I agree with the others that Creighton's educational programs are all excellent.
Likewise, for a city of its size, Omaha has remarkably good healthcare via a number of hospital systems including Nebraska Med. Ctr., Creighton (in conjunction with Boys' Town), Children's, Alegent, and Methodist, as well as an excellent network of out-patient agencies. Like all areas of the country, our local economy is hurt by the recession. Not as bad as most places, as unemployment here is at about 5% (high by NE standards, but better than most states.) Healthcare is a somewhat elective expense. No one can put off treatment for a heart attack, but elective procedures like cosmetics, Lasik, and even planned orthopedic surgeries drop off in hard economic times, so nursing jobs
are harder to come by. And Omaha has a number of nursing education programs (UNMC, Clarkson, Creighton, Methodist, Metro., Iowa Western), so competition is stiff for new grad jobs. That said, I don't know of too many new grads who are out of work here. It may not be their clinical area of choice, or full-time, but most seem to find something. I was a SAHM for 12 years and was forced back to work when my hubby was laid off. My license was current, and I had no trouble finding a job of my choice. That was 2 years ago.
We moved here 6-1/2 years ago when hubby was transferred from Chicago. The cost of living isn't cheap. I find it comparable to the cost of living in the Chicago area. Housing is a little less expensive here, but taxes are high, balancing things out. Omaha is a nice-sized city. I tend to take my kids to do things here that we didn't do in Chicago because traffic was such a hassle. We've been to see all of the major Broadway shows on tour, been to great concerts, visit the zoo regularly, etc. because nothing is more than 1/2 hour away.
I agree with a previous poster that you should check out the area thoroughly before deciding on housing. There are areas not far from the cacmpus that make the news all too often due to violence. But overall, Omaha is a nice, friendly city.