relocating to colorado

  1. My husband and I are thinking of relocating to Colorado (Denver area) . Any advice on best places to live,work,etc? I currently work at a pediatric hospital, and would like to stay within that specialty. PLEASE let me know what you think. Thanks!
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  3. by   WashYaHands
    I live in Colorado, but I do not live in Denver. I may not be much help as I'm not familiar with the best places to live or work. I can tell you that there is an excellent Children's Hospital in Denver.

    All I can offer is links to the city and The Children's Hospital.

    There are many other hospitals in that area. Hopefully, someone from Denver can give you more info.

    Hope this helps,
  4. by   nightingale
    I "have heard" Childrens Hospital is wonderful to work in. I do not do peds. so I have nothing first hand.

    Lately, I have worked at Swedish, and I have been very happy with the management and the way peers treat each other.

    Let me know if I can help further. Hope this helps.

  5. by   Crawsu
    Children's would be a good place to start, but there are lots of hospitals in the area. You might want to check out Denver Health Medical Center. You can access the page by going to Denver, I think. You will find a listing of all the openings and can submit an application on line. They have great retirement benefits, much better than the other hospitals, so you might want to check it out.
    Best of luck in your relocation. Feel free to contact me by email with any questions about the Denver area. Would be glad to give you info.
  6. by   crazynurse10000
    I just live in Denver for the past six months on a travel assignment. Actually I lived In Golden, which I really enjoyed. It is closer to the mountain "escape routes" to get out of the city. I worked at Rose medical center which was a very nice hospital. I do hear Childrens in Denver is nice. Anyway if you are looking for places to stay we rented at Canyon Point Cottages in Golden. Townhouse. Nice places. 840.00 a month with a great view. 23 minute drive to work. Words of advice- Denver traffic is CRAZY!! Live somewhat near where you work there b/c it is unpredictable. Much luck.Pay in Denver for staff is low so don't be suprised when they make an offer.
  7. by   RoaminHankRN
    A word of advice. Stay away from Denver General. (At least that is what they used to be called.) I know you are interested in pediatrics, but save your ink from this place.

    That's all I have to say about that.

  8. by   rachet65
    Thanks for your replies everyone. I will try to take the advice.
    By the way, how low is the pay, and the cost of living? As you can see, I haven't done my homework yet
  9. by   nightingale
    Cost of Living is too high for me. I live in Wyoming.. lol... realy homes are expensive... but you come from Chicago so you are used to big price tags.

    I work Agency so... I am in la la land for income (we make 30 - 34 med/surg).

    Good Luck to you.. let us know how you are doing...

  10. by   RoaminHankRN
    I don't know if you have moved yet, but go to Yahoo and type cost of living.
    Good places to start.
    If you want a place to start as far as what salaries are try, is another helpful site.
    Good luck!
  11. by   live4today
    Message for rachet65:

    My husband and I moved from Colorado one year ago (almost), and it's a place you either love or can't wait to leave. The Coloradans call it "God's Country" because of the mountain views, Garden of the Gods located in Colorado Springs (forty minutes or so from Denver), and the Sunshine most of the year---even when it snows!

    On the occasions we visited Denver, we were glad that we lived in Colorado Springs instead of Denver due to the traffic congestion and city life there. We moved from Colorado because our time was up there (we are a military family). Why not vacation there and check it out before you move there?

    I did hear that Childrens Hospital in Denver was an okay place to work. There is also Swedish Hospital which I heard is a nice place to work. You can also accept a travel nurse assignment in the shortest duration possible (usually assignments are 13 weeks in length) that way you can work at a place while you check out the area at the agencies expense. The agency will even provide your housing during your assignment. At the end of the assignment, if you and your husband don't like the hospital where you have worked during that time, but you like the Denver area itself, then at least you know where you don't want to work. While on assignment there, you can put your apps in at various other places. By the time your assignment is up, move on to better things for yourself employment wise. I must warn you that the cost of living in Colorado is as expensive as living in parts of California. Too expensive for our taste!
    Last edit by live4today on Feb 13, '02
  12. by   rachet65
    Thanks for the advice- we plan on going to Colorado next month for vacation. In the meantime, I have bunches of travelling nurse agencies and recruiters calling me and piles of beautiful pictures of Colorado to look at and dream.