Published May 17, 2005
I am wanting to relocate due to the pathetic choices of places to work in Memphis. I moved here from Nashville, where I worked at Vanderbilt and loved it (esp trauma). I wanted to be near family and was naive about working conditions. I know nashville has vanderbilt, my hubsband would like texas, florida, charolette, or some other nice cities in the south, But I am scared to repeat my last mistake. Any and all advice would be helpful. Thanks! (ps. I like teaching hospitals)
I know exactly what you are going through. My husband is retiring from the Army (ages 38 & 36) and we are trying to find a GREAT place to live. Almost moved to Michigan for a job my husband wanted. Now he really wants to go to SE Alabama because of the extremely low cost-of-living. I'm concerned over the quality of jobs and flexibility.
We currently live in Arizona (smaller city) and nurses are treated pretty well. We self-schedule and ratios are decent. Pay is about $25/hr give or take a dollar or two depending on experience. Phoenix and Tucson seem like great places. I worked in El Paso, TX and nurses were treated well. There was such a shortage of nurses there. I would go back, but my husband has trouble with the language barrier in many parts of El Paso. I think it is a great place.
I will read with interest the posts you receive since we, too, are needing to relocate. I hope people address housing costs, staffing ratios, pay and scheduling.
There are some great teaching hospitals in Baltimore. University, Johns Hopkins and Union Memorial, Shock Trauma at University might interest you. Cost of living in MD is a bit high....just a thought. I work at Hopkins and love the teaching atmosphere. Good luck with your decision.
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