Hi Everyone- I am a nurse in Fresno, CA, and my husband and I are entertaining the idea of moving to Wyoming in a few years (I'm starting my research now). I am a new nurse, but LOVING it, and working at a wonderful hospital. We hate CA, mainly due to all the regulations and politics and immigration issues, and as it just gets worse and worse, would like to move to a more conservative state. Anyways, my main concern is a huge paycut...I hear that nurses in other states dont make near as much as CA nurses. I realize that the pay can all be relative to cost of living in the state, so am wondering how it all works out in Wyoming. Here, I make a little over $30/hr for the first 8 hrs of the shift, then for the last 4, get overtime at about $45/hr. To give an idea of cost of living in my area, gas right now is fluctuating around $4/gallon (and hasnt been under $3.25/gallon in years, sales tax is about 9%, average rent for a decent house (2-3 bedrooms) is probably $1000-1300/month, also, since its CA, pretty much everything you can think of has some kind of tax or regulation or premit needed. Also, was wondering if you have pt/nurse ratio over there (med/surg floor) and work 12 hr shifts. Here we have a 5-1 ratio, occasionally 6-1 on med/surg floor. I would really appreciate any advice, thanks!
I'm sorry I meant to edit before posting last night just want to say WyoGypsie- what you describe sounds like what I was dealing with - not sure if we are in the same locale.
Last edit by hope3456 on Apr 4, '13