Pittsburgh Nurses

  1. Hi ! I did not want to highjack passingthru's thread in OT. DH is wanting to relocate to PA and I am wanting some feedback as to nursing up there, pay versus cost of living, etc. Do ya'll live and work in the city or commute? That's a lot of questions so I will stop now. Thanks.
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  3. by   SteelTownRN
    I lived in PGH for 12 years, and still have relatives in and around the city. living in Allegheny County will give you higher taxes than in surrounding areas, but if you factor in the convenience of living near where you work, and being able to get places fast, it kind of all works out.

    The great thing about PGH transportation is that a bus can take you pretty much anywhere. There is also the "T" (trolley) that goes everywhere. Riding public transportation can save big bucks spent for parking downtown.

    If I had to go back and live there, I'd look in Mount Lebanon or Sewickley. Bethel Park is nice, too. Those are the areas that I know the best. Far enough away from downtown to escape the downtown tourists/workers, but close enough to access when needed.

    Good luck!
  4. by   nursenoelle
    Thanks ! Hubs has mentioned Sewickly, something about jobs there. He has family in Coropolis(sp). But, I don't want to live like that close to MIL.
  5. by   colleen10
    Hi Noelle,

    I am a student nurse and native Pittsburgher, live in the South Hills.

    Sewickly is a very nice area and a qood distance from Coraopolis. There are a ton of various hospitals, etc. so I think you will be pleased with the many job options you have. Unfortunately, since I am a student I cannot comment on pay and job availability.

    I think you will be impressed with Pittsburgh's big city conveniences like sports teams, museums, etc. while still retaining a small town atmosphere.

    If you don't mind me asking, what does your husband do for a living? If he is in a medical related field I would say go for it. Otherwise, if he's in business, etc. and is looking to progress in his career while in Pittsburgh I would say stay away from Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, it's a dying star.
  6. by   Zee_RN
    Westmoreland County borders Allegheny County to the east and has much lower taxes. I live just a few miles from the Allegheny County border and I work in Allegheny County but live in Westmoreland. I work in a community hospital. Some of the hospitals in the eastern area include: Forbes Regional (Monroeville, Allegheny County); Jeannette District Memorial (Westmoreland County); Westmoreland Regional Hospital; Latrobe Area Hospital (farther east); Frick Hospital (small; Mt. Pleasant, PA).

    You will earn more money per hour working in the city and have a lot of hospitals to choose from. However, you will commute and pay for parking and deal with travel time and the parkway.

    There are several community hospitals to choose from in all directions from the city if you don't want city work/city travel.
  7. by   BadBird
    I live in Alleghney County, I drive into Pittsburgh, about 15 minutes from my house, I do pay for parking when I work at Mercy, I have a pass and pay $18.00/month, and make a lot more money than working in the subburbs. I like working there, I park in the garage so if the weather is bad you don't have to worrry about scraping your windshield in the wintertime. There are tons of nursing jobs. I work for a agency and I took a weekend program job. Pay has improved a little, agency pay is the best!!! I agree with Zee, I would look in Westmoreland County instead of Allegheny County if I were buying a house again. Taxes in Allegheny are ridiclious. Lots of sport teams if you are into that, easy to get to everything, nice clean and fairly safe little city. Driving through the tunnels suck. Housing is very affordable if you purchase a older home, new home prices have risen sharply. I hear Sewickley is nice, but I have never been there. Well, enough of my babble, Welcome to the Burgh!!!!
  8. by   nursenoelle
    Oh you guys are great! I have printed this for reference we are thinking maybe next Fall. We have some projects to do around the house that will make us more on the sale. We looked at real estate online- you are not kidding about Alleghny Co. taxes !! . It would be double what we pay now.But there is a new subdivision being built there, and I am in love. You are so right about the older home thing Bad Bird, way less expensive !

    I think that I may look into agency work there. I would have to work in the city at least to pay those housing costs:stone . Colleen- hubs is blue collar all the way, and works in building materials. He has lots of friends up there and should be fine getting work. He is so excited for cold weather and getting to Steelers games .

    thanks again !
  9. by   colleen10
    Building materials is the place to be right now. I also think he'll find that while the housing/building industry is booming the North East doesn't seem to be so far out there like other places in the nation ie. California, where housing costs and construction are so high. The North East is keeping a decent pace. When the "housing bubble" finally pops the North East won't be as adversely affected.

    I live in the South Hills in Crafton and love where I live. I am very close to downtown and the West End Bridge (avoiding any tunnels) and can hit city limits in about 7 minutes flat. True, taxes are extremely high but I live in a grand old neighborhood with lots of big old fashioned houses. My grandparents live about 3 minutes away from me in a development of relatively new houses. There's a lot of diversity in that respect around here.

    Sewickly is an old historic, very well kept area. If you can afford to live in Sewickly you can afford to live anywhere really and will have lots of housing options depending on what you like.

    If I had to do it all over again I think I would have purchased a home outside of the county because the taxes here are insane and only going up while city government just becomes a greater disappointment by the day.

    Good Luck with everything,

  10. by   cheripa
    I think the North Hills (Ross and Pine/ Richland) is a nice place to live.
  11. by   Zee_RN
    Both the North Hills (Allegheny County) and the North Huntingdon/Hempfield area (Westmoreland County) are growing leaps and bounds! Lots of new construction.
  12. by   nursenoelle
    Hi !- One more thing- How is the nursing climate there? Are you all unionized ?
  13. by   colleen10
    Pittsburgh/Western PA are big on unions in general, for any type of career field. Maybe some nurses can comment specifically on the unions where they work at.
  14. by   Zee_RN
    There are a few places unionized. UPMC McKeesport. Allegheny General. Not sure if Braddock Hospital is still unionized. Jeannette District Memorial used to be unionized.

    The majority of hospitals in the 'Burgh are not unionized, despite Pittsburgh's reputation for union involvement.