Possible relocation-Memphis area

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    My husband and I are looking to relocate to Memphis to be closer to family. We are currently in NJ. I have been an RN in NJ since 2010. 2 years were ED and last 2 were Mom/Baby/Nursery. I am looking to stay in mom/baby/nursery aspect. Any recommendations on areas to live, hospitals to work at, pay scales etc would be helpful. Right now I make $33/hr but I assume it's different everywhere. We have an 1.5 year old so good schools would be necessary as well. thank you for your help
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    Hi. There are several hospital systems in the Memphis area (Methodist/Lebonheur healthcare, Baptist, St. Francis) along with Regional one health (formerly the Med) and St. Jude Children's research hospital. I work for LeBonheur children's and I love it. I've been an RN for 5 years and was an LPN for 5 years before. I was given a little more in salary due to experience but new nurses start out at 21.00 (I think). Personally I think the MLH system is great, but I'm biased. 80/20 benefits and PTO accrual are decent. As far as living, I would stick to the suburbs (Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville, Lakeland) because each city has formed their own municipal school system, which should be much better than the newly unified Shelby County school system. Memphis has it's share of crime (can't sugar coat that!!), but it has some great things too. Lots of good restaurants to visit, museums and other sights to see (Beale street, Graceland, Memphis Zoo etc.) I was born and raised here so it's home for me. Good luck!!!