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High paying warm weather areas

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Specializes in ICU. Has 4 years experience.

I'm originally from a pretty snowy area so I've been looking forward to going somewhere warm for the winter. My first 2 assignments were in NYC and Burlington, VT and have been pretty well paying. I'm getting offers now for Tennessee, Texas, and Arizona but they are all so much lower than my 1st two offers. One in Nashville had a take home of less than $1000/week. I want a warm winter but am not exactly interested in giving up about $2000 per month. Does anyone know of warm weather areas that pay well?

mrsboots87

Specializes in Neuro, Telemetry. Has 6 years experience.

Areas of Cali stay pretty warm for winter and you get higher rates. I can say though that NY and surrounding areas are aome of the highest paying areas in the country for RNs so you shouldn't expect to make near what you did on those assignments. I am in AZ and beside our summer electric bills, cost of living here is MUCH less than in NY. A large portion of what you lose in pay would be made up for just in cost of living. If you lease an apartment for a few months it is hundreds if not $1000 less expensive than higher paying cities. Even extended stay hotels weekly rates are usually much less.

However, if you really can't give up the pay (not judging because that is your personal need) then I again suggest California a bit inland where you're not quite desert, but you're not getting the cold ocean breeze all winter.

AWanderingMinstral

Specializes in Ortho/Uro/Peds/Research/PH/Insur/Travel. Has 6 years experience.

I am returning to NCH in Naples, FL, for my third season. I earn a flat rate...$44.32 plus $2.60 differential between 3-7p ($5 differential starting at 7p). There are several apartment complexes in the Naples area that offer 7-month leases. NCH offers 4-6 month contracts in all areas.

Bluebolt

Has 6 years experience.

I've been running into this same issue. I like to be warm in the winter, don't like the snow and freezing temps. The problem is everywhere I've looked at pays crap for the winter. I'm in CT now and the pay drop would be significant. I've found the cost of living is more here but as a traveler it can be managed without too much loss of net pay. I don't have a California licence and I've heard it can take 6 months to obtain so that's not an option this year.

Bluebolt

Has 6 years experience.

Florida would be nice for the winter.

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Underthemoonicp6

Specializes in ICU. Has 4 years experience.

I'm not terribly keen on FL although I used to work with a nurse who used to travel and she would often talk about going there for the winter. I've also read that SoCal doesn't pay very well but haven't personally looked for jobs there. Still waiting for my license to go through.

AWanderingMinstral

Specializes in Ortho/Uro/Peds/Research/PH/Insur/Travel. Has 6 years experience.

I have really enjoyed working there as a seasonal nurse. We're allowed to participate in their clinical ladder and, if you choose a benefits-eligible compensation package, you qualify for 50% tuition reimbursement. My only complaint is the lack of housing. However, I found a roommate each of my first two years on Craigslist. Fortunately, I met someone during my first season and we live together. Good luck!

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Where were you in NYC I'm considering taking an assignment but housing is crazy!

Underthemoonicp6

Specializes in ICU. Has 4 years experience.

Housing is crazy. I was lucky to have some friends there with an extra room so I subletted from them for a good price. Otherwise I would recommend Craigslist because there are so many people putting their places on there. I would look into a roommate though. It'll make your life way easier. You should however get a substantial housing allowance in NYC.

Bluebolt

Has 6 years experience.

A warning for those pursuing the NYC and surrounding areas. The patients and families as a whole are rude and demanding. The patient can be a janitor and will bark instructions at you like a servant and then mutter thanks after like a reflex that's insincere. You cut them some slack cause you assume they are acting out cause they are ill, then the healthy family comes in and acts even worse! It blew my mind. I'm from the South and manners and behavior are a direct reflection on your upbringing and social class. These people would fall very low on that scale.

I've never been so eager to intubate patients and families!

PacoUSA, BSN, RN

Specializes in PCU / Telemetry. Has 9 years experience.

A warning for those pursuing the NYC and surrounding areas. The patients and families as a whole are rude and demanding. The patient can be a janitor and will bark instructions at you like a servant and then mutter thanks after like a reflex that's insincere. You cut them some slack cause you assume they are acting out cause they are ill, then the healthy family comes in and acts even worse! It blew my mind. I'm from the South and manners and behavior are a direct reflection on your upbringing and social class. These people would fall very low on that scale.

I've never been so eager to intubate patients and families!

"... as a whole are rude and demanding ..."?

Dude, you haven't spent enough time in NYC to stereotype an entire metropolitan area like that. I was born and raised in NYC and can tell you first hand not everyone is this way. You've just had lousy luck.

By the way, I lived in the South for several years and guess what? There are rude people there too! It's not just in NYC. It happens everywhere. People in the South are no better than people in NYC as you make it seem. Neither are New Yorkers better than Southerners for that matter. Just gotta brush off the rudeness as it comes and get the job done, period.

AWanderingMinstral

Specializes in Ortho/Uro/Peds/Research/PH/Insur/Travel. Has 6 years experience.

Last time I checked, NYC isn't a high-paying warm weather area.

Bluebolt

Has 6 years experience.

Some of the other comments were about getting housing and questions about NY, it's only a high paying warm weather area in the summer for sure. I hope those commenters know that or they will be surprised.

Paco-RN, I didn't mean to imply that 100% of people behave that way. Although as a majority the blunt, demanding, rude and disrespectful behaviors I have noticed in this region in the patient population are undeniable. This by far isn't just a couple people having a bad day it's a repeated behavior by many patients and families. When I have brought this unusual behavior up to staff members THEY tell me that it is due to the region we are in and it's probably the rudest and most demanding patient population in the US. I've asked probably 10 different staff members in different areas of the hospital and always got the same response. They recommend I don't act so nice, tone down courtesy and manners and bluntly bark out orders and directions to patients.

Now as for people I've met in the region outside the Hospital everyone has been polite and kind. Complete different behavior from patients I have been around. Perhaps it's a control issue. Perhaps being sick and having someone in charge of when they eat, sleep, get stuck by needles, may have visitors, etc brings out an aggressive personality. I really haven't done a scientific study on it but all I know is what I've experienced over and over and what long term people from this area say.

Of course you will find rude people everywhere, you just hope they don't become the norm.

Underthemoonicp6

Specializes in ICU. Has 4 years experience.

Well I found a high paying warm weather area. Seton Medical Center in downtown Austin, Texas just gave me a nice quote for a winter assignment. Their ICU is high acuity as they're the hospital that other hospitals send their patients who are too sick to. I know Texas isn't held in the highest regard on this forum but we'll see.

emb92250

Has 4 years experience.

What's wrong with Texas? I did an assignment in Fort Worth 2/14-5/14. Not the highest paying. Not too bad.

Underthemoonicp6

Specializes in ICU. Has 4 years experience.

It's nice to hear someone say something positive. I posted a little while back about Austin and was told there is a bad culture in TX with treating nurses poorly and a blacklist between hospitals. We'll see how it goes.

I have no doubt that there are lots of good assignments in Texas. And lots of good assignments at HCA hospitals. But the risk/reward odds are unfavorable so I don't understand the point when, say San Diego is available. Personally, I'd like to see travelers boycott Texas until the risk is compensated by high bill rates.