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Old 01-05-2015, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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At Ieast with bugs, you can spray. But have you looked at the tax base and laws in Oregon? Can't spray for that.


I lived in Oregon, along the Columbia River and never noticed a mosquito problem. Maybe it was just me. Also, for what its worth, I never noticed a problem in North Dakota when I lived there.
She is from California and I am sure that even tho living in Oregon is not as cheap as living in North Dakota, it will still be cheaper than California. Not sure what Oregon laws you are referring to as I found them reasonable and I lived there 30 years. Now if you really want to experience taxes and laws, just move to Washington!! I can not wait to move out of there.
Also, even the local news paper in Fargo has a spot where they rate the severity of Mosquitoes which of course is during the right time of year for them. Lucky for you that you do not notice them but them you are in the minority for sure. Now if you do not mind applying lots of bugs spray, then you are good to go.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:56 PM
 
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I don't have time or patience to read the whole thread, so forgive any repetition. I am a doc in town. Every place has its drawbacks. Prairie is all about the greenbacks. They give great care if you have good insurance. Sanford is a machine that mints money. They tend to treat specialists like gods, primary care docs as slaves, and nonmedical types as cogs. Nurses, I can't speak of, though. The VA has great benefits, caring staff, and management that does unexplainable things that will drive you bonkers. As I've said for years (I work there), things get better glacially but worse overnight. So I can give only a so-so endorsement.

I am from a megalopolis out east, and I find Fargo to have adequate entertainments. It is, in its core, a small town, though. It takes a while to make friends while everyone being very nice. The state is remarkable in that everyone is maybe two degrees of separation from the governor, etc. Everyone knows someone who knows the governor. My doc is our ex-congressman's wife. There are no secrets.

Finally, it's cold. Unimaginably cold. Not Alaska cold, but dang close. You dress for it, you adjust, but you never love it. I used to say that it kept the riff-raff out, but no more. The oil patch has introduced crime on a par with most of the US. I still feel safe most all the time, but you lock your doors now.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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I don't have time or patience to read the whole thread, so forgive any repetition. I am a doc in town. Every place has its drawbacks. Prairie is all about the greenbacks. They give great care if you have good insurance. Sanford is a machine that mints money. They tend to treat specialists like gods, primary care docs as slaves, and nonmedical types as cogs. Nurses, I can't speak of, though. The VA has great benefits, caring staff, and management that does unexplainable things that will drive you bonkers. As I've said for years (I work there), things get better glacially but worse overnight. So I can give only a so-so endorsement.

I am from a megalopolis out east, and I find Fargo to have adequate entertainments. It is, in its core, a small town, though. It takes a while to make friends while everyone being very nice. The state is remarkable in that everyone is maybe two degrees of separation from the governor, etc. Everyone knows someone who knows the governor. My doc is our ex-congressman's wife. There are no secrets.

Finally, it's cold. Unimaginably cold. Not Alaska cold, but dang close. You dress for it, you adjust, but you never love it. I used to say that it kept the riff-raff out, but no more. The oil patch has introduced crime on a par with most of the US. I still feel safe most all the time, but you lock your doors now.
I love it. You are so right on. Refreshingly honest!!
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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Thank you, Local Man! I did imagine there would be that small town feeling of....everyone knowing someone in some way. It can be good and can be bad.

I HAVE read that Sanford is a big corporation that doesn't care too much for their employees, but they say nurses have it just a teeny weeny bit better; they have room for some advancement, but other employees could work for years and still don't get a raise.

My apartment keys in Fargo are now ready to pick up. Unfortunately, going to Fargo is still up in the air.... no one here at home wants me to go because they love me, of course. We are all hoping for a job here in Los Angeles. Still applying to other states too. Fargo just happened to be the employers that offered me the job quickest.
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:17 PM
 
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Thank you, Local Man! I did imagine there would be that small town feeling of....everyone knowing someone in some way. It can be good and can be bad.

I HAVE read that Sanford is a big corporation that doesn't care too much for their employees, but they say nurses have it just a teeny weeny bit better; they have room for some advancement, but other employees could work for years and still don't get a raise.

