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Old 08-30-2007, 04:08 PM
 
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I have a few questions for anyone willing to give some advice. I am an RN and am looking to relocate in the next year or two. I am very interested in Montana and could use some help on where to find some good information. I prefer to work in an ER in a mid sized hospitals but like living in a small town. For example I work in a town of about 25,000 but drive a good distance so I can live in my little town of about 2,500. I am maried and my wife and I have 5 children, I like the small town life where we can raise our family but also want to stay busy at work. Does anyone have any recomendations on some locations that I could look into.
I am also interested in what the cost of living would be, as well as RN wages. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:55 PM
 
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Livingston has a hospital. Our population is around 8000.

Hospital has about 12 doctors and 25 rooms LOL.. it's small.. (i should know i work there)
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Old 08-30-2007, 06:05 PM
 
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You could live in the country around Kalispell and commute in. Or do what I did once and live in Stevensville and commute to Missoula. Live in Livingston and commute to Bozeman. Missoula's ERs are usually pretty busy. With 5 years nursing experience I was just below $23/hour on days. Depending on where you are now, expect quite the wage cut coming to MT. But it's worth it!
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:19 PM
 
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she wouldn't need to commute to Bozeman for work liiving in Livingston.

We have a hospital and 2 clinics (and growing). LMH is contracting with Billings Deaconess Hospital. In a few years we will be moving to a larger tract of land for bigger buildings (we have outgrown all of ours. LMH actually owns 6 houses next to the hospital and that is hwere they put all the admin, IT, HR etc at)

Livingston has quite a few houses for sale as well.
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:36 PM
 
Location: City of the damned, Wash
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Do you have student loans? My SIL RN'ed in Libby. In exchange for her 2-year commitment there, her loans were forgiven or paid (can't remember which). That's because the small towns have such a tough time recruiting/retaining RNs.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:02 PM
 
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she wouldn't need to commute to Bozeman for work liiving in Livingston.
Well she mentioned wanting to work in a mid-sized city ER which probably has more going on than small town ERs. Though I was told Polson saw 750 people in their ER in one month so who knows! Tourists maybe.
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Old 09-02-2007, 06:35 PM
 
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Well she mentioned wanting to work in a mid-sized city ER which probably has more going on than small town ERs. Though I was told Polson saw 750 people in their ER in one month so who knows! Tourists maybe.

I don't work IN the hospital but in one of the clinics but our hospital and clinics are used by all the surrounding towns as well (Gardiner, Big Timber, White Sulpher Springs etc). So they do get a lot of activity
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:26 PM
 
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We have 2 hospitals in Billings, which is the medical "hub" of the SE Montana/N. Wyoming area. Billings itself has a little over 100,000 people, but there are small towns within a 20 minute drive of the hospital that would be nice to raise a family in and the cost of living is a bit lower than in Billings (housing, that is). Billings is the largest "city" in Montana and the 2 hospitals are good, from what I know. I know some RN's who make about $30/hour. The ER's both seem to keep pretty busy. You can look up the websites for Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare and find out more. I live and teach middle school in Laurel, which is a 20 minute drive to the hospitals (15 miles on the interstate). If you have kids in grades 5-8 we just opened the brand new middle school last week. I myself like the small town living but the conveniences of being close to Billings. I hope this helps. Best of luck to you and your family!!!
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:25 PM
 
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Thank you very much for all of your feedback! I am really looking forward to moving and hope to make some trips next summer when the kids get out of school.
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:01 AM
 
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