What are the BEST and WORST States to practice as an NP? - page 15

I am speaking primarily from two perspectives here: 1. The degree to which NP's are accepted, recognized, and utilized in that area/state. 2. The degree to which state law recognizes NP's, and... Read More

  1. by   sirI
    This thread is not about differences between/among physicians, nurse practitioners, CRNAs, or anesthesiologists. Discussing this here is divisive and serves no useful purpose. You can start another thread or find one of MANY about these topics.

    Refrain from this discussion. Posts will be deleted that are off-topic. And, points assigned if it continues.

    Fair warning.
  2. by   zenman
    Do we need to do any updating on this thread? I'm working locums in New Mexico and it's sweet here for NP's.
  3. by   nomadcrna
    The states that I am licensed in: You are TOTALLY independent. Do not need an physician.
    Alaska
    Montana
    Idaho
    Arizona
    Washington
  4. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from nomadcrna
    The states that I am licensed in: You are TOTALLY independent. Do not need an physician.
    Alaska
    Montana
    Idaho
    Arizona
    Washington
    Washington State? Really? Wow, I didn't know that. Thanks for the update.
  5. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from zenman
    Do we need to do any updating on this thread? I'm working locums in New Mexico and it's sweet here for NP's.
    What part of NM do you live in, and do you like it there? NM is one state I am seriously thinking of moving to once I have my NP program done (not for a couple years...)

    Thanks!
  6. by   zenman
    Quote from AtomicWoman
    What part of NM do you live in, and do you like it there? NM is one state I am seriously thinking of moving to once I have my NP program done (not for a couple years...)

    Thanks!
    I'm in Las Cruces. Haven't had much time to get out yet but plan to this weekend. Cold at nights right now but nice during the day. Not many trees like in the Piney woods of East Texas, but it's nice to see so much sky and mountains. Not much grass either but desert is growing on me.

    So, for totally independent states we have:

    Alaska
    Montana
    Idaho
    Arizona
    Washington
    New Mexico
  7. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from zenman
    I'm in Las Cruces. Haven't had much time to get out yet but plan to this weekend. Cold at nights right now but nice during the day. Not many trees like in the Piney woods of East Texas, but it's nice to see so much sky and mountains. Not much grass either but desert is growing on me.

    So, for totally independent states we have:

    Alaska
    Montana
    Idaho
    Arizona
    Washington
    New Mexico
    Hey, I *hate* mowing the grass! LOL How cold is cold? I am from NJ, and right now it is COLD. We were down to 9 degrees F the other night.

    What's your area of/specialty practice? (Don't answer that if it's nosy!)

    My husband said he saw the bluest sky he had ever seen when he was in NM (ABQ area).
  8. by   zenman
    It's 23 degrees right now at 0709, but it warms up quick. I'm a PMHNP.
  9. by   linearthinker
    Glad to see this thread resurface and would also like up to date info. I have always thought I was stuck here, but my dh as agreed to let his partners buy him out of the firm and suddenly the world is my oyster! I can move ANYWHERE in the US. ANYWHERE! So, where to go?

    Zenman, how do you find the cultural temperature of NM? I am getting at diversity, open mindedness, etc. Arizona was on my short list until recent publicity. I cannot in god conscience raise my children in an astmosphere of hate and intolerance. I need to be able to look out my car windows and see people of different shades and colors, hear different accents and see the occasional mosque and temple, and NOT hear condemnation or judgement of same. I can't afford to live in Sedona, so Arizona is out, lol. Schools needs to be outstanding as well, although we can afford, and would probably go, private.

    I prefer warm climate to freezing, but oddly, Wisconsin is also on the short list (Milwaukee area).

    I want to be in/close to a metropolitan area, close to major universities, art, theater and opportunity.
  10. by   MassagetoRN
    Quote from linearthinker
    I am getting at diversity, open mindedness, etc. Arizona was on my short list until recent publicity. I cannot in god conscience raise my children in an astmosphere of hate and intolerance. I need to be able to look out my car windows and see people of different shades and colors, hear different accents and see the occasional mosque and temple, and NOT hear condemnation or judgement of same.
    Wow! That's harsh! This isn't a political forum, and its not my intention to turn it into one. I am an AZ native, and don't think that you have a true assessment of AZ. Yes, there has been negative stuff in the news, but when is there ever positive stuff in the news? We are a diverse state, and you will see many colors, creeds, and religions. Vacation here and give it a try. And if not, well, we have too many transplants hoggin' the place up anyway!!
    Good luck and Blessings in your search! :heartbeat
  11. by   linearthinker
    No disrespect to AZ natives. All I know is what I see on the news, with input from one person who lived in Phoenix and found it to be "redneck." (her words). I am certain there are good people in AZ. The fact remains, that governor was duly elected, and that suggests to me that my interest and values are incompatible with the majority. Id be very happy to hear I have a misimpression, b/c real estate is dirt cheap, lol.
  12. by   zenman
    Quote from linearthinker

    Zenman, how do you find the cultural temperature of NM? I am getting at diversity, open mindedness, etc. Arizona was on my short list until recent publicity. I cannot in god conscience raise my children in an astmosphere of hate and intolerance. I need to be able to look out my car windows and see people of different shades and colors, hear different accents and see the occasional mosque and temple, and NOT hear condemnation or judgement of same. I can't afford to live in Sedona, so Arizona is out, lol. Schools needs to be outstanding as well, although we can afford, and would probably go, private.

    I prefer warm climate to freezing, but oddly, Wisconsin is also on the short list (Milwaukee area).

    I want to be in/close to a metropolitan area, close to major universities, art, theater and opportunity.
    When I check out places to visit I enter the name of the place followed by "city data." You'll get al kinds of info about the place as well as forums from people living there or wanting to go there. I've only been out a little but have found everyone to be friendly. I don't think what happened in AZ was due to hate and intolerance but to mentally disturbed person.

    Although both AZ and NM seem to be NP friendly from BON perspective, I'm still checking out the "underground" information.
  13. by   AtomicWoman
    What Zenman said about city data. I have spent many hours on city-data.com (note the hyphen between the words), reading the forums. It's a great place to get the "lowdown" about a particular city you are considering, even a particular neighborhood. People love to answer questions about where they live. Yes, I have checked the NM forums many times. But AN is the only place I have found where I can ask NPs what they think of the practice environment in any given state.

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