Hello all I just want to say I'm new here, so bare with me if i make a lot of errors...
As the title suggests, I'm looking for some input on any nurses that live in the San Francisco area or outside of it with how living life is as a nurse there. Secondly is it possible to live a comfortable life there being a nurse. So a little bit about me i am an RN 1 and have 1 year experience in ICU and 6 months now in specialty clinic dealing with urology and i am a charge nurse there. My fiance is also a nurse for 5 years and he makes much more then i do be that he has more experience then me, he worked trauma ICU for 2 years and med surg for 1 year, now he has been a dialysis nurse 2 years. We both live in Texas and we have a house, no kids yet, and two dogs. We recently went to San Francisco and feel in love... This city seems so lively and open and caters to our beliefs more then where we are living now. As we noticed from our short weeks stay of being there life is well quite expensive... I just wouldn't even know where to start of look for a different job if we were to move out there. I know we would have to sell our home here sell our cars because we both decided we would use public transportation to get around, and we are ok with never owing a home if we were to live out there. Just the atmosphere and everyone having dogs,walking around being friendly with each other is what we are. I honestly felt so sad to come back home when we did.. i felt like my heart and his heart were left there.. If there is anyone here who is a nurse who lives in San Fran? and how do you do it? Can you do it? Would it just be better for me to finish my masters degree in family nurse practice before moving? I just don't want us to struggle with money. I hear constantly that the demand for nurses and doctors are great, but where is the compensation for that demand? I feel like i don't see that aspect. I'm just curious.. Anyone who replies i appreciate your time, opinions and thoughts.
Here's an idea: How about signing up with a travel agency and taking an assignment there for six months to a year? You can get a better sense of it without making a hardcore committment. It is easy to fall in love with a place or person before really getting to know its inner core. You may find out the cons outweigh the pros. Or maybe the pros will still outweigh the cons.
I lived in SF for many years but not as a nurse. When I became a nurse I had to leave because it was hard for me to find a job as a new grad. I visit there quite regularly since I have friends and family there, and it has changed a lot. I know people like to rail on SF but this is my opinion: Live your life esp when you are physically able. If you want to experience SF life, then I say do it. You know that saying: "Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"? I see it like that. I can say that I've regretted more the things I wanted to do but didn't do than the things I did do that ended up sort of poopy. At least I tried and satisfied my curiosity and desire. Life is short. My two cents' worth.
I get tired of people knocking SF down. Yes, it's expensive, yes, there are homeless people, but it is a very popular place to live and has a lot of conveniences, beautiful surroundings, and lots of fun things to do. If you and your husband decide to go for the gusto and pack up and leave Texas, then I would suggest keeping your house and renting it out. That way, if things don't work out in SF, you always have a place to go back to.
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