Published Jul 28, 2005
My husband and I would like to move to Maryland. We're doing all of our research and we're also planning a trip to check out different areas. Can someone help me with finding the best area? By the time we move I will be an RN and my husband is a English teacher. I heard that John Hopkins pays very well but its in Baltimore and the area is not safe. I have two small children and safety is very important. Where can I live and make a decent commute to JH or are there better hospitals that can be recommended. I need city and county names as well. Thanks for the help. :)
There are certain parts of the city that aren't that bad. You could live in the surrounding counties. For example, Howard County is very nice but very expensive. Some of the cities are Columbia, Laurel, Ellicot City. Baltimore County is really nice. Catonsville and Towson are in Baltimore County. There's a good hospital in that area called GBMC(Greater Baltimore Medical Center, I think). There's also Harford County that's approx 40 minutes from the city. Some good cities are Abingdon or Bel Air. There are so many options in Maryland. I would do a google search on Maryland hospitals. There are tons of them!!
I live in Catonsville and I love it here. The metro is only 15 minutes away ( Milford Mill) and it runs DIRECTLY to Johns Hopkins ( straight line..it's the last stop).
There are a TON of areas in the suburbs you can live and still work and commute to JH.
Hopkins has security guards posted all around the hospital in small sentry posts around the corner sidewalks. The hospital may be in the inner city, but security is beefed up so you should feel safe, even late at night (The guards are posted 24 hours a day.) I would advise you not to live right near the hospital, but somewhere along the train station. bus line or metro line. There is a free bus shuttle for all Hopkins affiliated students/employees that goes from Charles Village (near the JHU Homewood campus (near the Baltimore Museum of Art)), past Penn station (lots of people commute from there), past the Peabody Institute to the Hospital itself.
Here's a link to maps around Hopkins Hospital (it's across from the Nursing School): http://www.son.jhmi.edu/welcome/eastbmap.asp
Here's another link to JHH:
Here's a link to Hopkins Nursing:
Here's a link about potential neighborhoods and moving:
I wanted to say thank you to everyone for all of the help. I'm also checking housing prices in the area and your posts are very helpful. Does anyone know what the pay rate is for a new RN at JHH? In S. FL there is a major nursing shortage, some hospitals even give signing bonuses, is it the same in MD?
I know some hospitals in the area do offer sign-on bonuses. Although, I'm not sure which ones. Maryland is also experiencing a nursing shortage.
Many hospitals in and around Baltimore are offering sign-on bonuses. Do you prefer city or county/suburbs? I've lived in Baltimore nearly all my life and I really like it here. I currently live in the city and I enjoy being able to walk to my neighborhood coffee shop (NOT starbucks), restaurant, funkly clothing store, even the movie theater and grocery store. But, perhaps in a few years I will feel like "settling down" and moving to the county (prob. Towson/Lutherville area) so I can have a bigger yard. Both city life and county life have different advantages. Come down and visit. Drive around and you will get a feel for things. There are many more hospitals than just JHH.
I want to live in the suburbs, but make good money.I don't mind the commute as long as its feasible. I have two children and I want them to go to good schools. Are Towson and Catonsville considered the suburbs?
I'm want to live in the suburbs, but make good money.I don't mind the commute as long as its feasible. I have two children and I want them to go to good schools. Are Towson and Catonsville considered the suburbs?
Yes both are. Both are in Baltimore County.
JHH is not known for high salaries, but their benefits are great. I think they still have free tuition for family....someone correct me if I'm wrong.
If you live in Towson or Catonsville, GBMC or St. Joseph's Medical Center would be much closer.
barefootlady, ADN, RN
Is Maryland a walk through state for license? I thought I read somewhere it is. Does it have a mandatory overtime law? When you mention salary, what is the average starting salary now? Some places have really great shift diffs.
how about up there?
I'm just starting Nursing School so I'm not sure. I know of one nurse who just graduated and is making $22/hr. My mother-in-law lives in WV and really wants us to move there but I heard there's not a shortage there. I even heard that some nurses are being laid off. Is that true?
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