I currently am a nurse (LPN) who has recently graduated and will soon start classes to get my ADN. I think I finally got my fiance' into the idea that once my fiance' and I graduate (he's going for his paramedic) to moving from Missouri to Wyoming.
I spent a good part of my growing up years in Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs Colorado and we frequently visited Wyoming. When the big D happened between my parents my mother decided that she wanted to move back to family in Missouri and have been here ever since.
He grew up in Missouri but is in the scouts and spent a few trips in the summer in the mountains out west, so he personally knows the beauty and realizes why I miss the west.
I know the cost of living vs the pay rates is almost unbelievable in CO. and was wondering if it's the same there. Can anybody give us information about cost of living vs. pay rates. I know it's dependent on the area as is everywhere. I'm wondering what the outlook for housing and jobs for a RN and firefighter/Paramedic would be. I want to be more in the 'burbs or further if possible (I Know that sounds kinda like an oxymoron for out there but you know what I mean). I'm not looking to live large or anything like that. I dearly miss being out west and winter here in Missery is just really bringing me down.
Thank You in advance.
Feb 25, '08
Whatever you do you probably want to stay away from Cheyenne. The hospital has a very bad reputation and attitude toward its staff. Just my opinion and experience.
Wyoming's "problem" if you will is housing. With the huge influx due to the enrgy boom, housing is squeezed tight.
In Rawlins you can get a single wide on a plot slightly larger tha the trailer for $45 - 60K, rents for 800 sq. ft apt run $900 - $1700 per month. Pay at Carbon County Medical Center for nurses starts around $21 per hour.
Rock Springs would be better for housing but I don't know much about the facility.
Sheridan is supposed to be nice but again housing is outrageous. I don't know a thing about the hospital.
Wyoming Medical Center in Casper has a better reputation and people I know have really liked it there. Slightly less drastic for housing.
Wheatland has a Banner hospital.
Lander and Riverton are up in Wind River country where it's awe inspiring beautiful and not too far from Thermopolis. Plenty of summer and winter recreation and still a short drive to Yellowstone.
Personally, I think Wyoming is great and if you stay well north of the I-80 corridor you generally don't get as much of the wind Wyoming is known for.
There are other jobs for LPNs/RNs in Wyoming too, but they are very profession specific. Some of them pay quite well.
Oh, forgot to add: I found Wyoming pay higher with cost of living less than Colorado. Good combination.
Good luck on your move.
Last edit by fizz2Nurse on Feb 25, '08
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