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RNs Relocating to Las Vegas

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My husband and I are both RNs from the Midwest and we both have temporary Nevada licenses. We've applied to RN jobs online, but so far we have been "NOT SELECTED" for positions at St. Rose hospitals and our status is still pending for several HCA jobs (full-time jobs are few though). I have about 1-1/2 years Med-Surg experience in an HCA facility (plus, I have some charge RN experience and I've oriented many RN employees), and my husband has 6-1/2 years in both hospital (Med-Surg, Oncology), travel nursing (in same system as St. Rose), LTC, supervisory in LTC, and most currently, state hospital psych nursing charge RN. We were told by an HR at St. Rose that he should notify them about a week before we visit LV so he could possibly get an interview then...which seems odd to me...why toss his application into the 'not selected' file only to possibly hire him down the road? For me, I have been out of nursing being a SAHM caring for our young child for about a year and a half, so I can see why they may not be interested in hiring me... Should I keep applying or just wait until we relocate? I've thought about going to LTC, but I don't want to stay away from hospital nursing for too long since that's what I know and that's what I need if I want to further my education (i.e., MSN). I've read on some forums that NV doesn't hire as many out-of-state/ endorsement nurses for whatever reason. I don't think it should matter since we at least have nursing exp. to consider. I booked our flight for mid-Feb, so we will do *some* job hunting during that week. Any suggestions to speed up the job offers would be helpful! :lol2:

smallnurse10

Specializes in L&D. Has 5 years experience.

I don't know why you want to relocate to Las Vegas but I would suggest you find another place. I just moved after living in the area for three years and it is a horrible place, especially if you have children. It is dirty and filled with crime. I know I'm being negative, but it is honestly the truth.

Nevada hospitals get a lot of out of state applicants and the job market is horrible! Many experienced RN's have lost their jobs over the past few years and the market has become competitive. Just keep plugging away if it is really where you want to be and I'm sure you will eventually be successful.

Not speaking about RN jobs specifically but Las Vegas was growing like crazy but that's tapered off and their having some major pains associated with growing way too much too fast. Or at least that's what I've heard.

ocean waves

Has 35 years experience.

Hello. You wrote "have thought about going into long term care" and I believe that applying at such facilities might be one way to "speed up the job offers"---I have recently learned that there tends to be a high nurse staffing turn over rate at long term care facilities in some locations. After getting your "foot in the door" with a one year good work reference there, you could apply for other nursing jobs of more interest to you. You also said "should I keep on applying or wait until we relocate", and my practical answer is to arrange secure employment before you move. Best wishes!

Anisettes, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED, OR, SAF, Corrections. Has 26 years experience.

I lived in Las Vegas for several years (moved there from NYC) and I agree with Kate above who wondered why you chose Vegas. Las Vegas isn't for everyone. I thought when I moved there, that it would be a welcome change from NYC (less crowded, cheaper living costs, etc..). Also my mother and sister had moved there and I had family.

I knew I'd made a mistake about 2 months after I'd gotten there, but had already uprooted the family and moved across the country and we'd just closed on a house. I hated it.

Kate is dead on when she said it is NOT family friendly no matter how the board of tourism, etc... tries to say it is. What VERY little they did have for kids has been torn down - Wet n' Wild? Torn down for a new casino - because hey, they don't already have enough of those. Scandia Fun Center (putt-putt, games, etc...) torn down to make way for a new... casino.

The zoo? It's got a snake, a donkey, and a sheep you can pet. Please. All entertainment is adult oriented. Booze, boobies, and slots. You can't even get away from the machines when you get gas, go to the supermarket, 7-11. I'm surprised there isn't one in every toilet stall.

