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Old 03-11-2019, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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So I have decided it's probably best for me to get going outta here, but I am nervous about it. I have been in NY state now for 3 years, about half spent in upstate and a little more than half spent in NYC. When I first came into the city I was 22 and just out of an abusive relationship. I moved here all the way from my home state of TN to start over and not be around anyone who had dirt on me.

I don't regret moving here one bit. While here, I got a free LPN education, have a small savings account and got out of homelessness. But now I feel that it's time for me to leave. I've become since jaded and as of recent have turned into a snippy person, which is both frightening and saddening for me. I am usually a nice, laid back person. I went to visit Miami days ago and while there I was my old self again. I also felt I was at home. I actually wanted to stay down there and was even sad when I had to come back here. And the strange thing, things have been getting much worse since I came back.

Employment wise, it's killing me. I am pretty much over the 2 hour subway commute from the Bronx to Brooklyn given that most of my clients {I work in home health} live there. I've had several cases in a row blow up in my face and as a result work and money has not been steady. I've also had a client 'stolen' from me by another nurse on one of the cases close to home which pissed me off a bit.

There really aren't any options with me being an LPN. The nursing homes didn't work out for me and while there are hospitals hiring LPNs, I really don't think that would be a good option for me.

I've reached a breaking point now because I am facing the possibility of working with 2 different home health nursing agencies just to make ends meet. And the best part...I may be able to recover hours, but now I won't be getting overtime pay. I also have no benefits, no health insurance, no vacations time, nada. The weather is also starting to get to me as well. I've gotten a really nasty case of SAD during the winter. Going to Miami instantly fixed it.

I'm in the process of waiting for a temporary license from WA state. While I understand they also have long, grey winters, I think I'll just end up spending the winter in Florida since the visit went so well.

I am very anxious about this move but I no longer have a desire to stay here. NY feels both like home and hell to me at the same time. I am looking to be outta here by September at the latest but the way things are going, I may end up moving sometime in the summer.

I want to pay off my student loans, have my own apartment, a car and just be somewhere where people aren't obsessed about working.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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Just be glad for the experience, I guess...

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Old 03-11-2019, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Earth
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good luck
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:15 AM
 
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Why not move to Miami if you liked it a lot and felt like yourself there?
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:14 AM
 
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Yeah most LPNs live with 5 roommates or at home with family. Hell many RNs I know still have to live at home for a while. If I worked in health care I would not be keen on living here. High(er) stress, long(er) commute and more competition as you've experienced.

Leave and don't look back (and don't move to SoCal!!!)
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Haha so true. I don't live with that many roommates but it's ridiculous out here. Even though it hasn't affected me directly I think things have been getting worse since that minimum wage increase. I am starting to see the well rub dry in terms of opportunities.

I am still willing to give healthcare a try just somewhere else. So many nurses I know are working 2 jobs. The main thing stopping me from moving right now is that I have to wait until I get my license transferred so I have a job.

I'm not sure about moving to Miami permanently. I wanna be sure I am not looking at it with rose-colored glasses. But I know there is a definite difference between how I was when I initially came here vs when I initially csme to Miami. Miami was a lot easier to navigate even if you do need a car (outside of Miami beach anyway). They have a bus system but it isn't ideal. However the routes and reach are still much better than what I had in my TN hometown.

I definitely won't move to SoCal even though the weather is more my cup of tea. But I'm finding Miami actually gets hotter than SoCal. And plus you need a car to be in SoCal which adds to the expense.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:04 PM
 
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Both Philadelphia and Chicago are far cheaper cities COL wise and still offer many of the same urban conveniences and amenities as NYC. I wish you the best of luck!

Edit: If you're looking for warmer weather, have you thought about Texas?
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Earth
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go philly
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I thought about Philly but I can't transfer my LPN license vecause I don't yet have 9 months experience. It's the only place that I've seen requires that much experience to transfer your license. Plus the process of transferring takes a couple months and I'd like to start on it early. Chicago is too cold. Texas is too hot and humid during the summer (like a lot of places in the south).

I've already started the process of transferring my license over to Wa and so far the process is happening quickly. If I wanted to add another state for getting an LPN license it would take about another 200 dollars to do so. Not that I can't afford it but I don't want to keep applying and paying $200 dollars so quickly after already committing to a state.

I am strongly considering being in Florida for some of the year since the weather is good and it is cheap (for me it was)
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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and just be somewhere where people aren't obsessed about working.
You probably would not like Virginia.
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