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Hi everyone! I'm 22 years old, been working currently in a pediatric cardiac ICU in Ohio for about a year and I am strongly considering moving to Seattle next year. I would be moving by myself, know absolutely no one that lives there or even within 2000 miles. It is such a beautiful city and I have looked into Seattle Children's from time to time. Does anyone have any experience working there? Or moving across the country by yourself? Am I crazy? Lol thanks for any input you have to offer.
I live in the Seattle area now, came as a travel nurse originally. Where I work we had quite a few people move here for jobs or converted from travelers to staff over the past few years. At least where I am the staff is very inclusive, and do things outside of work together quite a bit. You could always look at travel nursing to come out this way, if you didn't want to move right out.
I don't work at children's but have known other nurses that do, and other than them watching every move you make d/t medication errors last year, no one says bad stuff about them. But like I said, I've never worked there and don't do peds.
You aren't crazy! People do it all the time. If you come out this way I can put you in touch with the nurses I know here that always go and do, they would welcome you and show you around. I have a family, so I have less experience on the moving alone. But everyone here seems okay with it. Even tonight 4 out of 6 nurses moved within in the last 5 years alone to the area.
I want to warn you about the weather-it isn't the drizzle, it's the lack of sun. we had a handful of sunny day's in June, and I think only 2 above 70. It's always cloudy. Makes people very cranky and everyone wants to move b/c of the weather.
But come out, I am sure you will do fine, meet people and fit in! i traveled the country for 3 years with my family a few years back and loved it.