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anybody can tell me something about working in kindred at scottsdale? how about living in scottsdale compared to los angeles

thanks!

anybody can tell me something about working in kindred at scottsdale? how about living in scottsdale compared to los angeles

thanks!

Very hot there, and high electric bills, can be $400 per month and even more just for an apt. Air conditioning is run most of the year except for the winter months.

Traffic can be worse, except that there are routes that you can take without the freeways, but will take much longer.

There's about 4 months out of the year that you'll complain the temps are too high but otherwise the weather is very pleasant. AZ homes are constructed with energy efficiency in mind. There's 3 in our family living in a 2400+ sqft house in the scottsdale area with pool, electric dryer and and our summer electric bill has yet to be over $300. The electricity is some of the cheapest in the country as we have the largest and one of the newest nuclear reactors in the country.

The Phx/Scottsdale roadways are some of the newest you'll find anywhere. You'll notice the AZ freeways are also new and don't have compressed lane widths like those found in CA. There are busy freeway areas you'll need to beware of if you plan to comute to work but you would be hard pressed to find anything comparing to southern CA's legendary freeway gridlock.

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

Oh my, I've never paid $400 a month for electricity! But then again, I dont run my AC all year! We have had ours off for a while now, and today I am drinking hot cocoa and bundled up in sweats. I think it's 69 degrees right now, but it got in the 50s last night, and that's just too cold!

I can't believe that the PHX area would be comparable to LA. For one thing, you can breathe here, and it is far easier to drive around here as well. I know there are lots of people here, but nothing like it is in LA.

cookielady,rn

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in post surgical, tele, icu.

physicians caring for a patient who'd been in the our icu for over 2 months wouldn't let him go to kindred and held him til they could get on access so he could go to select.

physicians caring for a patient who'd been in the our icu for over 2 months wouldn't let him go to kindred and held him til they could get on access so he could go to select.

why? does kindred have a not so good reputation?

Hoozdo, ADN

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

physicians caring for a patient who'd been in the our icu for over 2 months wouldn't let him go to kindred and held him til they could get on access so he could go to select.

I have toured Kindred Phoenix before when I had to select a place for my mother to go to from the ICU. I much preferred Kindred over Select Specialty after my inspection. Unfortunately, her insurance would only pay for Select and she was there about 6 weeks. I only saw a doctor ONE TIME the entire time she was at Select, and I was there every day. Every thing is done from protocols and standing orders. The nurses were mostly foreign from India and not the greatest communicators. I had a doctor order that I could read her chart and that was the only way I was updated on her condition.

Kindred does not have a bad reputation.

Hope that helps,

Hoozdo

I paid $400 and above quite often when I lived there and the salaries were not as high as they are now.

And I have friends that pay over that now. Depends on the size of your home.

Hoozdo, ADN

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

I paid $400 and above quite often when I lived there and the salaries were not as high as they are now.

And I have friends that pay over that now. Depends on the size of your home.

Me too Suzanne. My monthly balanced payment is around $350 a month. Price depends on your air conditioner efficiency, what you set your thermostat on, and whether you have a pool with the pool pump running!

I worked at Kindred/Phoenix and would only suggest you have either step-down experience, telemetry, or ICU experience. This was very scary nursing for me and I would prefer never to work there again. I did not like the exposure of caring for 10-11 VERY sick patients. Some of the LPN's would dole out medicinces without looking at why they were giving them. Some wanted to "do their own thing" and not communicate since I was a traveler.

I checked our online checking account for the last 6 months of electrical bills just to make sure. We have APS and that's probably another factor. I think they're cheaper. Also, we don't use APS' bill averaging feature so summer months are higher than other months but it's never hit $300. If we bill averaged, the average monthly electric bill might be closer to $150 per month since we use gas for heat. Here's the last 6 amounts and dates:

10/6 $156

9/6 $228

8/6 $263

7/24 $237

6/24 $166

5/14 $83

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

Yeah, I've lived in Az all my life and we have never paid $400!

Hoozdo, ADN

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

Yeah, I've lived in Az all my life and we have never paid $400!

But you don't live in Phoenix.

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

But you don't live in Phoenix.

Come on, it's not that much hotter than Tucson! 2-3 degrees doesn't equal an extra few hundred dollars in bills.

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

I'm renting in a 5 bedroom house, 2500+ sq ft. and the highest our electric bill this summer was about $400. So that's about what you'll be looking at paying for electric if you'll be in a house of that size. And that was only during the real hot months of the summer. Be smart about how you use energy .... SRP has off-peak/on-peak plans that save you TONS of money. Also, using the swamp cooler is a big money saver.

