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Patti5034
(@Patti5034)
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Hi, my husband and I have been thinking of moving to one of the islands for some time. My biggest fear is that I won't be able to find work. Does anyone have any insight into possible mental health/ psychiatric/ substance abuse jobs for RN's? Also, my husband is a master carpenter. He has had his own business for 20 years doing anything from remodeling to building homes from the ground up. I'm assuming he would be able to find a job quite easily, however I wonder about the pay rate versus the cost of living there with our 2 teenagers.

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Posted : December 17, 2017 1:07 pm
NorthsideKevin
(@NorthsideKevin)
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Oooo. Finish with "2 teenagers." Not a great idea. Public schools are terrible, high schools the worst, and private schools start at around $20K or better a year per kid. When you move to somewhere where every visitor is "on vacation" and partying, things can go sideways rapidly. We did it, and a kid who still remains fairly responsible, after we sent him back to the States, he changed from helpful, attentive, always responsible, goals, etc., to limin' more often than not.

If you can stand on them and control them, might be O.K., but a whole 'nother thought process occurs in the V.I. over time.

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Posted : December 17, 2017 1:57 pm
Scubadoo
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Start doing your PMVs and wait a few years for the kids to graduate before moving. Lot's of old threads on the forum hear about lower wages and higher cost of living here but of course that is all relative to where you are coming from and what your lifestyle expectations are.

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Posted : December 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Patti5034
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Probably a dumb question but what does PMV mean? Thanks for your advice. I keep going back and forth on the thought to move move. I probably will end up waiting for them to graduate.

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Posted : December 17, 2017 2:41 pm
Patti5034
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I'm thinking your right about the kids. I'll probably weigh her.

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Posted : December 17, 2017 2:44 pm
Afriend
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Probably a dumb question but what does PMV mean? Thanks for your advice. I keep going back and forth on the thought to move move. I probably will end up waiting for them to graduate.

PMV = Pre-Move Visit. It is always recommended you make one or more PMV’s to get a feel for what island life is really like. Come not as a tourist doing “vacation things” but rather stay for several weeks or perhaps a month or two in a housekeeping unit not a hotel or resort. Do everyday chores like grocery shopping, paying utility bills, banking, laundry, household chores, yard work, etc. - all of the same day to day things you now do “back home” as that’s what you’ll be doing if you move to the islands. It IS NOT all palm trees and pina coloadas. Life here has it’s own set of challenges and you have to find out for yourself how they will affect your life. Compared to most places on the mainland Cost of living is high and wages are low. That’s the Catch-22 of island life.

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Posted : December 17, 2017 3:43 pm
Patti5034
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Lol. I wrote that when I was half asleep. I guess I was trying to say I will probably end up waiting until the kids graduate.

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Posted : December 17, 2017 9:59 pm
rosesisland
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It's also highly recommended that you rent for a year or two. Each island is different with its own culture. As is different areas of one island are different. Having lived here on STX, twice, since 1995, with break in between, I'm still not sure of what area I'd like to buy!

Island living is a dream for many and a nightmare for some!

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Posted : December 18, 2017 9:14 am
STTsailor
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What culture?

Culture of slackers? 20% unemployment. 30% on gov assistance and 10% working for gov which is a form of assistance as most are redundant. Utopia on federal dime.

This is a nice playground for mainland retirees with assets. Trying to work here is more about fitting in with local slackers than actual work. Of course if you Mother Teresa type you can go from house to house and try pro bono.

Plenty of challenges in mental health here. Not sure about substance abuse as most people either drink or smoke weed or both. I would consider it part of the so called culture. I do not think anybody is looking into recovery. First step to recovery would be moving off island. Nobody is looking into changing the culture. It’s happy go lucky here and high as a kite.

Just trying to be realistic. Also consider 100 days and counting without power in the tropics.

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Posted : December 18, 2017 12:56 pm
vicanuck
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This is a nice playground for mainland retirees with assets.

Its not even that anymore.

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Posted : December 18, 2017 3:05 pm
islandjoan
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STTSailor, stop being such a downer. Geez. Lots of good people here making a difference, working jobs, NOT abusing alcohol or drugs. Myself included.

You know, "your mileage may vary"

Lots of different stories here, they don't all fit your negative description.

I know lots of things suck more now, but look on the positive side.

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Posted : December 18, 2017 4:01 pm
Gator's Mom
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STTSailor - May be time for a vacation off the rock. Is your boat still above water?

STTSailor, stop being such a downer. Geez. Lots of good people here making a difference, working jobs, NOT abusing alcohol or drugs. Myself included.

You know, "your mileage may vary"

Lots of different stories here, they don't all fit your negative description.

I know lots of things suck more now, but look on the positive side.

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Posted : December 18, 2017 4:13 pm
STTsailor
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STTSailor - May be time for a vacation off the rock. Is your boat still above water?

STTSailor, stop being such a downer. Geez. Lots of good people here making a difference, working jobs, NOT abusing alcohol or drugs. Myself included.

You know, "your mileage may vary"

Lots of different stories here, they don't all fit your negative description.

I know lots of things suck more now, but look on the positive side.

You recommend I follow your steps?

It will take two years to float that boat I was told by the yard. But that is besides the point.

I suggest to OP to come and visit for a month. Find out how you feel without electricity, challenge yourself to fixing generator, hunt for spare parts. Do it all while you keep working your day job.

Yeah nature is great here, love the ocean, clear water. Come here to spend money. Living here and working here is for selected few optimists.

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Posted : December 18, 2017 8:36 pm
East Ender
(@east-ender)
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Patti: There are problems with mental health services here.On St Thomas, there is one long term care facility and it is always full, with a long waiting list. There is a small acute care unit in the hospital. Interestingly, with the substance abuse issues, there is only one rehab program, and it on on St Croix.There are people doing good work,but often under very difficult conditions. A visit before you move is really recommended, whether you call it a PMV or not.;)

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Posted : December 18, 2017 10:32 pm
islandjoan
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I am actually a pessimist by nature but have been working on changing my default setting. It really does help to focus on the positives in one's life.

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Posted : December 18, 2017 11:11 pm
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