My apartment keys in Fargo are now ready to pick up. Unfortunately, going to Fargo is still up in the air.... no one here at home wants me to go because they love me, of course. We are all hoping for a job here in Los Angeles. Still applying to other states too. Fargo just happened to be the employers that offered me the job quickest.
Don't worry about what your family wants. Do what your heart is tugging you to do. There will.always be people in your life giving direction. Those directions and advice might be right for them but wrong for you.
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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Thank you, Local Man! I did imagine there would be that small town feeling of....everyone knowing someone in some way. It can be good and can be bad.

I HAVE read that Sanford is a big corporation that doesn't care too much for their employees, but they say nurses have it just a teeny weeny bit better; they have room for some advancement, but other employees could work for years and still don't get a raise.

My apartment keys in Fargo are now ready to pick up. Unfortunately, going to Fargo is still up in the air.... no one here at home wants me to go because they love me, of course. We are all hoping for a job here in Los Angeles. Still applying to other states too. Fargo just happened to be the employers that offered me the job quickest.
I agree that you should do what your heart tells you to do but at the same time you need to do what is best for you---a new nurse needs all the support and caring she can get and if you are reading that a place treats people not so kind, then I might think twice about it====I so remember my first year and it was so important to have caring and support and not to be thrown to the wolves so to speak----I was so scared to death and thank god for all the supportive and caring nurses that took me under their wing and helped me a lot and even alot of Drs were very patient and helpful. I do not think I will ever forget my first couple years---when what you do affects someones quality of life==wow==also do not kid your self, you will make mistakes as everyone does. I truly wish you the best in whatever you decide and where ever you go. Being a nurse is not easy and not at all glamours or easy.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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So far, not a single word from any employers in my home state of California. What is important is that I start my nursing career as soon as possible. Fargo is right now the best option for me. Wyoming has offered me a job, but it is psychiatric nursing, and that isn't the best specialty to start my first job with. I actually have two job offers in Fargo from two different hospitals, Sanford and Prairie St John's. I notice the hosptials here are very quick to offer me a job, which is good for me.

So, it looks like I will be in Fargo in about a week or so. I have started preparing for my move last night. I am making sure to buy the heaviest duty thermals I can find before I take off!

Things are going to be hard in this completely new life for me, but I am ready to tackle it on!

Any advice you have for me before I land in Fargo?
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:24 PM
 
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So far, not a single word from any employers in my home state of California. What is important is that I start my nursing career as soon as possible. Fargo is right now the best option for me. Wyoming has offered me a job, but it is psychiatric nursing, and that isn't the best specialty to start my first job with. I actually have two job offers in Fargo from two different hospitals, Sanford and Prairie St John's. I notice the hosptials here are very quick to offer me a job, which is good for me.

So, it looks like I will be in Fargo in about a week or so. I have started preparing for my move last night. I am making sure to buy the heaviest duty thermals I can find before I take off!

Things are going to be hard in this completely new life for me, but I am ready to tackle it on!

Any advice you have for me before I land in Fargo?
Is this an interview flight, or is it the move?
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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So far, not a single word from any employers in my home state of California. What is important is that I start my nursing career as soon as possible. Fargo is right now the best option for me. Wyoming has offered me a job, but it is psychiatric nursing, and that isn't the best specialty to start my first job with. I actually have two job offers in Fargo from two different hospitals, Sanford and Prairie St John's. I notice the hosptials here are very quick to offer me a job, which is good for me.

So, it looks like I will be in Fargo in about a week or so. I have started preparing for my move last night. I am making sure to buy the heaviest duty thermals I can find before I take off!

Things are going to be hard in this completely new life for me, but I am ready to tackle it on!

Any advice you have for me before I land in Fargo?
Best of luck to you and just remember that most people in Fargo are your basic type and can be very kind and helpful so do not be afraid to ask any questions you might have and let us know how you are doing and about your adventures.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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The best advice I can give you is, don't buy any thermals until you get there. Unless you do so online. Its highly doubtful that you will find thermals that are even close to the quality and warmth of thermals you will find in North Dakota. You can get by long enough to find what you need when you get there. Where I live, it was 5 degrees this morning. In shorts and T-shirt, I went out and shoveled snow, cleaned my vehicle windows and come back in. When I did go out to get chores done, I wore a Levi shirt and hoodie, and blue jeans. BUT, I had on good gloves, boots, and a hat. I was fine.

Good luck!
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