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by team_Rnurses team_Rnurses (New) New

Hi,

I wanted to tell you honestly about the Las Vegas nursing market. Please do not relocate to Las Vegas. First, the market is too small with too many little "start up" nursing programs churning out subpar new grads like water. Second, all the hospitals and nursing homes except UMC and North Vista are owned by only three different entities (we call it the Vegas Mafia). The influx of foreign nurses drive down the wage. There are no jobs here. You will be able to make a living here but not with ease. I am moving as soon as I can (by March or April). I have been a RN 20+ years and have never seen a market such as this. You mention the St Rose system. You need not apply unless you are a BSN. They are applying for magnet status.

Thanks

The RN jobs are horrific. AVOID THE VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM. It is a slave bin. They give you 10 patients on med-surg and 6 om IMC. Even, ICU I have heard of up to four. Basically, most of the hospitals are Valley Health System, HCA System, UMC, North Vista. That is who owns the few hospitals here.

Unless you are Donald Trump or Oprah and do not have to work :-) Avoid las vegas like the plague. Please see my comments on page 2. Thanks

Well, this thread has been very interesting & informative. I am an LPN living north of Chicago Illinois for the past 6 years. I raised my 2 children in Chicago. I can tell you for SURE that Chicago has changed over the decades I lived there! Talk about dirty & crime ridden! My husband & I are still seriously considering relocating to Vegas. I really appreciate being able to come here & read all of the different points of view. Unfortunately for us, I suppose one can't move to any major city where there is no gang activity/ violent crime. But as far as the weather, well I am dreaming of Vegas weather. Lived there for a year as a young teen & loved it. I have severe allergies year round since I can remember. But that year in Vegas (including the summer & brutal heat) I was allergy free.

THELIVINGWORST, ASN, RN

Specializes in Public Health. Has 4 years experience.

I find several of the comments made by PP to be really offensive. I am a local, my moms a local and my grandma is a local. I also work in the VHS and while it is not perfect, the ratios at different hospitals varies, mine happens to be 6:1 med surg, 4:1 IMC, and 2:1 ICU. of course there are days when I long for better staffing but the pay is not bad because cost of living is so low.

I actually miss Vegas :/ I'd go back if I could! We lived there for 7 years and the only time we flt unsafe was when we lived near a ghetto type area. We moved as soon as our lease was up! I do agree that it's not very kid friendly, but it's getting better, They did open the water park last summer, plus tons to do outside like Mt Charleston, red rock, stuff like that! An yeah, the school system kind of fails, but it's such a transient place that it's tough to keep up with. My hubby is a teacher, and taught there in Vegas, and he couldn't tell how many kids transferred in and out of classes constantly. Tough to teach kids that way...Anyways, IMO, places are what you make of it. I don't know about the job situation because I moved shortly after graduation last year. I was offered a job at Sunrise where I precepted, but silly me turned them down to move here to be with my hubby and kids. Still can't find a job here :/ if I'd have known I would have stayed in Vegas and got some experience under my belt!

THELIVINGWORST, ASN, RN

Specializes in Public Health. Has 4 years experience.

I actually miss Vegas :/ I'd go back if I could! We lived there for 7 years and the only time we flt unsafe was when we lived near a ghetto type area. We moved as soon as our lease was up! I do agree that it's not very kid friendly' date=' but it's getting better, They did open the water park last summer, plus tons to do outside like Mt Charleston, red rock, stuff like that! An yeah, the school system kind of fails, but it's such a transient place that it's tough to keep up with. My hubby is a teacher, and taught there in Vegas, and he couldn't tell how many kids transferred in and out of classes constantly. Tough to teach kids that way...Anyways, IMO, places are what you make of it. I don't know about the job situation because I moved shortly after graduation last year. I was offered a job at Sunrise where I precepted, but silly me turned them down to move here to be with my hubby and kids. Still can't find a job here :/ if I'd have known I would have stayed in Vegas and got some experience under my belt![/quote']

But hey! You got hired yesterday right!? Congrats again!

AngelNurse2b

Specializes in High-risk OB, Labor & Delivery. Has 5 years experience.

I'm a California RN considering relocating to Las Vegas because of the cost of living. I work in San Diego and the cost to live out here keeps increasing. Does anyone know how much per hour the wages are approximately? Thanks :)

THELIVINGWORST, ASN, RN

Specializes in Public Health. Has 4 years experience.

I'm a California RN considering relocating to Las Vegas because of the cost of living. I work in San Diego and the cost to live out here keeps increasing. Does anyone know how much per hour the wages are approximately? Thanks :)

$32/hr nights

AngelNurse2b

Specializes in High-risk OB, Labor & Delivery. Has 5 years experience.

Thanks, Slinkyhead RN! Wow, that's a pretty big pay-cut for me coming from California, as I expected.

$32/hr nights

THELIVINGWORST, ASN, RN

Specializes in Public Health. Has 4 years experience.

Not really. It's wayyyyyy cheaper to live here. My rent is like less than 15% of my income. It's a great neighborhood and there's never any traffic either.

Not really. It's wayyyyyy cheaper to live here. My rent is like less than 15% of my income. It's a great neighborhood and there's never any traffic either.
where do u work?

THELIVINGWORST, ASN, RN

Specializes in Public Health. Has 4 years experience.

I work in the valley health system

I am applying there but I am from washington - do you suggest getting a Nevada license first? did you have prior nursing experience ?

leilahlv

Specializes in Software and home health.

Yes get a temp NV license first. Good for 6 months.

I am so glad you posted this I was becoming very disheartened as I am moving to Vegas in June my family is there but I was not aware of them not hiring out of staters so thats why they have not answered my inquirys as I have 20 years experience as an RN. Thanks Again for your post and I moved from Oregon coast which is not Portland as someone said earlier to phoenix az been here 10 years in the desert and it is definitely hot here but the heat in vegas is different than here.

ilovenicu16

Specializes in NICU. Has 5 years experience.

Don't believe people when they say hospitals in Vegas won't hire people from out of state. I moved from out of state and had my pick of hospital to work at easily. We actually like it it here so far. The pay is GREAT (about 55/hr for Per Diem) in a critical care unit at St. Rose. The standard of living is pretty low. Just put your app out to multiple places and see where you get bites. Never hurts to prod HR a little either if you don't hear anything back soon ;)