Montgomery anyone???

  1. I live in Prattville and work in Montgomery. Any other nurses in the area?

    Cheryl
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  3. by   nursiestudent
    My husband is stationed at Maxwell AFB! I am in Daphne finishing up my degree (darn military moved us before I finished the nursing program and USA is the ONLY school in Alabama that would take my nursing credits).

    Anyway, I graduate in July, and will be looking to work in Montgomery. Any tips? Do you know what the average starting salary range is for a new grad in Montgomery?
  4. by   nightangel99
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  5. by   nightangel99
    I work in Montgomery...just started 4 weeks ago. I love my job so far....What do you do (Cheryl) in Montgomery exactly? I live in DOTHAN....I know, I know, I must be crazy... let's just say I'm compensated well...
  6. by   dosamigos76
    I'm a Hospice RN Case Manager for Vista Care and absolutely LOVE it. Funny thing is when we moved to Alabama from New Mexico, we moved to Dothan because that is where my Mom lives. I worked at SEAMC to two weeks and knew that the ratios weren't for me, so I commuted from Midland City to Montogery for about 6 weeks.
    So where do you work?

    Cheryl
  7. by   nightangel99
    I work at Baptist South, in the ER as a staff nurse. I worked at SAMC for 7 years. Started there as a new grad in the ER and ended up being a charge nurse most of my time there.. did a few months in the ICU there. The ratios were never an issue for me....what part of the hospital did you work in? I agree the floor ratios are ridiculous. At times the staffing there is ridiculous as well. They also don't pay very well...they are very close minded when it comes to pay, and the only competition they feel they have as far as salary goes is with the the hospital across town (Flowers). THey need to come up to speed.
  8. by   dosamigos76
    I worked on the Surgical/Ortho floor....well for two shifts. I had worked in New Mexico on our Surgical/Ortho floor and LOVED it, but the ratio's were too much for me. They wanted me to start out at charge, and the charge the night before had 11 patients too...........uh, I don't think so buddy. The people were nice, but I don't chose to work under those conditions. In New Mexico, we NEVER had more than 8 patients.....usually no more than 7!!!!! If we had more patients coming, we would either float a nurse over or go on diversion.......Ortho patients are labor intensive.
  9. by   nightangel99
    UGH.... I don't blame you there. I personally have never worked a nursing floor and have even gone as far as having a nightmare about working the floor....I had a dream that by the time the lunch trays came out, I was so far behind that the breakfast trays were still sitting in the hallway!!! All of my patients were angry at me and the CEO came to the floor to ream me out, docs were on the phone complaining and yelling at me....then I woke up and realized how grateful I was not to work on the floor...I think it takes a special person to work on the floor, or to be a nurse in general, I spose....

    Glad you are liking the new job, though. Sometimes a good job is worth driving out of town for!
  10. by   AlabamaRN(ER)
    Hey ER4Life! I work in the ER at Baptist East! How long have you worked at South? I've considered going over there PRN, but I'm worried that I can't handle all that TRAUMA they get! What is it like over there?
  11. by   military spouse
    Quote from dosamigos76
    I'm a Hospice RN Case Manager for Vista Care and absolutely LOVE it. Funny thing is when we moved to Alabama from New Mexico, we moved to Dothan because that is where my Mom lives. I worked at SEAMC to two weeks and knew that the ratios weren't for me, so I commuted from Midland City to Montogery for about 6 weeks.
    So where do you work?

    Cheryl

    Hi Cheryl,
    I'm glad to hear that you are doing well. I've thought of you and used your story (NM to Dothan, AL) as a deterrent to moving back to Dothan. I still do get tempted, but I remember your other posts about the working conditions and ratios. I still get tempted sometimes because of the COL, but the wages seem so low. Are you glad that you left NM? I got spoiled living in El Paso, TX and then AZ with regards to wages and working conditions. I talked to my hubby about Huntsville, AL just the other day after I finished our state and local income taxes in PA. I had NEVER paid a local income tax before.:chuckle
    Erin
  12. by   healingtouchRN
    I am at BMC South in Montgomery as well. I work in PACU & really enjoy it. Best job at Baptist! I've been in the system 18 years. Started at the Downtown hospital, then transferred to East then came to South in 2002.

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