Thinking about Relocating : need advice to make the relocation easier

  1. Hi Nurse Beth,

    I'm an RN of 4.5yrs and live in MI. I've always worked for the same facility which is a 300 bed hospital. I've done medsurg/tele and L&D both of which I don't particularly want to go back. I'm in outpatient ambulatory surgery now and love it. Anyway, I'm considering moving to Tennessee. I'm married and have 3 children so it's a big decision. My husband's pay is a bit higher there or possibly the same, but more jobs; mine I've heard wages would be a bit lower. Cost of living seems close from what I can see. No property taxes though. Anyway, I know I'd have to get my license there, I'd be going from a non-contract state to a contract state so I'm not positive how that works. But I'd like to get that part started ahead of time but I don't want it to inactivate my license here in MI in case we changed our minds and decide not to move or something. Also I have heard recently from a friend that's a travel nurse that I should work with an agency and they'd help with my relocation or I'd make more money? I honestly don't know anything about agency nursing. I work in outpatient surgery right now part time by choice and I absolutely love it. Not sure I am willing to give up my position either. I don't want to go back to floor nursing. I have a day shift now, no call. I completely love it. But I hate MI weather and the economy is awful here and we kinda just want a fresh start and to experience what else is out there. Any advice on the best way to make a relocation happen regarding just applying to a hospital there or using an agency? Would you risk giving up a position you loved for the unknown?

    Dear Thinking About Re-Locating:

    It is hard to think about leaving the perfect job because there are no guarantees that you’ll immediately find the same set of conditions you enjoy now. At the same time, you’ll have regrets if you don’t go for it. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes.

    Using a travel agency to find contract work in your targeted city in Tennessee has the advantage of finding you a temporary position ready to step into when you get there. Then you can take a few months to get the lay of the land, find out the best places to work, etc., while still drawing a pay check.

    Many hospitals and even outpatient clinics offer re-location assistance for experienced nurses as well, you just have to ask. You can apply online to start the process.

    Best of luck in your new adventure,

    Nurse Beth

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  3. by   tnbutterfly
    Tennessee is one of 25 states with compact state nurses licensure (NLC). A nurse with a permanent residency in a NLC state has a multistate nursing license and is eligible to work in other states that make up the compact states.

    When moving to a compact state from a non-compact state, you must apply for licensure by endorsement in the new state of residency. Your individual state license issued by the non-compact state is not affected and will remain active if you maintain licensure and if so provided by the laws of your original non-compact state (Michigan in this case).
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jun 8, '16
  4. by   Mhays
    Thank you for your forum post. I think that you are mentally ready for your move and you are also ready for your new job. Any new job that anyone does can make anyone feel nervous or anxious. What I have found that helps me is doing research about the job before I even take the position. After I have done the research and I read over what the job entails, then I am more likely to not be as nervous and I am more likely to feel better about myself and about the nursing work that I will be doing. Change can be hard, but it also can be a rewarding adventure that you are wanting to do and will hopefully continue to do. I wish you the best and just think about the move and about your adventure as a new possibility in your career path. Marcy CNA
  5. by   Mariade
    I suggest going for a visit to check things out if you can! Im in the middle of relocating as well, it sure can be frustrating! I wish you the very best of luck!
  6. by   Wrench Party
    Not sure which part of TN you are thinking of relocating to, but the state is gorgeous! You have the Blue Ridge/Appalachians in the east near Knoxville, rolling hills in the middle and Nashville, and then Memphis in the west. Nashville has Vanderbilt for major medical centers. The weather has been similar to here in NC when I've visited the eastern and middle part of the state.
  7. by   Mtaggart
    [While finding a great job that you're happy in is important, you have your husband and 3 children to consider. How old are your kids? How will relocating affect them? What about moving away from extended family?Will you have enough support day to day with young children? How are the schools? What is God telling you? Good luck and God bless!]
  8. by   Mhays
    Moving is always a hard task, but if you are ready to do it mentally and physically then it is a good and healthy thing. If you are moving to a better situation for work or if you find that you have more nursing opportunities or a higher level nursing position in another state, then it is always better to take those positions and move. The reason is because you will become healthier physically and mentally. You will also feel much like that you are contributing more of your nursing profession and that will help you into your future and beyond.
  9. by   Mhays
    I have always said that if you want to stay at the company or the job that you are in, but they need to relocate to another place then my advice would be to go ahead and move to that new place. The good news would be that you like the job and you are use to what is being asked of you in your job. The hard thing would be to be in a new place and move everything, but like I said before if staying at the current job is what you would like to do, then I would move to the new location. You can get information about the new location at the library through library books or on the internet. You can also ask the company if they will cover moving costs which normally they should do so. Moving can be a very positive experience and I believe that it is a good thing to do.
  10. by   KMBRN2002
    I moved from MI in 2010 to Washington State. It was enormously scary. The longest part of the process was getting the RN by endorsement, so start that now...even if you decide to not move right away, you'll have that in hand. And, for me, the scariest part of that process was getting fingerprinted at the police station! We had visited out here in 2008 and fell in love with the state, the we made it happen. I applied online at the hospital here in town, got telephone interviewed & got hired, sight-unseen and the hospital paid I think a $4000 relocation fee. It's definitely doable, but very overwhelming at first; start offloading possessions that you won't need, as early as you can. Make lists of everything you need to do, everyone you need to call or have called (with their phone numbers right there, just in case) and what you want to bring & what you don't. Research the towns & hospitals on line as much as you can. I had books of lists & information. Six years later and there's nowhere else in the world I would want to be.
  11. by   Mhays
    I moved to Virginia when I was three years old. I do no remember any of the details of the move because I was so little, but my dad told me that he got books about Virginia that helped him with the relocation. You can still get books from the library and now you can get ebooks which are nice in that you can read them while you are traveling to your relocation spot. Also, you can look up the spot that you are relocating on the internet and it will show you some great pictures and list some great things about where you are going. Good luck on your new location and your move as well.
  12. by   Mhays
    I think that relocating is a good idea. You can do many things in order to prepare yourself for the relocation and they are the following ways:
    1. Do research on what you want to do and where you would like to live.
    2. Do research on what areas you would like to live and hope to live.
    3. Do research on housing opportunities.
    4. Do research on jobs and local hospitals or long-term care opportunities.

    You can do research on all of these things by doing a google search engine and typing in key words for your search. You can also get books at the library about certain aspects on your move as well. I wish you the best in your move.
  13. by   Mhays
    I am so thankful that you have written this discussion forum posting because I am going through this right now as we speak. My mom fell and broke her right wrist and her right hand on August 24th. She went to the hospital for the surgeries and then to rehab facility. Then, we as a family all had to move into an assisted living apartment like style house where she can get therapy help and also other needs as well. I moved as well and the things that I am learning as I move are:
    1. Do not buy a lot of furniture; only buy furniture that I absolutely will need.
    2. Try to categorize things and put them into boxes with labels on them.
    3. Get the job or career in place before the big move.
    4. Allow time to process everything.

    Relocating is hard work, but if you allow time to do everything, then it is work it in the end.
  14. by   Mhays
    That is a great thing to be relocating. I am relocating as well and I am finding out that it is hard to get everything in order and just get the small things taken care of. I find that these tips are the best and they are:
    1. Start early
    2. Get all paper work in order early for work.
    3. Get the relocation papers ready to go.
    4. Call people to let them know about the new address.
    I wish you all of the best.