Hi there! I just started working at St. A's a couple of weeks ago, and I'm happy to answer any questions you have about the hospital or relocating.
Just some general info... I really like my floor and the hospital overall. People are friendly and helpful. As a new associate you'll attend a general hospital orientation, a new nurse orientation, computer orientation, and a nursing skills lab. You may start working before you attend all those, but that's ok because you start out mostly shadowing your nurse anyway. The nursing educator will check up with you after 15, 30, and 60 days to see how orientation is going, and you can add more time to your orientation if you feel like you aren't ready to be on your own. I've worked five 7AM-7PM shifts so far. Tomorrow is my first day of 3 weeks of night shifts. (Most people on my unit rotate between day and night shifts; however, I've been told that if you want to do straight nights, you probably could. I don't think straight days is an option, but don't quote me on that.)
I had a really tough time finding a place to live because I have a big dog, so my rental options were limited. It took me about 6 weeks to find a place, and I had to rent it sight-unseen. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but I was desperate, didn't know anyone here, and couldn't fly out beforehand to check out rentals. I drove here with my family; we took our time and made it here in 4 days from the bay area. Living in Bismarck is quite different from Norcal. It takes only 10 to 20 minutes to get anywhere, and traffic is practically non-existent compared to back home. I miss Trader Joe's and Ranch 99, but I can find most of what I'm looking for out here.
Again, please feel free to ask me questions. I hope this helps! And good luck to you!