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    Unsettling? If I were 22, single, and still had a passion to see the as much of the world as I could, working as an RN: what would be the follow-up criteria for job hunting? If I were living a baller lifestyle, had a serious credit/tution loan/medical bill hangover, as well as a desire to serve my country in a manner that I can be proud of at the same time. . . What would I do?

    Having been in nursing long enough to have convinced a few younger folks to enter the field out of a sense of wonder and fulfillment, I know there are many reasons to "follow the money," early in one's career. At some point, money can be a deciding factor for all of us, myself included (medical bills caused by an uninsured motorist that initially cost about $500K, a loss of almost 3 years salary, along with disabling injuries will do that to you sometimes). The U.S. hires nurses from countries already having nursing shortages much worse than our own, by promising higher wages than the countries they already live in. Nursing jobs in Iraq typically have some of the most stringent vetting processes, leaving those positions open only to the most highly qualified nurses who can gain valuable experience while in a hostile environment. I would be honored to work next to the nurse that's been through hell, and can now easily work in difficult situations like the complete and total B.S. drama caused by insecure nurses who are incapable of just doing their jobs, and have to raise trouble around them in order to hide their own incompetency.

    Following the money as a rule is unwise and possibly not the most ethical thing to do. The occasional post looking for the highest salary only makes me wistful for the days when I was footloose and fancy free. Fortunately, offers a place to ask more questions about work in war-torn countries, but when it comes down to it, some people are all about the money. I am loathe to do it myself, but I'm going back to work in a specialty I'm not truly in love with, so I can get experience and go traveling. Traveling so I can make some extra cash and go back to school. Back to school so I can get a nursing home administrator's license and my MBA. So I can open my own Eden Alternative nursing home and surround myself with the love and community/family for the rest of my life. And, (oh yea) I've still got some huge medical debts to pay off!

    The last job I took was in case management/clinical supervision and I thought I was going to hate it, until the Administrator told me she would make certain I would get the best training available. She lied, and was fired soon after. . . but not before she coaxed me into working for her with an astronomical salary and a significant bonus to boot. Even though turnover at the company I went to work for is now at over 200% in a one year period (20+ people have worked for this small company of only 10 people in the last 10 months), I was able to provide the highest level of care to my patients. A level of care I will never again be able to provide for a multitude of reasons, but I certainly loved and cared for them like nobodies business for the 3 months I worked there. A new Administrator came in, and cleaned house by hiring only people that had formerly worked for her. . . only the old office manager still works there. I was devastated when I lost my job, because I was being paid too much and I spent too much time giving my patients personal attention, but I realize it was a necessary corporate move. (Though I wish the new Admin. had asked me to take a pay cut and give up my bonus instead.) I gladly continued volunteering care for some of the patients that my company quickly dropped because they were not "making" enough money for the company. Altruistic motives are not necessarily lost when one asks where the money is. Perhaps, asking follow-up questions like: "How do you intend to make yourself worth your princely salary," would be worthwhile asking of the people following-the-money. You might be pleasantly surprised at the answers you get. Rationalization/justification is a slippery slope of its own, but survival in a world mostly driven by the pursuit of money puts us all in situations we are not entirely comfortable with sometimes. I'd like to think I'm growing up, not growing old. . . so I'll admit my logic may be faulty, but I have goals that transcend working for the man the rest of my life. Working for human kind in the U.S. requires power and wealth that can be achieved in a limited number of ways.

    I know that I can (and will) make a difference in this world, and that by taking the (mostly) intentional journey I am taking that: I will be able to open a large alternative home and make a SIGNIFICANT difference for the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people. It will take years, but with the philosophies to help guide me (in my sometimes wayward ways) I know certain things will come to fruition if I live long enough. The elders that come to my home will continue to thrive, the folks that come to work for me will be handsomely rewarded with not only monetary but intrinsic values, and it will all cost LESS than a regular nursing home.

    I welcome any response, but will only consider those that are constructive. Thank you. R.

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    Temple, TX is a nice enough place. My girlfriend is from there, so we would go up once in while to visit family/friends. It's close to Austin, which has been like heaven to me, since moving here almost 10 years ago. Temple is a smaller city, and Scott/White is a disproportionately large hospital for a city of that size, for several reasons. I don't know about the crime rate or anything, but just as with Austin: there aren't any scary neighborhoods or anything that I know of. It's a
    "physician heavy" town (highest number of physicians per capita in TX). If you're ready to live in a town with about 50K +/- people, you might like it. You will be living in Texas though. . . a big red state. Think conservative until you get a feel for the land. Close to 4 major cities, if you consider close to be within 200 miles or less. Come visit Austin asap, esp. if you're more of a liberal type. Good luck.