I live in AZ. It's kinda obvious though. lol I have to admit that I love AZ!
The pay for nurses starting out in my area is only around 19.50 an hour as a fresh RN, but I live in a small town. I toss myself back and forth on moving out of town for better pay. What is hurting our area the most is a large copper mine is starting up and everyone that owns, or leases property in town has jacked up the prices to the point their choking out the college students and families. Even the contractors and miners are feeling the pinch. I've checked the cost of living in Phoenix and compared it to my area and its the same and sometimes better. My rent is 685.00 for a two bed apt. I could pay that in Phoenix in a fairly nice part of town. I have to take into account that I went right into the nursing program here though. No waiting or fighting. It almost made me kinda sad. I still feel like it wasn't that hard of an accomplishment to make. Believe me I'm thrilled about getting in just kinda bummed because I worked so hard at my GPA and they really didn't seem to even take it into account.
AZ also has great recreation. Grand Canyon! Hiking! (watch out for mountain lions, Rattle Snakes and Scorpions) Their kinda sneaky! Lots of Lakes! Fishing! Anything and everything you could think of doing outdoors. If you move to Phoenix your just a few hours from the ski lodge in Flagstaff. Scottsdale is all art if you love that sort of thing. The Schools are awesome here if you have little ones. I'm starting to wonder if I should've been a travel/real estate agent instead of an RN! :smackingf
Anyway you can check out these sites and get all the info!
Arizona - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Arizona State Board of Nursing
Reasons not to move to AZ!
The heat could actually kill you!
AZ has the countries largest nuclear power plant (Palo Verde)
Anyone can carry a gun in AZ as long as your a law abiding citizen
Every wild bee in AZ is a killer bee!
On the up and up, i totally believe that some day I will have ocean front property in Arizona!