Come to Santa Barbara, California! Absolutely the most beautiful place in the world to live. Temperatures in the 60-70s year round, no humidity, no mosquitos, no harsh winters, just ocean breezes, surrounded by mountains. Local hospital nurses just recieved a decent pay raise due to some union threat. Good benefits, including tuition reimbursement, relocation expenses, sign-on bonus, mortgage and rental assistance. Just poured lots of money into the local Community College nursing programs
. One of the best community colleges in the country and it is right on the ocean. Hospital also has an inhouse BSN program. Check-out the Cottage Health Systems Website! The cost of living is high here, but you adjust. I moved here from Wisconsin about 14 years ago. You will never want to leave. People are very nice and you get to rub elbows with the rich and famous. It's about 2 hours from LA, 5 hours from San Fran, 4 hours from San Diego and Las Vegas. Also, we have the first nurse-patient ratio bill in the country that goes into effect Jan, 2002. Have I convinced you yet?