I finally got my ticket out of this God-forsaken state! I grew up and went to school in RI, moved here 2 years ago after graduation to get experience @ a large hospital, and have been trying to get out of here ever since. Earlier in the year I was accepted in the Air Force Nurse Corp but decided this would be too confining a lifestyle. Now I will be moving to Portland Maine and working in the OR (new to me, a little nervous). They have a 6 month internship program so I should be well oriented into it. I will be working 1 w/e out of 6, earning nearly what I earn now, saving $40/ month on parking, saving $3000/year on car insurance, living in what has been rated as one of the 10 top medium sized cities in the country which is w/in 2 hours of both the White Mountain National Park, Acadia National park (I love hiking and camping and outdoor stuff), and Boston, and 2.5 hours from my family in RI. I am outta here! There's a verbal stipulation to stay @ the new job 2 years after the internship, but as I told them in the interview, if I can live in New Haven ( or as I affectionately like to call it "the armpit of the east coast" ) for 2 years I could live anywhere for 2 years. Wish me luck. I could use any advice that any OR nurses out there might have.