Racism in the south? - page 2

Hi there, I'm quite far from graduating, but that hasn't stopped me from daydreaming about my future and where I would like to work! I am very interested in working in the rural south - Louisiana,... Read More

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    From Southeast Louisiana here. I am a white, middle-class citizen. I grew up in a racist family, and have some integrated/mulatto family members as well. I grew up seeing both sides of the coin, and ultimately have decided that the community down here isn't so much racist as it is elitist. I think mostly people will treat you in direct reflection of how you hold yourself. There are, unfortunately, stereotypes (black, white, hispanic, etc...). Ultimately, you are the one who gets to decide if you will perpetuate one stereotype or another. I wish you all the best! I think you will have a lovely time here, honestly. I think that racism in the south is depicted quite dated in film. I am in a bedroom community of NOLA, and spent ten plus years living in NOLA, for reference.

    Happy trails to you

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    Before you plan to make the move to work in a rural area in the South, you might want to research salaries. I think you will find them to be below average for larger cities and way lower than other more northern states. Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida are very low paying states in the nursing field. I think Mississippi is the worst. My daughter lives in Mississippi and works as an RN in Louisiana because of the lower than average pay rate for RN's.
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    I've lived in Louisiana for the past 10 years, in New Orleans, in a small, rural town near the Texas border, and now in Lake Charles, which is a city of approximately 70,000 surrounded by small, rural communities.

    Earlier posts are correct that pay here is much lower than other states, particularly in the north. Nurses in this area often move to Texas, particularly Houston, as the hourly rate increases $8-15/hour. Another consideration is nurse/patient ratios. In the large hospitals in my area, the nurse / patient ratio is generally 1:6-7. On my unit, we can have as many as 8 patients before the staffing matrix calls for another nurse.

    Other considerations about the rural south: very religious, conservative politically, poor public education system, widespread poverty, and it's HOT. Regarding rural communities specifically, there's a real need for nurses, and your work could be very rewarding. People here are polite and friendly but a little suspicious of outsiders. Most people where I now live have been in this area for at least 4-5 generations, and as soon as they hear your name, they immediately try to make connections to which particularly family in what exact local town.

    I love living in southern Louisiana, and encourage you to come visit. There's delicious food - Cajun, creole, seafood - and wonderful music... quite a unique culture.
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    I live in Alabama and was raised in Tennessee. I've lived, mostly in bigger cities, my grandparents live in a very rural closed minded area of East Ky that is very weary of outsiders in general, regardless of skin color. In the rural areas you will find that a lot of people have known each other since being in elementary school, an their parents before them, and theirs before them. I white, was felt very discriminated against (and my son as well in his school) because I didn't grow up in that town. We moved to Huntsville and feel very welcomed and included in the community here. There are several AA in our neighborhood and they are very friendly as well as the Hispanics and other whites.

    I really just think rural communities are more likely to be weary of outsiders than towns and cities with more population, where everyone doesn't know everybody.

    I'm sure there are plenty of rural communities that welcome new comers though. I love living in Huntsville, feels more "home" to me than where I lived for the previous 12 years before moving here.

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