You want to take the kids to see a movie? You have to traverse an entire Casino to get there because all but 1 or 2 theaters are all INSIDE the casinos. It's hot as hell most of the year, lot's of crime and gang activity, the traffic is terrible.

if you took a job at Sunrise you'd be road-raging by the end of the first week - it sits on Maryland PKWY between I-15 and I-95 and you can only access it by surface streets, a total nightmare and when it rains the one or two time a year that it does, people are crashing left and right. And you pay out the rear-end to register your car.

Yeah, there's no state income tax because they rape you at the DMV and for other essential services that other states don't - there is no free ride I tell people when they say you don't have to pay state taxes - the slack is picked up from other places and called something else - you're still gonna pay.

I worked at the county hospital UMC and my job was the only thing I miss about Vegas. I liked that job and my co-workers, but in all honestly I will NEVER live there again. I'm just as negative about the place as Kate. It's a place to stop and get gas on your way to somewhere, ANYwhere else.

smallnurse10

Specializes in L&D. Has 5 years experience.

I definitely agree with Anisettes on every point. You can't tell that LV is miserable from a weekend visit. It takes a few months for it to sink in. The crime is insane. I lived in a very nice part of town and four murders occurred in a three month period down the block from me, and my best friend's son was jumped and stabbed in a very upscale casino's parking lot by gang members. He was just trying to get to his car. Imagine what occurs if you live in a slightly less "upscale" area.

NV in general does not like to hire many out of state applicants because they don't tend to stay very long. They usually want you to have a NV ID and address unless you are in the military. It shows them you are serious.

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 7 years experience.

Well, I guess everyone has their reasons for loving/hating a place. Personally, I agree that Las Vegas would be a miserable place to live. I'm not a fan of deserts, and Vegas is definitely right smack dab in the middle of the desert. It's a fun place to visit but I'd never, never live there.

Not too terribly far away, in the mountains, maybe. ;)

But to each his own.. I'd like to live on the west coast, Portland maybe.. but many people couldn't stand all the rain and would love the hot desert sun of Nevada..

Butterfly0328

Specializes in future OB/L&D nurse(I hope) or hospice.

I don't know why you want to relocate to Las Vegas but I would suggest you find another place. I just moved after living in the area for three years and it is a horrible place, especially if you have children. It is dirty and filled with crime. I know I'm being negative, but it is honestly the truth.

Nevada hospitals get a lot of out of state applicants and the job market is horrible! Many experienced RN's have lost their jobs over the past few years and the market has become competitive. Just keep plugging away if it is really where you want to be and I'm sure you will eventually be successful.

I have lived in Las Vegas for the past 25 years and while there is obviously crime here, I do take offense to the comment on it being dirty. It is no more dirty than anywhere else. Just like most places you have good areas of the city and bad areas of the city. Also, in the 25 years that I have lived here there has never been a murder anywhere close to where I live, and I live in the better area. I also raised 2 children here. My son has been in the Air Force for amost a year and my daughter is starting college in the spring. So not every child raised in Las Vegas turns into a gangster. I do agree that there needs to be more things for kids to do, and when they closed Wet-n-Wild I was really upset. But, if a kid is involved with a good crowd of friends there are things to do without getting into trouble, and the parents are involved in their activities-children

can and do grow up to be well adjusted adults. There is also a curfew for kids which I

think is a plus. I have never known a more compassionate city ever. If there is a need and the community knows about it, those who have been blessed with financial stability ALWAYS come forward and help out. There are several morning radio shows out here and I can't even begin to tell you how many times money has been donated by the Las Vegas citizens because someone lost their home due to fire, lost possessions from theft, lost a job due to illness etc. So, yes there is crime, but there is also an enourmous amount of compassion and and a huge christian community here in Las Vegas. Where there is darkness, there is also the light of Christ! God Bless

Butterfly0328

Specializes in future OB/L&D nurse(I hope) or hospice.

I lived in Las Vegas for several years (moved there from NYC) and I agree with Kate above who wondered why you chose Vegas. Las Vegas isn't for everyone. I thought when I moved there, that it would be a welcome change from NYC (less crowded, cheaper living costs, etc..). Also my mother and sister had moved there and I had family.

