how about new mexico

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    Does anyone have any idea on what it is like to live and work in new mexico. I am a nurse practitioner and have been looking into moving there but am not sure where is a good place to live. I creently live in a pretty liberal city, but it has grown a bit and looking for something a bit more layed back and smaller.

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    You may want to repost this in the New Mexico forum - this one is Florida. However, since I'm a traveler and spend a lot of time in both FL and the southwest I can suggest that you may want to explore Santa Fe if you are looking for a smaller city that is smaller, liberal and laid back. I also enjoy Albuquerque, but it is a pretty large city, though like many southwestern cities it spreads out, not up, so it doesn't have quite that big city feel.
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    Quote from herrery
    Does anyone have any idea on what it is like to live and work in new mexico. I am a nurse practitioner and have been looking into moving there but am not sure where is a good place to live. I creently live in a pretty liberal city, but it has grown a bit and looking for something a bit more layed back and smaller.

    If you are looking for liberal go explore Taos. It is an art community with VERY liberal people. Lots of travelers go there but there are a lot of people who live there as well. GOOD LUCK
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    I worked at Holy Cross Hospital for 5 yrs in Taos. Absolutely beuatiful place to live. Particularly if you love outdoor stuff like skiing/hiking/flyfishing... etc Amazing 90 min technicolor sunsets. The hospital has it's problems though. Nepetism being one of them. Sad to say I finally had to go. The hospital management is complete chaos. Very poorly run. Openly and covertly hostile to staff. I tried to stay on the outside of it, but it sucked me in eventually. It's a small town of 15000 (30,000) in the county that just gets smaller the longer you stay. Small town politics. Lots of problems with drug addiction and alcohol. I'd also find myself driving to Santa Fe (75 mi) or Albuquerque (140 mi) for basic items. I was always surprised by what I couldnt get in the capital of NM.

    If you want more info, let me know
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    You know, your remarks are very similar to what I heard first hand from a nurse i met in passing in Taos. She seemed pretty heart broken by it. Doesn't sound like I want to put myself there at all. I'm used to working pretty independentally as a nurse practitioner and I certainly don't need a bunch of desk warmers breathing down my back.
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    I agree with the posts that there isn't much here. I moved here without a car (I am from the city) to find out they had no public transportation. So I am having a hard time getting around. Thankfully, people are nice enough to give me a ride. But, I miss my professionalism and structure that I got in Massachusetts.
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    Quote from herrery
    You know, your remarks are very similar to what I heard first hand from a nurse i met in passing in Taos. She seemed pretty heart broken by it. Doesn't sound like I want to put myself there at all. I'm used to working pretty independentally as a nurse practitioner and I certainly don't need a bunch of desk warmers breathing down my back.
    HI,
    New Mexico is a great place to live. Especially since you are a NP!! Nps' we have independent practice, you can set up your own practice without needing a collab. doc.
    It is called the Land of Enchantment because:
    Although it is a desert, NM has ski resorts, lots of lakes, mountains, Albuquerque is known as the Hot Air Balloon capital of the world. The annual balloon fest is in October. There are many military bases in New Mexico because they can get lots of flight time in.
    If you like to explore Native American cultures, NM has both anciet ruins such as Chaco canyon & Acoma Sky Pueblo, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands National Park, Forests, Mountains, Lakes plenty of roads for both bicyclists and motorcyles, RV's.

    The 2 largest cities are Albuquerque, which is home to the only medical school in New Mexico, University of New Mexico, which also has PA & FNP programs & PhD in nursing & Las Cruces where I am located is the second largest. It is 45 miles west of El Paso Texas & the Mexican border.

    Other towns & cities are rural in nature as fas as healthcare. It is difficult to attract physician specialties. For example, I believe that Las Cruces has only one neurosurgeon. The closest level 1 trauma center is in El Paso, so many patients are flown out. PM if you want more info!!!!
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    Quote from st4wb3rr33sh0rtc4k3
    I agree with the posts that there isn't much here. I moved here without a car (I am from the city) to find out they had no public transportation. So I am having a hard time getting around. Thankfully, people are nice enough to give me a ride. But, I miss my professionalism and structure that I got in Massachusetts.
    I am sorry that you were not told that you would need transportation. From your other post, I get the impression that you lived in a big city in Mass.
    But gee I lived in Wash DC and on Sundays the subway/buses did not run early enough to get to work by 6:30 am.
    It sounds like you are in a very small town where there may not even be a theater or mall. What is the population?
    Guess you would need a car to explore the area.
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    Quote from sailornurse
    I am sorry that you were not told that you would need transportation. From your other post, I get the impression that you lived in a big city in Mass.
    But gee I lived in Wash DC and on Sundays the subway/buses did not run early enough to get to work by 6:30 am.
    It sounds like you are in a very small town where there may not even be a theater or mall. What is the population?
    Guess you would need a car to explore the area.
    About 30,000. No real mall and a very small movie theatre.

    I just need a way to get to work. It is three miles away from where I live and sometimes I have to walk. It takes an hour and winter is coming. I tried buying a car today, but after a minute of driving away it broke down. I am stuck with a lemon. :trout: You can't sell lemons in Massachusetts.


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