Originally posted by kayaker
My wife and I also were looking into working in the VI. I happened to find one agenct that offered $25/hr, plus 1100/month housing allowance, and a few other perks. This sound like much more than everyone here said they got paid. Have wages changed that much, or am I not being told all the facts. Its sounds like the hospitals are marginal, is it really that bad? If you had to choose, which hospital would you work in. We both have extensive experience with hyperbaric medicine if that makes any difference.
Thanks in advance...Vern & Michelle
I would ask for everything in writing...you will find...if you haven't already...that agencies get creative when stating pay and perks..
. Everything I have read here seems pretty close to the truth...as I have friends from VI and referred a white nurse who went there and did two contracts there. She went there in the 80's and the cheapest housing on the economy was $1,ooo/mo without air!! Also slept under misquito netting!
. On the advice of friends I had...I had her stock up on non perishable items...especailly personal care items! The only thing that is cheap over there is fruits and vegetables..
. I would plan on not taking your car...as there is a lot of crime especailly in St. Thomas! But she had no trouble living there...and her roomies always went out together...never alone! Be cautious but....enjoy. I have turned down two assignments there...as I haven't been able to have the luxury or not making money on an assignment! The one thing I have constantly heard about working there is not having supplies!!
There is a lot of drug activity there...and another nurse I referred to an agency, who went there...was a awesome nurse when I worked with him in the states!! I mean he looked professional, carried himself in a professional manner, and did excellent pt care! Got over there...moving out of shared housing...which by my other friends description was very nice. He later was arrested for dealing drugs there and had become hooked himself!
But my other friend stayed there a year...so ...Be careful...but enjoy..