I knew I'd made a mistake about 2 months after I'd gotten there, but had already uprooted the family and moved across the country and we'd just closed on a house. I hated it.

Kate is dead on when she said it is NOT family friendly no matter how the board of tourism, etc... tries to say it is. What VERY little they did have for kids has been torn down - Wet n' Wild? Torn down for a new casino - because hey, they don't already have enough of those. Scandia Fun Center (putt-putt, games, etc...) torn down to make way for a new... casino.

The zoo? It's got a snake, a donkey, and a sheep you can pet. Please. All entertainment is adult oriented. Booze, boobies, and slots. You can't even get away from the machines when you get gas, go to the supermarket, 7-11. I'm surprised there isn't one in every toilet stall.

You want to take the kids to see a movie? You have to traverse an entire Casino to get there because all but 1 or 2 theaters are all INSIDE the casinos. It's hot as hell most of the year, lot's of crime and gang activity, the traffic is terrible.

if you took a job at Sunrise you'd be road-raging by the end of the first week - it sits on Maryland PKWY between I-15 and I-95 and you can only access it by surface streets, a total nightmare and when it rains the one or two time a year that it does, people are crashing left and right. And you pay out the rear-end to register your car.

Yeah, there's no state income tax because they rape you at the DMV and for other essential services that other states don't - there is no free ride I tell people when they say you don't have to pay state taxes - the slack is picked up from other places and called something else - you're still gonna pay.

I worked at the county hospital UMC and my job was the only thing I miss about Vegas. I liked that job and my co-workers, but in all honestly I will NEVER live there again. I'm just as negative about the place as Kate. It's a place to stop and get gas on your way to somewhere, ANYwhere else.

I would like to comment on this post. As stated above, I have lived here for 25 years. And while it is true that there is "booze, boobies, and slots", it is possible to avoid these things - as I do all the time. Heck, there are booze and boobies everywhere!! Walmart has no slots in any store nor does Target. The malls out here do not have slot machines in them either. I "frequent" the strip, but manybe once or twice a year. I will tell you what-when someone DOES want to go out on the town, so to speak, you can't beat Las Vegas. I LOVE the fact that I can go to the store and go shopping anytime I want and is convenient for me. Even though there is the strip and everything that goes with it, there is also real life off the strip. Just like any other city or town, I live a very normal life- work, school, shopping ( which is amazing here by the way) and so on. BUT, if I want to get away from it all and have a good time I can do that in as little as 20 minutes.

As far as the traffice goes, in the past 2-3 years there has been a beltway developed and it surrounds the entire city..So, it is no longer required to drive through town to get to many places, like the Sunrise hospital mentioned. And, as far as it being hot, yea-it's very hot in the summer. But it's dry heat, and I would take dry heat and 115 degrees over 90 degrees with 90% humidity any day. Your body adjusts to it and it really is not a big deal. And last,but not least-the movie theatres. Yes, a lot of them are in the casinos, but there is always an entrance very close to the theatre. I also like the fact that there is usually a food court not far from the theatre and will usually go to see a movie and then stop for an ice cream or light snack afterwards. So, Las Vegas is not the horrible place many describe it to be. Yea, it's not for everyone, but there are millions of people that have made Las Vegas their home and love it!

RNFiona

Specializes in ER. Has 13 years experience.

I lived in Vegas too and while it may not be for everyone I really enjoyed living there. As far as the kids not having anything to do..I disagree...its called playing OUTSIDE. Many communities are gated and safe. There is a lot more to Las Vegas than the strip.

RNFiona

Specializes in ER. Has 13 years experience.

There is crime everywhere and every major city will have it's pros and cons.

RNFiona

Specializes in ER. Has 13 years experience.

