Ca RN possibly relocating to MI, need help!

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    Hi Everyone, hoping you might be able to help me out. I am looking at relocating from southern Ca to the Detroit suburbs to be closer to family and I was trying to get an idea of what the average pay is for experienced RN's. I am a BSN with my with background in Tele/Cardiac nursing.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Forget about the pay. Trying to transfer a license into this state takes about 6 months.
    Clearly this is an exaggeration but not really. you can read on here where some have waited upwards of 12 weeks.
    Michigan is not welcoming to incoming nurses at all. If I had another choice I would hightail it out of here tomorrow.
    On top of that, jobs are few and far between. Ymmv but this is my take on it and I've been a nurse here for three years.
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    Sorry, I cant offer any advice except the unsolicited advice that you think a little bit longer about moving to Michigan. Living near family is nice but many more people have been leaving Michigan and their families behind to seek employment elsewhere. I really dont think that Michigan is going to see an economic rebound for at least a decade if that. Jobs are hard to come by and that is no joke. It might be easier for your family to move near you and find a job, lol.
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    It is true that the economy in Michigan is rough, however an experienced nurse like yourself should have no problem getting a job here. It is the new grads that have some trouble. You are looking at around 25/hr to start without differentials or anything. I would call some nurse recruiters and tell them your background. Try the St. John Providence system, DMC, or Henry Ford. Each has multiple hospitals scattered throughout Detroit and the surrounding suburbs. Best of luck.
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    Quote from Edie10
    It is true that the economy in Michigan is rough, however an experienced nurse like yourself should have no problem getting a job here. It is the new grads that have some trouble. You are looking at around 25/hr to start without differentials or anything. I would call some nurse recruiters and tell them your background. Try the St. John Providence system, DMC, or Henry Ford. Each has multiple hospitals scattered throughout Detroit and the surrounding suburbs. Best of luck.
    Thanks so much for the information, the idea of moving is still in the earlier stages of consideration and I just wanted to get an idea of the pay in relation to the cost of living.
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    Don't forget Beaumont Hospitals. You should have no problem if you have experience. In relation to cost of living...you can get some REALLY cheap houses here so you should do well!
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    What Suburbs are you locating too?
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    Quote from palmerfive
    Hi Everyone, hoping you might be able to help me out. I am looking at relocating from southern Ca to the Detroit suburbs to be closer to family and I was trying to get an idea of what the average pay is for experienced RN's. I am a BSN with my with background in Tele/Cardiac nursing.

    Thanks for your help.
    It's actually more important to look at the average pay vs cost of living ratio. You will find that although MI hospitals pay much less than CA, living in MI costs a lot less in terms of rent, real estate, gas prices, etc. The other thing to keep in mind too is that unlike CA, MI has no laws regarding RN to patient ratios in acute care settings. You will see some variabilities with nurse staffing on Tele/Cardiac units in different MI hospitals. Although you will find hospitals with unioninzed nurses in MI, the number of hospitals with nursing unions are definitely less compared to CA.
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    With your experience you should have no problem finding a contingent job within a hospital system - and that's what I'd reccomend. All of the major hospital systems are good employers, but you'll have a better chance of finding a unit and manager you like. You just may not have a choice of day or night shift to start.
    Check out Beaumont, Henry Ford, St. John's, DMC. Pay may vary (a little) but you may also be concerned about working conditions, benefits, tuition reimbursement, choice of shift.
    Smaller hospitals are Crittendon in Rochester and Mt. Clemens General.
    F/T pay is $25-$30 + diffs, depending on experience.
    Contingent pay is $35 ++, depending on experience.
    Best of luck!
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    Quote from juan de la cruz
    It's actually more important to look at the average pay vs cost of living ratio. You will find that although MI hospitals pay much less than CA, living in MI costs a lot less in terms of rent, real estate, gas prices, etc. The other thing to keep in mind too is that unlike CA, MI has no laws regarding RN to patient ratios in acute care settings. You will see some variabilities with nurse staffing on Tele/Cardiac units in different MI hospitals. Although you will find hospitals with unioninzed nurses in MI, the number of hospitals with nursing unions are definitely less compared to CA.

    Juan, can you share which hospitals you know of that are unionized?

    Thank you


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