new grad looking to move to Tucson? - page 2

Hello all, I will be taking my NCLEX exam soon in KY, or OH (I live near Cincinnati), but am thinking of moving to Tucson in Summer/Fall '08. As a new grad, can I do this? What is involved in... Read More

  1. by   cardiacRN2006
    Well, you will hear the air force base anywhere in town...

    I think all hospitals are good for OR.
    Med-surg- I'd pick UMC
    Mental Health-St Mary's.

    Housing is very soft right now! You can easily find a home for 150K. In fact, right now, you can even get new construction for that price. Now is the time to buy.

    Of course, lots of cute, charming houses in Central Tucson.

    I would just stay away from TMC.
    Last edit by cardiacRN2006 on Aug 11, '09
  2. by   nici1978
    i have to agree, do not go to tmc

    also i did not and do not speak spanish, usually you will have at least 1 other person on your unit that speaks it
    personally i would move to the university area, it is very cute there

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    My good friend and I both moved to Arizona from the east coast days after pinning. We have never looked back and have found AZ to be very welcoming. We both applied to the AZ BON for licensure and tested here. She lives in Tucson, I don't but both are very happy with the move.

    Best wishes to you!
  4. by   LivewellRN
    Thanks for the advice. It is REALLY useful!

    It's good to hear I'll be able to find a place without paying a fortune. Also, I found out KY is indeed a compact state with AZ, so I could sit for the NCLEX in KY and work in AZ. They did say that if I decided to live in AZ as my primary residence that I would have to apply for a license from them, pay a fee, and drop my license in KY. KY requires 120 hours of paid work experience after graduation (besides role transition in school) before you can sit for the NCLEX.

    It's good to hear there isn't any problem with taking the NCLEX in AZ. I would hate to take a job in KY just to get the hours in to pass the NCLEX, then turn around and leave. So-o-o-o-o, now I just have to figure out how to get everything done. What comes first.

    Jesse, did you two have jobs lined up already when you came to AZ?