So don't be too scared about the heat. Like Kabin said there are about 4 months out of the year that are hot .... and only a couple of those months are REALLY HOT, lol.

Right now it's BEAUTIFUL outside, and it'll stay like this until about May/June.

The traffic here is nowhere near the nightmare that it is in and around the LA area. I never have to sit in traffic, and I live in Tempe and commute to Phx. I work nightshift, but even when I worked days the traffic was never bad because I worked 7 am to 7 pm ..... the worst traffic is closer to 8-9 am and 4-6 pm.

I don't know anything about Kindred, but Scottsdale is a nice area.

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

I checked our online checking account for the last 6 months of electrical bills just to make sure. We have APS and that's probably another factor. I think they're cheaper. Also, we don't use APS' bill averaging feature so summer months are higher than other months but it's never hit $300. If we bill averaged, the average monthly electric bill might be closer to $150 per month since we use gas for heat. Here's the last 6 amounts and dates:

10/6 $156

9/6 $228

8/6 $263

7/24 $237

6/24 $166

5/14 $83

That's usually about how our bills look. Like I said the highest we had this summer was $400, but we were keeping the house a bit cooler since I sleep during the day. We have SRP, which they raised their rates at the beginning of the summer (before now we never had a $400 electric bill). But we use their energy-saver off-peak/on-peak plan ... so it's not too bad.

Multicollinearity, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in Acute Care Psych, DNP Student.

Very hot there, and high electric bills, can be $400 per month and even more just for an apt. Air conditioning is run most of the year except for the winter months.

Traffic can be worse, except that there are routes that you can take without the freeways, but will take much longer.

I'm in a condo (like an apartment) and my electric bill averages $60 per month. I prefer lots of A/C with temps like 68-70 degrees, since I'm always hot. The electric bills aren't that bad, Suzanne.

Now traffic - yowsa! I was in Los Angeles recently, and I thought their so-called gridlock was NOTHING compared to Tucson & Phx gridlock. My LA relatives were sitting in traffic and griping, and I was like "this is nothing compared to my daily traffic hell in AZ."

Hoozdo, ADN

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

Your electric bill in Phoenix will vary by these factors:

1. Do you have SRP or APS? APS is more expensive

2. How many square feet is your house. Houses larger than 3,000 square feet commonly have TWO air conditioners, so twice the electricity.

3. Are you on an asphalt island......most are.

4. Do you have a pool?

5. What kind of insulation do you have?

6. Do you have rotating ducts on your roof to cool the attic area and blow out the hot air?

7. Do you use electricity during prime time day peak hours?

Now, another topic........pollution.

YES, Phoenix can be as bad as LA. There are frequent weather inversions in the winter causing horrible air pollution. There are many days when people with respiratory illnesses are advised not to go outside.

Traffic, it sucks. Try driving on I-17 through town ANY TIME of the day, you will see what I mean. Rush hour starts as early as 6 AM on I-17 and going east on the 101 loop. Rush hour is not over till 7 PM.

Phoenix is a big city.......I read somewhere that it is the 4th biggest city in the USA now. It is a sprawling metropolis of asphalt that does not cool down at night the way a smaller city would - such as Tucson. It is commonly over 100 degrees after midnight in the summer time.

One thing Phoenix isn't, it's not the place I grew up in 40 years ago. It's hotter, it's much more dangerous crime-wise (2 serial killers loose at the same time!), takes about 2 hours to drive from the extreme east side to the extreme west side. Between the pollution and the traffic, I would be outta here if I didn't have my father still living here and needing my help medically. It is not the Phoenix anymore that I knew and loved.

My 5 bucks on the subject!

Hoozdo

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

I agree, it's definitely not the Phx it used to be. But before moving here you just weigh the pros and cons, just like any other place. It obviously can't be too bad, it's (UNFORTUNATELY) one of the fastest growing places.

And while winter time is NICE and we have great weather, we have to pay for it by having to put up with the snowbirds :) So all things come with a price, but it's not too bad. Before long you'll learn to spot a snowbird from far away and learn to avoid them while driving on the freeway!

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

Yeah, it doesn't cool down at night in the summer here either. When I worked nights as an EMT, I frequently saw it still at 100 at midnight as well. I remember this, because we were allowed to wear Tshirts in the summer-even at night instead of the full uniform.

Tucson metro has a pop of near 800,00, so we still, indeed, have a lot of asphalt. I think our advantage in the summer is that we may have better monsoons (we did this year anyway).

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