The Case for Practicing Nursing in Las Vegas - page 2

(originally posted by author's wife) vegas new grad opportunities post #1 my husband wrote this for my school's yahoo group. your comments are welcomed. the case for practicing nursing in... Read More

  1. by   iliel
    Quote from aathomstew
    I left Vegas a couple of years ago. Working 3 days a week 12 hour shifts my usual daycare bill for 2 kids was 750$ a month. It is very difficult to find decent childcare. The schools are beyond bad, overcrowded, poorly funded , violent unsafe, best thing I ever did getting my kids out. So put private school or homeschooling into your budget,

    1200square foot house 200,000$. Make sure you save up a down pmt. That's if you're lucky enough to find one. I would say not family friendly.

    It can be a fun place to stay for a while for adults but raising kids in a party town is a bad deal for them. I've seen too many kids turn onto drugs, raves, and the bigtime sex trade in that town.

    I worked at Valley, UMC, and did agency extra shifts at Sunrise, Desert Springs. I've worked so short staffed so many shifts that I couldn't count. Yes it's been a couple of years but it was common nightly to have 10 to 14 pts per nurse and maybe 2 CNAs to help out the whole floor. I couldn't count how many times I cried all the way home in the morning overwhelmed beyond belief. I worked Ortho/med/surg.

    That was my experience in LV. No amount of money could get me back.

    Good to hear it from someone who left.

    Oh, and BTW, not all of us ravers turn out so bad :chuckle But...and it's a big butt, that are not what they use to be and this town is all about sex.
  2. by   vegasccrn
    vegas is awesome.yes we are understaffed(is anyone truly staffed well)every hospital has its good and bad points.umc you have to work nites indefinetely(sometimes years);st rose you may have to float to both campuses.sunrise there are problems because some decisions can't be made locally and have to come through your homework
  3. by   mickeymouse1205
    I'm reading your posts and laughing EVERYTHING SAID IS SOOOO TRUE! I've been here for a little over a yr and dead on I say me and this town is a love hate relationship too. How funny. I'm from MA did you come from the east coast also? I think the traffic time is because of the lights, you can eat a cheeseburger waiting for the light to go green. Especially if your on a less used street late at night, on the east coast if you pull up(late at night) to a red light and there is no opposing traffic the green light on the other side changes to red and you get the green light. They have some type of sensors around them.Or if people would stop slamming their brakes on in the middle of the highway for no apparent reason (What is that about) that would save a lot of time. Its like a 24 gawk factor.
    The health care does stink out here and I too have taken an office job instead of being a real nurse because of it. If I ever got really sick ship my *** on the first plane to Boston. SERIOUSLY!
    C-ya Cheryl
  4. by   Euskadi1946
    I lived in and around Reno, Nevada for 28 years and I loved it. It's not as glitzy as Las Vegas but a little bit more expensive to live and it's also growing but not as fast as Las Vegas. I have worked at all 3 acute care facilities and worked in the Washoe Pregnancy Center several years ago. I now live in Salt Lake City and I would give my right arm to go back to Reno. I loved it there and the wages for nurses is not bad. We did quite well after I graduated from nursing school in 1993.
  5. by   tizmonster
    about Nevada....think the other area of Nevada. Carson City/Reno.

    Pay is very similar, patient population is lower.

    I have all kinds of pictures of this area - if you interested in pursing nursing in Nevada - PM me - maybe I can steer you to an operation that would appreciate those with a great critical care back ground. Relocation assistance is totally possible..
  6. by   sktr77
    Is there a steady supply of jobs in Vegas? I don't see much activity in this forum for Nevada. I may be moving here next year and would appreciate your input. Thanks. Craig.
  7. by   Lifeisabeach
    Yes there is a steady supply of nursing positions open around here. Vegas keeps on growing and they keep building new hospitals everytime i look around, dont know what area of nursing you are in but i know there is a big shortage out here just as every where else you look. they also have good sign on bonus!!
  8. by   mifligirl
    Currently in kansas, working as an LPN. will have my RN end of 2006. married w/ 4 boys 11,6,4,2. what is a good area? have visited several times and liked it. used to live in LA before we had kids.
  9. by   Lifeisabeach
    There are many areas to live in that are good, just depends on a hospital you would like to work. Summerlin is good, green valley/henderson is growing and is a good area and so is the north west area, which is also growing. i dont ever recommend downtown of course with kids especially! Always avoid crime ridden areas, which is in the more condensed areas, if you want more specifics i can get that for you since my husband is CSI with metro. just email me at
  10. by   Geez
    I'd like to move to vegas because california's cost of living is so high yet vegas is 4plus hrs from family in Calif. What areas do I avoid when looking for houseing? I know Henderson is ok and Summerlin What about the area around Nellis AFB?
  11. by   Burntfrom1969
    I've lived here for twenty plus years. Came as a new grad and done a variety of practice, ortho, ICU, ER, Flights, PICU, NICU, etc. UMC is it, period. Retirement is 2 1/2 % for each year you stay. That's 50% of your base pay after twenty years. You contribute, zero. You can do up to thirty years...75% of your base pay. Add deferred compensation and you can retire with the same pay check you earned while you worked. Who stays thirty years? Well I've done twenty and never planned to stay in LV this long , but you have to live somewhere. 320 days of sunshine. Get a pool if you don't like the heat. Run out of H20? We'll get water from somewhere we'll just pay a little more for it. It's (water) still cheaper than many areas of the country. Crime is everywhere...but no one has cut a fetus from a pregnant woman here yet, so there. Gangs are everywhere too so keep your kids close and love them to death whether you live here or Grand Is. Neb. Back to UMC. There's no deduction for social security either. That's 6.2% more each pay period in your pocket. No state income tax as well. That's another (on the average) 6% more in your pocket. Total...12% +. If your from ohio or CA. $140.00 out of every thousand dollars in your pocket that you would not see otherwise. After a few years there's longevity pay. Also 11.3 hours of vacation per payday = 7 weeks vacation a year on a twelve hour shift work schedule (after 5 years). The damn union runs the place. Good or bad, it does makes the grunts life easier. 2 pts ICU/CCU, 4-5 in IMC, 5-8 on the med surg, so don't work med surg unless your organized and young. Besides its not always eight pts either. Usually six to seven. And that's night shift too. Day shift is less pts. Drawback for LV is housing. It has really gone up in price. But an experienced nurse can make sixty to seventy thousand a year with overtime and not kill herself (him). So if your husband is not a bum you'll do ok. Schools do stink as well. But remember you have to manage your own child's homework and attitude towards it. Send em to Sylvan if they don't get it...I had to. It's your kid spend the time and money early and it will be less than when they're older. Hope this helps. Good luck.
    Last edit by Burntfrom1969 on Mar 6, '05

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