I'm looking to chat with nurses in the Boston and Cambridge areas. I'm an experienced RN, BSN from San Francisco, California who is toying with the idea of relocating to Boston in the next few years. Just looking for some info from a local perspective as to wages, hospitals, ratios, etc. I'm happy to reciprocate if your interested in nursing life in San Francisco.
I have 4 years of experience and all of that has been in the Emergency Department (will have 5+ years by the time I expect to make this move). I work in a level 2 ER currently. Moderate experience with trauma. My ER is a stroke center, has a cath lab, with all the bells and whistles. I'm also a PICC nurse and have 1 1/2 years experience placing PICC lines.
So, what would I expect to make? Are the union hospitals vs non-union pay scales much different?
Any hospitals with good reputations you think I should check out?
I think most consider the standard of living in Boston to be high - but coming from SF I doubt I would even bat an eye. I know I'd expect a pay cut moving to Mass but I think some of that would be offset by the lower standard of living.
Any input?? What ever info you have to share is greatly appreciated.