Wow aren't you a negative nancy

I have never lived there, but I do live in a "Big City" and I will say, the times I have visted Vegas, I felt SAFE---smack dab in the middle of the strip I felt SAFE! Walking through my "big city" and even going on a run in the outskirts where I live I dont feel safe. I live in a higher class community with plenty of "rich" people and stars and my 6-10 mile runs must be done within a small 5 mile circle...why? Because outside my circle isnt a safe place. I felt a whole lot safer running on the strip in the early morning hours than I do running in my tiny bubble!

RNFiona

Specializes in ER. Has 13 years experience.

Exactly my point. I feel like once some people have a negative experience they just close down and cannot see anything positive. There are certain parts of Vegas that are rather seedy...but that is true of any major city.

Tree5981, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in oncology, med/surg, ortho. Has 9 years experience.

I have lived in Las Vegas for almost 9 years. I moved here when it was booming and it was very easy to find work. I hated it the 1st year I moved here but it grew on me. Unfortunately, the job market has changed drastically since the economy has gone down the toilet. I know it is bad everywhere, but we our job and forclosure rate is the worst from what I've heard. But, anyway here are my pros and cons about Vegas.

PROS:

The weather: granted it gets over 100 degrees in the summer it isn't humid and its beautiful weather otherwise.

Entertainment: There are many things to do besides the strip! There are many places to go camping, California is a close drive too! And if you do decide to see a show and have a night on the town there are plenty of great shows to see.

Diverse backgrounds: You will meet so many diverse people from all over the country.

Scenery: There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the mountains every morning when you wake up. Just gorgeous.

24/7 town: You can literally buy alcohol anywhere, anytime.

CONS:

NO JOBS!!! Even with experience it is very tough to find a nursing job in this town. Choices are limited and its WHO YOU KNOW!

Not a place for kids: and not just because of all the adult entertainment. The education system is the worst for children!

Hard to keep friends: As previous posters have mentioned, people leave town left and right here. It is hard to keep friends since everyone is moving out of here.

Bad food: I don't care what people say, the food here is bad. I'm an East coaster...so maybe I'm just really picky about my Italian food....but it is bad here. :(

Traffic: Another one that someone previously mentioned. And there is always constant construction. We have one of the highest car insurance rates. People cannot drive here!

Every place you live has good and bad. I wouldn't recommend for someone to move here now because of how bad the job market is here, but I still like it here overall. Vegas will always have a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, I am looking to get out. I am looking for another job since the company I work for is going under and I will be unemployed. After countless resumes and applications...still not even an interview.

I'm from Chicago, my family and I love it here, its not perfect but were is it? My peev here is people are the worst drivers I have ever seen , rude, and inconsiderate. My kids go to school here one a junior in high school the other at UNLV. Its easy to blame schools for poor students, but alot of what you send to a school starts with the basic values they are taught at home way before they get into the schooling systems. Its easy to blame others for what parents are SUPPOSE to be teaching them at home. Maybe if every kid didnt have a phone for texting they would learn how to hold a conversation person to person.Like the NYC lady said she doesnt like it here so move back to NYC , you must have moved from there because of something you didnt like there. None of us are prisioners to a state, and when you find the PERFECT one , please let me and all the others know. Vegas sure beats Chicago by far cheaper to live here , weather we love, Keep the snow ice and rain. Glad we made the move.

I am planning a move to LV in the next few months, this post is interesting with all the pros and cons! I am looking for a RN I job at a hospital, I have seen a lot of jobs posted on the Valley Health System website, do these hospitals hire all the time or is this just the time of year they post jobs? Does the job market for RNs seem to be improving? Thanks for any input!

RNFiona

Specializes in ER. Has 13 years experience.

I disagree. Any big city has its pros and cons. I lived there and loved it and have several friends with young children who love it.There is nice weather, mountains, lakes, entertainment, low cost of living etc. It may not be the right place for you but I wouldn't go so far as to call it horrible, dirty and filled with crime. You can pretty much say that about any urban metropolis.