The pay, the cultural attractions, and the entertainment of this area are very tempting. However, we're moving to be closer to my DH's family. We are trying to get pregnant, and we want our child to grow up close to his grandparents, aunt, uncles, and cousins. Plus, my MIL will watch the baby on days when both DH and I are scheduled to work, because I would not be comfortable leaving my child with someone who is not family. LA public schools are really bad, but we are choosing Catholic school regardless of where we live. And the Catholic schools there are excellent, and half the cost of the school in my parish here. We may actually homeschool. I plan on only working prn or part time after 3-5 years experience so I can stay home with the kids more. I don't mind being in hurricane country, I grew up in tornado country, spent half my childhood in the cellar it seems like :) . On a side note, wonder how long those Rangers will be in 1st place? :chuckle Then again, the Mavs used to be an embarrassment, and look at them now! I don't really follow sports much anyway, except for NASCAR, which I am now very hooked on thanks to my DH!
By the way, for anyone else interested in the pay in the Lafayette area, I spoke to Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette. They offer $16.08/hr for new grads, $4 diff for evenings, $5 diff for nights. They have the weekend plan, so if you work Mon-Fri you are not required to work any weekends and if you work 24 hrs Sat and Sun, you are paid for 36 hrs. You are eligible to work weekends only after 1 year experience. They also offer student loan repayment of up to $12,000, they add the monthly payment amount to your check each month as long as you work there. They offer internships in every nursing area, and have every service line except transplant. They also pay for a NCLEX review course, and pay you for attending. Finally, they were just granted Magnet status, which means the nursing staff is happy there, supposedly. Baylor has Magnet status and I'm not happy with them right now, but that's another story . I also spoke with Hamilton SW Medical Center. They also offer $16.08/hr, but the diff is $4/hr eve/nights, $1.25/hr weekends. They do not have the weekend plan, student loan repayment or Magnet status. They offer preceptorships in every service line except rehab.