My husband is getting ready to retire from the military and we keep thinking of moving to Dothan. We've lived in the area several times and enjoyed both the beauty and cost-of-living. However, I've never worked for any of the area's hospitals and I was wondering if anyone could give me a gross approximation of what a nurse with approx 10 years' experience would be paid. I'm also curious to how long it generally takes to move to day shift? Looking at some of the web sites, it looks like many units work 8 hour shift and the openings are on 2nd or 3rd shifts. Are there many 12 hour shifts available? Are you satisfied with the working conditions? Do you feel that you are treated well. Any help would be appreciated as this is such a tremendous decision for us. Thank you very much.
May 13, '05
My husband is really leaning toward Dothan (after much talk of Michigan). In fact, he wants me to move there this summer
I'm excited, but very nervous. Does anyone have any idea how long it takes to get on days at any of the hospitals? Are we talking months to a year or many years? Do you self-schedule? If you work 12s, is full-time 3 12s per week or is it 3 shifts alternating with 4 shifts? MistyDreamer, thank you for the response. Is pay really that low? I make $25.71 now, but it is fairly expensive here (atleast housing). Does anyone have any suggestions of any southern cities with a relatively low cost of living that seem satisfactory job-wise? Also, does anyone know the different staffing ratios for different units? Or anything about the hospitals in Ozark and Enterprise?
Thank you all in advance. Feel free to PM me.
Last edit by military spouse on May 13, '05