Real Life in NYC - page 6

I have some questions for all the NYC nurses out there, as I wish to relocate there someday (i.e., approx 2 years or so): 1. Do you love living in NYC? Why or why not? 2. Any hospitals there... Read More

  1. by   AznMurse
    have some questions for all the NYC nurses out there, as I wish to relocate there someday (i.e., approx 2 years or so):

    1. Do you love living in NYC? Why or why not?
    -Yes I Heart New York baby! The variety of people it has, the things you can do, places you can go and eat, b'way shows, downtown shopping, central park, Outerboroug dinning out (Williamsburg-Brooklyn, Astoria-Queens) People are generally nice esp. native New Yorkers. I can't vouch for the rest. I have been living in NYC since I left my homeland and consider this great city my new home. Most of my friends are native New Yorkers and they are very nice people.
    I take the Subway everyday and it's always interesting. You see different types of people speaking different languages. visually and auditorily entertaining. Interestingly enough, when you take the train at a set time you almost bump into the same people you took the train with when you left your apartment.

    2. Any hospitals there with magnet status?
    Not sure about this one. I am still a student nurse.

    3. Which hospitals there have the best reputations (in terms of quality of care, treatment of nurses and staff)?
    -check on Columbia Presbyterian, Lenox Hill, New York Methodist

    4. What's your average annual salary and is it enough to live on in expensive NYC? I'm single, young, no kids, so trying to support a family would not be an issue for me.
    -City hospitals start you at 61K and private at 69K

    5. Oh and I guess while I'm at it, to any of the single NYC RNs out there, how is the dating scene in the City?
    -Tons of people, I am sure some of them are single RNs

    6. Is travel nursing the best way to get to NYC, in the first place?
    -This is not a bad idea considering you might just want to test the water frist. But if you already think that fast paced city life is for you then just come on over!

    PS
    I heard that a lot of hospitals will hire fresh grads.

    PS- The reason that I'm waiting approx 2 years to relocate is because I am a recent grad (Spring '05) and feel like I need to chalk up some more experience. I'm currently an RN in Oregon, working med-surg/tele at a major teaching hospital.

    Thanks!!!!!! Your inputs will be greatly appreciated.[/quote]
    Last edit by AznMurse on Jun 14, '06 : Reason: mixed up response
  2. by   barbnyc
    I have lived in New York all of my life. There are many great people here and it's a very diverse city. I've observed many out of towners get a little overwhelmed at first. New Yorkers think fast, talk fast and walk fast.

    It is expensive to live here. Even if you live outside of Manhattan (most people commute to Manhattan), the rents will run you about $1,500 per month. If you want to live in Manhattan, a small place will cost you about $2,500.

    I would recommend trying the travel nursing first to see if it is for you.
  3. by   mamalucci
    for all you who want to relocate to nyc---look into westchester county which is right next to the city--there are many hospitals and you can live in a more suburban area, and still go out in the city for your social life, which is what many of the younger nurses i work with do. it is really the best of both--and the air is a little bit cleaner--there is still residual from 911 in the air
  4. by   mamalucci
    westchester county and rockland county--salaries are almost the same--schools are good most places--
  5. by   NewYorkCityRN
    i would also suggest living in jersey city and commuting to manhattan. i used to live in brooklyn and recently moved to manhattan. my commute went from 50 min to 30 min...and from $2 to under $1.50 jersey city (newport area) is beautiful. there are tons of families too. the area has some nice parks, low crime, and great scenery. check it out...i think you'll be glad you did. good luck!!
  6. by   tinderbox
    Quote from newyorkcityrn
    i would also suggest living in jersey city and commuting to manhattan. i used to live in brooklyn and recently moved to manhattan. my commute went from 50 min to 30 min...and from $2 to under $1.50 jersey city (newport area) is beautiful. there are tons of families too. the area has some nice parks, low crime, and great scenery. check it out...i think you'll be glad you did. good luck!!

    sounds lovely really, but i am 32 and single and don't necessarily want to live where there are lots of families/kids etc. i'd like to be around other young professionals, but i'll have to consider it for sure. really sounds tempting.
  7. by   tinderbox
    Quote from barbnyc
    I have lived in New York all of my life. There are many great people here and it's a very diverse city. I've observed many out of towners get a little overwhelmed at first. New Yorkers think fast, talk fast and walk fast.

