I am not a traveler (but interested, hence browsing this forum).
But I did just finish working one year in Las Vegas, at SHMC. Small world.
I was able to find a one bedroom apartment very near the hospital for $650/mo, which was a great deal (and I got it through a friend who was moving out, so a lucky/rare deal). But, if you look hard enough, there are very affordable rentals all around the hospital.
If you want to stay at a hotel, there is an off-strip casino/hotel, right on the corner of Canyon Run and Rampart. I forget the name!! Might even be "Rampart", but pretty sure it was one of the "Station" casinos. I actually had to stay there for one night during the summer because my AC went out on a 117 degree day--and the room was very nice and clean, but that is all I can say about it.
Lots of apartment/condo complexes/communities. Too many actually, which is good for you because it has driven the prices down.
As far as safety--Vegas is odd...it has safe and unsafe "pockets" all around, so one cannot definitively say "you are fine anywhere within Summerlin" because it's simply not true anymore. You will get a feel for it though,it is an easy city to navigate-- and some of your co-workers might be your best resources.
To be very honest, I absolutely hated living in Vegas, and I especially hated nursing and the state of healthcare in general in Vegas, and I worked at Summerlin. But I did make some great friends there who were lifesaving to me. It is not a problem unique to SHMC, but Vegas in general (I cannot speak to other Nevada cities)--and given that, Summerlin is one of the "nicer" hopsitals to work at.
I don't want to put you off or make you nervous, this was my own unique and subjective experience
, and I am not a "party-at-the-strip" kind of person. I ended up there through unique circumstances, hated it immediately, but braved out a year to show some loyalty to my peers and hiring manager. But there are some people who absolutely love Vegas life and are willing to work in there circumstances (some I believe because they maybe grew up there and never experienced anything different/less horrifying).
I admittedly have been spoiled at some amazing academic Level I shocktrauma centers.
I might be able to answer some of your more specific questions if that is helpful.
I remember being new to the area and being nervous--and I HAD a friend there!
I only check in here at allnurses sporadically, so I would probably miss responses here (I am terrible about consistently checking in at my social media sites). feel free to email me anytime at [email protected]
if you have questions, and I will try to get you some answers (or at least steer you in the right direction).
I DO know some nice places to relax, hike, rock climb, get your spa-relaxation day on (Red Rocks Casino!!!) and such, so maybe that could help too.