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What states offer good working condition for RNs?

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Hi guys:

I have been thinking to move to another states to escape Arizona heat. Not for sure where to go. Can you guys recommend some good states that RNs are treated well? Thanks. John

VickyRN, MSN, DNP, RN

Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds. Has 16 years experience.

North Carolina has some nurse-friendly hospitals with safe, professional work environments. Just be choosy and research well before you commit.

NC sounds good. What are the other states?

Christie RN2006

Specializes in SICU, EMS, Home Health, School Nursing.

Ohio also has some nurse-friendly hospitals...especially in the Columbus area. I agree with Vicky, just make sure you research the hospitals well before you commit to one!!

rn undisclosed name

Specializes in Telemetry, Oncology, Progressive Care. Has 4 years experience.

I didn't realize this was a state thing. I thought it varied by facility.

Christie RN2006

Specializes in SICU, EMS, Home Health, School Nursing.

I didn't realize this was a state thing. I thought it varied by facility.

It is varied greatly by facility.... I personally think that every state has some great hospitals, but you need to research each facility before getting yourself into one that isn't nurse-friendly.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Hi guys:

I have been thinking to move to another states to escape Arizona heat. Not for sure where to go. Can you guys recommend some good states that RNs are treated well? Thanks. John

California is very RN-friendly due to their ratio laws.

MisMatch, LPN

Specializes in geriatrics. Has 14 years experience.

North Carolina has some nurse-friendly hospitals with safe, professional work environments. Just be choosy and research well before you commit.

I am still a nursing student. Can you offer suggestions on how to research and what to look for? Thanks!

AprilRNhere

Specializes in RN- Med/surg.

MN. If you can tollerate the cold. We're number one for pay with cost of living adjustment. I'm always thinking how nice I have it when I read threads here about pt ratios, etc..

The Boston area has some great hospitals that treat nurses well. The pay is good, but the cost of living is through the roof.

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

North Carolina has some nurse-friendly hospitals with safe, professional work environments. Just be choosy and research well before you commit.

Thats great to hear since its been the plan that when I graduate from LPN school in 6 months and then do my LPN to RN bridge, its off to NC me and my family go!

I know that Seattle hospitals have great RN retention rates. Check out www.swedish.org or one of the other great hospitals in Seattle.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

california. has the nurse staff ratio law. and, we're short of rns. 4 patients per nurse in the acute hospitals--it's the law. the law does not apply to long-term care. pay is also high. average pay is $75,000 a year for an experienced nurse. depending on where you live in the state you can have any kind of climate you want from the desert to the ocean front to the mountain air.

What's wrong with AZ? I'm a student wanting to be an RN in AZ.

The Macon Georgia area burns nurses out quickly and the physicians are not nurse friendly. Coliseum Hospital is one of the worst.

NYC, but check the hospital first. Beth Israel, Kings County, and Methodist Hospitals are a good choice.

jlcole45

Specializes in ER, ICU, Education.

I'd start with choosing where you want to live, maybe the top 3 places, ones that offer a good quality of life, then start looking at the facilities.

bluesnurse

Specializes in Cardiology. Has 11 years experience.

North Carolina has some nurse-friendly hospitals with safe, professional work environments. Just be choosy and research well before you commit.

After 3 years here, I can attest that NC is a great place to live in terms of climate, cost of living, and job opportunities. BUT, all facilities are different, and I'll second the motion that you have to be picky and ask the hard questions before you accept anything.

Remember an interview goes both ways; if you ask a question about working conditions and get an answer that is unsatisfactory to you, you can and should WALK AWAY. Be polite and diplomatic, but I was offered a job before I even moved here and there is no way I would have kept my sanity (not to mention my license) under those conditions. The pay was great but not worth it, and I turned it down with no qualms.

Also -- I am not sure how much this is going on in other parts of the country, but here, a lot of megacorporations are swallowing up the smaller facilities. It recently happened in the practice where I work, and I'd chosen that job especially because it was a relatively small close-knit company. They changed our whole (very effective) management structure and now I'm counting the days till I can transfer out.

Personally, I'm all in favor of nursing unions and legally mandated ratios. I know CA has them; not sure about which other states do.

I wouldn't tell you to rule out NC; it has its advantages. But be very, very careful and feel free to pm me if you are considering the CLT metro area.

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