Although I have only been living in north Alabama for 2 years, I can tell you it's the worst market for nurses. Upon arrival, I obtained a job at the local hospital, which by the way, doesn't believe in evidenced based practice. They proceeded to tell me after my 2 years of experience and ACLS AND PALS they could only pay me 16.46/hr. I came from a teaching hospital in a major metropolitan area. I had more experience than the house supervisor, which had been in this little town her whole life. I wanted to be close to home so i accepted the job. I only trained there a month. they wanted to give me 2 IAAP pts at the same time, which is not standard practice. This hospital is under major debt and hopefully will be bought out in the next couple of years.
I just can't stand the thought of me working so hard to become the competent nurse I am, I study on my days off, and work somewhere I'm not supported. The unit manager told me she didnt want someone with a bachelor's because she was afraid they would leave and go to anesthesia school. Who would try to "dumb down" they're staff like that? I now have to drive a tremendous distance just to work somewhere that gives a flip about they're staff and wants them to accel. It's pitiful here, in northwest AL. do you guys know of ANY good job?
Nov 18, '09
So where are you working now?
Nov 19, '09
Nov 24, '09
I work at Marshall Medical Center North in Guntersville. We are an 86 bed county owned hospital in North Alabama and I am very happy. Starting pay was several dollars per hour more than you quoted. We not only believe in evidence based care, but have a strong commitment to professional development. This is demonstrated by our student loan program along with our loan forgiveness program, which rewards employees for staying here after they earn their degrees. Our patient satisfaction improvement programs are making a huge difference in our scores. We are paid quarterly bonuses based on our efforts at improving efficiency, quality, and satisfaction. The hospital matches part of our retirement contributions, and because our management plans not just for next year, but 5 and 10 years down the road, we are financially sound and able to provide reasonable annual raises. We are also able to grow with our community needs. I'm sorry you are having a bad experience. Just wanted share that not all North Alabama hospitals are as yours. My hospital is far from perfect, but our commitment to excellence begins at the top and trickles all the way down through the ranks. We get better every day, and after 8 years here I still look forward to going to work every day (well... almost every day).