new grad looking to move to Tucson?

  1. 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 getting my license in AZ? Any help is appreciated.

    Nursing is a second career for me, I'm in my 40's and my mother-in-law lives in Tucson with my only brother-in-law. Both are in poor health but refuse to move. I'm tired of worrying about them (and the cold winters in KY) so-o-o I'm thinking it would be good for me to make a move. We've lived in Tucson for a couple of years many years ago and loved it. Any help you can give is appreciated.

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  3. by   GilaRRT
    Tucson can be a very rough place for a nurse depending on the hospital IMHO. You can go there as a new grad and you should not have a problem obtaining an AZ license. Check out the AZ BON for information on AZ licensure. As I remember, AZ offers a 4 year license. In addition AZ is part of the multistate compact.
  4. by   all4schwa
    what are some of the reasons you feel moving to AZ may be hard for new grad. my first thought would be language issues....
  5. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from GilaRN
    Tucson can be a very rough place for a nurse depending on the hospital IMHO..

    How so? I sure didn't think so....
  6. by   GilaRRT
    Perhaps some of the hospitals are ok, I have taken many patients to Tuscon and the hospitals were in complete chaos, many of the nurses were not exactly happy. One of my best friends worked in Tuscon for a few years and he had horrid experiences. Many of the problems were related to workplace violence. Again, this is IMHO.

    Language is an issue; however, you will find that picking up a few key spanish phrases and words will really help. You learn really quick what pain, yes, no, chest, lungs, diabetes, and other key medical phrases and words are in spanish.

    Cardiac, I take it you work or have worked in the area?
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Lived here all my life, and have been working in these hospitals for 13 years.

    As a new grad (or any nurse) jobs are plentiful and easy to get. Days, ICU, ED, PACU, whatever position you want.

    Gila-I bet I can guess which hospital your friend worked at. I don't think that choas or unhappiness is specific to the Tucson locale however...
  8. by   suzanne4
    Arizona is a compact state, but if you move your legal residence from the existing state to move there, then it will cease to exist.

    And if you move to AZ and get a license there after you move, then the Compact will remain valid but only as long as you maintain your legal residence there, if you move; then your AZ license will still remain valid for working in that state, but the Compact License pact will become null and void.
  9. by   suzanne4
    I also have lived and worked there and never had any issues with the facilities. The need to know Spanish there is not any different than needing it in Phoenix, San Diego, or any other areas. The poplulation is growing and shifting.
  10. by   GilaRRT
    Cardiac, ok, it seems like the hospital in question has a reputation. Again, these are the observations of a 505er, so I guess you need to take that into consideration. Well, a 575er now.
  11. by   LivewellRN
    Thanks for the comments from everyone. I find it very helpful to hear from those who have worked in Tucson. I know a little Spanish, but not anyone to practice with back here. I've been to the AZ BON website, but didn't find the info I needed. I did jot their number down so I could call them after the holidays.

    Any recommendations on good places to work for a new grad? I don't really care what area I get into at this point. (It's all new to me, and anything is good experience.)

  12. by   nici1978
    i did not have any problems while working in tucson, the people are usually very friendly and the weather is nice
    i say go for it, there are plenty of jobs out there

    i would consider going to the university hospital,

    coming from somebody that moved to the us from germany

  13. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from tclick

    Any recommendations on good places to work for a new grad? I don't really care what area I get into at this point. (It's all new to me, and anything is good experience.)


    Actually, it really matters what specialty it is that you want to work in. Even the worst hospital in town has at least one good unit.

    So if you give us a specialty, and even a general location as to where you will be living, I can give you a recommendation.
  14. by   LivewellRN
    Good point. Oh boy! I'm really not sure on a specialty or location!! (How do you know what you want to do when you've never done it?) From what I've read on other threads, I figured I really needed to have 6 mths to 1 year of Med-Surg before I jump into a specialty. (I know this topic is hotly debated.) Anyway, I'm leaning towards Operating Room or Mental Health! What a difference! As far as location.....Geez. There's just my husband and myself. We want to downsize so I'm thinking a house or a townhome with a courtyard under $150,000. We're ok with fixer-uppers. (I know the real estate market is crazy. I've been on the web and have seen what's out there.) I prefer the north side of Tucson. My mother-in-law lives on the NW side, but I find the NE side prettier. I hear the south side of Tucson is dangerous and the air force base is loud with planes? Central, downtown Tucson is also attractive. Again, I'm just looking for a small old house with some character that can be fixed up. However, if I'm going out there to get tabs on my relatives, the closer I am to my mother-in-law the better. I found that I can get from the west side of town to the east in about 30 minutes. Not too bad.

    So you see, ANY advice is appreciated. Thanks again. Keep it coming.