to finish. My latest interest is moving from the area and finding warmer but yet safe and comparable working conditions in a southern part of the country, preferably the southeast. I have not filled out my profile yet but will shortly. I hope to find out about other's experiences and also obtain some information so that I can make an informed decision as to where my career will lead me. Hope to hear from others. HAPPY NEW YEAR!