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Old 01-05-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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My husband and I (and 4 kids) have the opportunity to move to La Crosse. However, I am a nurse (8yrs) and surprisingly can not find a job in either of the hospitals there. Is this the way it always is in La Crosse (No RN jobs) or is it a result of the recession? Do RN positions typically tend to come in waves or not? Am I going to be waiting a long time and competing with new grads? I am an OB RN and it is a hard area to get a job in anyways, but what are my chances in La Crosse?

I have lived in WI most of my life, but have never been to La Crosse. Is it worth moving there without a job? My husband has the opportunity to increase his income by $20,000 but essentially we would be losing $20,000 without me being able to work. We made 91,000 in 2008 and he would make $70,000 at his new job, but without my income I'm afraid we can't afford a nice home. Realistically can we buy a 4 br. home, 2 bath in a family oriented area with good schools? Am I asking for too much???

Any help or advice would greatly be appreciated
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Germantown, WI
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I don't know where you live now in Wisconsin but before you make the move check on the property taxes as I've found they are pretty high in La Crosse - just a thought. However, La Crosse is a great place but even better if you have employment. Good luck in whatever choice you make!
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Carthage, MO
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Have you checked with the state? Go to wijobs. The DOC has openings at various locations and other state agencies will be listed there as well. I 'm an RN at one of the prisons. I work mon-fri, our benefits and retirement packages are great and the pay scale is good too.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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My husband and I (and 4 kids) have the opportunity to move to La Crosse. However, I am a nurse (8yrs) and surprisingly can not find a job in either of the hospitals there. Is this the way it always is in La Crosse (No RN jobs) or is it a result of the recession? Do RN positions typically tend to come in waves or not?


The VA Hospital in Tomah is 45 miles to the east and many of our employees used to commute from there. It is Interstate highway all the way. Watch for deer. Thick as rabbits there. You might try applying there. They usually were hiring RN's all the time. Surprising that LaX has nothing with Gundersen, etc. clinics there, but things change.

Oops, sorry, I did not notice your specialty in OB, which would not likely be of use at the VA. Anyway, check Winona, MN too. It is upriver from LaX.

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Old 01-09-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Carthage, MO
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The local library will also post a list of state job openings, so you might find something there. The VA jobs mentioned will be on there or at wijobs. I know there are several RN positions open throughout the state. There may be something close to where you want to live.
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Texas
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One of my licenses is an RN. I suggest you check agencies, many states will provide funds for families to have home pediatric nursing care for ill or medically dependent children. This is a plus for the child who get care and can stay at home, and a good opportunity for a caring nurse.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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Winona, MN is 30 miles upriver from LaX. I suggest you check the website of Winona Health. They have openings for RNs. Don't know if you qualify, but you might want to check it out. Also check out other nearby local Minnesota and Iowa smaller hospitals. For example, there appear to he hospitals in Decorah, Iowa 55 miles away, Waukon, Iowa 50 miles away, and a smaller health care center in Caledonia, MN 25 miles from LaX. Their size and whether there are openings I do not know, but you might want to check them out. Those commutes in that area are manageable but inconvenient. We had daily commutes at Tomah from LaX, Reedsburg, etc. of that approximate distance. A job in one of the places might tide you over till something opens up in LaX.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:56 PM
 
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P.S. Yes LaX is a great place. I even thought of retiring there, but could not take the Wisconsin cold and moved south. The weather is the ONLY reason, because Wisconsin has a good quality of life. Any of those towns like La Crosse, Appleton, Sheboygan, Oshkosh, Wausau, Eau Claire are good places to live and raise a family.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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It appears there is a website, perhaps you are aware of it, that locates hospital jobs. You can specify the Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota area, I assume, and perhaps even within x miles of LaX. it is at allhospitaljobs.com. Sparta, 30 miles east, and Tomah, 45 miles east also had community hospitals, but they I believe they might be affiliated with the larger clinics based in LaX or with Mayo Clinic.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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My husband and I (and 4 kids) have the opportunity to move to La Crosse. However, I am a nurse (8yrs) and surprisingly can not find a job in either of the hospitals there. Is this the way it always is in La Crosse (No RN jobs) or is it a result of the recession? Do RN positions typically tend to come in waves or not? Am I going to be waiting a long time and competing with new grads? I am an OB RN and it is a hard area to get a job in anyways, but what are my chances in La Crosse?

I have lived in WI most of my life, but have never been to La Crosse. Is it worth moving there without a job? My husband has the opportunity to increase his income by $20,000 but essentially we would be losing $20,000 without me being able to work. We made 91,000 in 2008 and he would make $70,000 at his new job, but without my income I'm afraid we can't afford a nice home. Realistically can we buy a 4 br. home, 2 bath in a family oriented area with good schools? Am I asking for too much???

Any help or advice would greatly be appreciated
Tax rates are generally higher in the city of La Crosse. I always recommend either Onalaska, Holmen or West Salem.

Check Logistics Health Incorporated website. They hire RN's for Quality Assurance positions, could be something to hold you over until a position opens at St. Francis or GL.

Last edited by turkpbr; 01-11-2010 at 10:55 PM.. Reason: spelling
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