Please HELP New Grad NYC to OU Medical - page 2

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Hello I'm a new grad and I've just been hired by OU Medical Center. With the big move fast approaching I still have so many unanswered questioned that I should have probably already researched hahaha. If anyone would be so kind... Read More


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    Quote from Groovychick718
    Hmm see that's what I've been having a hard time with..my girlfriend who is over in PA just got a new job and her rent including ALL of her utilities is $600 maximum, in a very nice neighborhood... she is going to be making more than me about $5/6 dollars more...So when I hear that my living expenses are going to be in the ballpark of $1000 dollars and that I will be making significantly less than my friend, it makes me kind of think that the cost of living compared to the salary is a little off in OK..No?
    You cannot really make a fair comparison of pay rates in these two states.

    PA is a northern state known for strong unions, so of course the nursing pay rates are going to be competitive with the cost of living. OK is partly in the South and partly in the Midwest, has no unionized hospitals, and is generally not known for offering competitive nursing pay rates.

    It is a regional thing. Most of the states in that region (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.) pay staff nurses terribly and are vehemently against unions due to regional traditions.

    You must also realize that OKC is a much smaller city than NYC, but is totally flooded with nursing programs that churn new nurses into the local job market every few months. When too many nurses are in a local job market, this tends to keep wages low due to oversupply.

    University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarine University, Oklahoma City University, Central Oklahoma University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Rose State, Redlands, OCCC, Platt, and other schools offer nursing programs that graduate new nurses into the OKC area.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    You cannot really make a fair comparison of pay rates in these two states. PA is a northern state known for strong unions, so of course the nursing pay rates are going to be competitive with the cost of living. OK is partly in the South and partly in the Midwest, has no unionized hospitals, and is generally not known for offering competitive nursing pay rates. It is a regional thing. Most of the states in that region (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.) pay staff nurses terribly and are vehemently against unions due to regional traditions.You must also realize that OKC is a much smaller city than NYC, but is totally flooded with nursing programs that churn new nurses into the local job market every few months. When too many nurses are in a local job market, this tends to keep wages low due to oversupply. University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarine University, Oklahoma City University, Central Oklahoma University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Rose State, Redlands, OCCC, Platt, and other schools offer nursing programs that graduate new nurses into the OKC area.
    Got ya...It's just a little scary knowing I won't have much wiggle room every month ..I guess I've got to get used to the Southern Midwest. I see what you're saying about unionized labor...but the funny thing is here up north when you DON'T have a union the pay is much more...I guess I thought since there. Less unions then the pay would be competitive
    Last edit by Groovychick718 on Jan 3, '13 : Reason: typo
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    Quote from Groovychick718
    Got ya...It's just a little scary knowing I won't have much wiggle room every month ..
    Many of the native Oklahomans with whom I attended school actually think $19 to $20 per hour is really good money for a brand new RN. Many of them would kill for a job at University of Oklahoma Medical Center. The mindset is very different down south.
    Quote from Groovychick718
    I guess I've got to get used to the Southern Midwest. I see what you're saying about unionized labor...but the funny thing is here up north when you DON'T have a union the pay is much more...I guess I thought since there. Less unions then the pay would be competitive
    In a city or state that has lots of unionized hospitals, the nonunion facilities must stay competitive by offering wage grids and pay rates that are similar to or higher than what the union facilities are paying.

    Cities and states that have no unionized facilities can pay whatever market forces dictate. Since nurses in OKC will willingly work for $20 per hour, the corporations who run the hospitals do not need to pay one dime more to attract and retain nursing staff.
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    I actually find the cost of living very cheap here especially if you learn how to budget things. I have a 2 bed 2 bath 2 car garage duplex along with a fenced backyard for $700/mo. It's in a great part of town. My utilities are always decent because I've learned to keep the house a little warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter along with turning off all lights and unplugging things. I have cox tv/Internet, cell phone bill, insurance (car and renters) food, gas and a few other random monthly bills and my monthly total is usually only about $1400. Also remember that the base pay starts at $19... If your working weekends or noc then you get that added shift diff which in some cases can add up to $8/hr. Good luck.
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    I am so glad I found this post, I am flying out to interview next week, I am a new grad nurse from Washington State, if I do get hired that is a LONG way from home and I would love to network to make some new nursing friends! Anyone know anything about the Cardiac program there? I am so very excited this would be my dream position.
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    Hey Meganmarie! I actually interviewed for this position in December...OKC seems liks a very unique place, when I say unique I mean very different lol..The mgt for cardiac were very nice, so just be yourself!
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    This post has been very helpful! I too will be moving to OK from NY in the spring/ summer this year. Kind of excited to see a different pace from the northeast here.

    I am assuming the cost of living will be much lower as well have less taxes. Now I have no idea how many taxes they will take from my paycheck, but I know it will be nowhere near the amount taken out in NY. And no inspections?! That is, well, a relief, since I always forget to get my car inspected.

    Goodluck to all those moving to the midwest!
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    Are you taking the job Groovychick? I wish I could message you personally to chat more about this, my interview went well.
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    Welcome to all the people moving to Oklahoma. My name is Dotti I live and work in the Tulsa area. This is a great place to meet and network.
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    Awesome MeganMarie. Yes I'm definitely going for it. Just neck deep in paperwork right now. I'm trying to get my license endorsed and figure out where to live, and how I'm going to get around haha. I'm actually going over there the end of this month to have my health screening.


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