Looking to move somewhere family friendly...where RNs are paid well...

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I am looking to move somewhere that is family friendly with good schools and decent salary for RNs. I prefer East of the Mississippi... Any advice is welcome as we are definitely going to move away from where we are...just trying to figure out where will be the best fit for us.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.

Are you willing to deal with snow, or do you prefer milder winters?

I am only asking because there are many states east of the Mississippi with weather and lifestyles that vary drastically.

CCRNforlife

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Yes, willing to deal with snow...but definitely prefer a milder climate. As my husband puts it we need to be east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon. ;)

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.
Yes, willing to deal with snow...but definitely prefer a milder climate. As my husband puts it we need to be east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon. ;)
As you probably know, the states east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon line are renowned for pay rates that are much lower than the national average. You stated you were looking for decent RN pay.

I am west of the Mississippi River (in Texas) and earn a little over $35/hourly with nine years of experience. I do not know of any state east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon that pays staff nurses what I earn. Usually it is in the low to mid $20s per hour.

CCRNforlife

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Hmmm so far what I had been finding made it sound like the Carolinas were pretty good compared to the states to the North.

CCRNforlife

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For reference I am currently working in Phoenix, AZ.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.
Where in Texas?
I am in Fort Worth. I relocated from California to Texas about ten years ago.

Red Kryptonite

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For reference I am currently working in Phoenix, AZ.

If you like warm, why would you leave Phoenix? Also, the cost of living is pretty low here and I can't speak to the city center but the burbs offer plenty of family-friendly living options.

Your other post mentions Raleigh. RTP is kind of like Silicon Valley east and Raleigh is a university town, so probably wages are higher there than average for the South in general. I lived in Fayetteville almost 15 years ago, though, and don't know a lot about the current state of the local Raleigh economy. That's just what I know from back then.

guest769224

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Asheville NC. Family friendly, outdoor paradise. Pay is mid-upper 20's. Pay in all of the south and southeast sucks, which are the warm areas...what's the lowest pay you want?

Red Kryptonite

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The Asheville area is beautiful. :up:

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

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My son lived in Virginia for a while. Cost of living is fairly high, but so are the wages. He was in a nice, smaller community only an hour and a half out of Washington. Good local schools and definitely close enough to the capitol for day trips.