    It is expensive to live here. Even if you live outside of Manhattan (most people commute to Manhattan), the rents will run you about $1,500 per month. If you want to live in Manhattan, a small place will cost you about $2,500.

    I would recommend trying the travel nursing first to see if it is for you.

    Okay, new question for all those already in NYC.
    Do you love working as a NURSE in New York City?

    Thanks, everyone!!!!
  8. by   tinderbox
    Quote from cammy429
    I know that this is an old post but you should def do a travel assignment because the cost of living in NY is ridiculous. I live at home and I still have problems saving.... And I don't squander my money either. Being a travel nurse is good because it pays you more than the hospital normally would and you also get free FURNISHED housing or a housing subsidy (which I have heard is $2500 a month). I know starting salary where I work is 62k a year or 68k with shift-dif. and we are about to get a salary increase to where we would be the highest paid hospital in NY because we are rated #1 in NY by US world and News (for whatever thats worth).

    I would definitely recommend cross country also because they are in all the big hospitals the travelers that come to the floor love it. They say the pay is great and we use an ALL computerized documentation system which makes life so much easier.

    NYC is not all glitz and glamour. Good luck I do think it will be to your benefit though to do a travel assignment and see how you like it first.
    How about staffing in NYC hospitals? And unions? Most NYC hospitals are unionized, right? Or at least the bigger ones, like NYU, Mt Sinai??
  9. by   NewYorkCityRN
    I am 24 and single! The guys in Hoboken (3 min away) and in JC are so fun. Don't worry, this is a very yuppy area!
  10. by   nyforlove
    Hi Tiger,
    Just wondering if you ended up moving to the Big Apple and which hospital you chose. Would appreciate hearing how you decided, as I am graduating in August and will also be looking at those hospitals. Thanks.

    Quote from TigerSN
    Hey Tinderbox, I will be graduating in May, and I plan to move to NYC next summer. I am applying to Mt. Sinai, NYU, Lenox Hill, NYP, and Sloan Kettering as of right now. I thought about doing travel nursing, but I really just want to get out of New Orleans now. I don't want to wait 2 years. NYU has a nursing residency program for new grads. I'm not too sure about the orientation programs at the other hospitals.

    Good luck!
  11. by   elizabells
    In re Jersey City: It's really lovely, and the train into NYC is only $1.50. HowEVER, I wouldn't recommend it unless you will be working in the lower part of Manhattan. I live at 181st street, and it takes me a good 90 minutes to get to my bf's house in JC. Of course, I'm the genius who's moving to Brooklyn and working at Columbia Pres (hour + commute) so I don't know that you should listen to me...
  12. by   cookielady,rn
    Can anyone tell me about taxes? I have heard NYC has an added income tax on top of fed and state. Would this include all hospitals on all islands?
  13. by   tinderbox
    Jersey City sounds nice. Stupid question. Is it in New Jersey? Wouldn't I have to pay more taxes if I lived in NJ and worked in NY? Seems like it's that here with OR and WA.

    I have been hearing a lot of great things about Astoria and Jackson Heights. The thing that scares me about getting around Queens is that it doesn't follow that easy grid, like Manhattan does, right? Do people in Queens get around the same way that people in Manhattan do?

    I'm moving this early Spring, by the way. Woohoo!!!

    Quote from elizabells
    In re Jersey City: It's really lovely, and the train into NYC is only $1.50. HowEVER, I wouldn't recommend it unless you will be working in the lower part of Manhattan. I live at 181st street, and it takes me a good 90 minutes to get to my bf's house in JC. Of course, I'm the genius who's moving to Brooklyn and working at Columbia Pres (hour + commute) so I don't know that you should listen to me...
    Last edit by tinderbox on Jul 28, '06

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