Working conditions/pay in SE Alabama

  1. Hello everyone,
    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.
    Erin
    jebarlund@juno.com
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  3. by   MistyDreamer
    Quote from military spouse
    Hello everyone,
    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.
    Erin
    jebarlund@juno.com
    I have worked in both of Dothan's hospitals and they are about equal as far as pay goes. Both have a RN starting salary of $15 and they do give credit for experience. You should be looking at a starting salary of around $17-$19. (Just an estimate!!!) As for shifts, both hospitals have 8 and 12 hour shifts. Getting on to days would be easier at the medical center as it is a larger hospital. SEAMC also has alot of satellite clinics and services. Incurance wise, the medical center has better insurance whereas Flowers has a better retirement. I hope this has helped. Dothan is a nice place to live. We just bought a house here, so I guess we will be here for awhile.
  4. by   military spouse
    Thank you so much for your reply. It is very helpful!!!!!!!! We just don't know what to do after he retires from the Army and we keep thinking about Dothan!!!!!!! Your info is very helpful!!!!!
    Erin
  5. by   military spouse
    Hello everyone,
    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 $25.71 now, but it is fairly expensive here (atleast housing). Does anyone have any suggestions of any southern cities with a relatively low cost of living that seem satisfactory job-wise? Also, does anyone know the different staffing ratios for different units? Or anything about the hospitals in Ozark and Enterprise?
    Thank you all in advance. Feel free to PM me.
    Last edit by military spouse on May 13, '05
  6. by   Meerkat
    I am so disillusioned with the wages here. Is there no nursing shortage here or what? 15-16$/hr ??? The cost of living here isn't THAT cheap!
  7. by   dosamigos76
    My mother lives in Dothan and would like us to move there. We currently live in New Mexico and I thought our wages were low. I make $13 as a LPN with $3 nights and an additional $3 weekend diff... I'll graduate this December with my RN and base pay is around $19.....
    I honestly can't believe that the pay is that low in Dothan! What a joke! Not to offend anyone, but that is unbelievable pay.
  8. by   outkastinme
    Quote from Meerkat
    I am so disillusioned with the wages here. Is there no nursing shortage here or what? 15-16$/hr ??? The cost of living here isn't THAT cheap!
    Which is exactly why when I graduate in May of 2007, I plan on moving out of the state of Alabama. The pay is awful in my opinion! I live in the Montgomery area and I've been told by other RNs that the pay here is what you guys are saying it is for Dothan. And you're right, the cost of living here isn't THAT cheap!
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    My younger daughter, who's stationed at the Army base near Dothan and loves it there, said to me when I first told her we were considering moving somewhere southward, "Mom, it's beautiful here, but you'd never make it on what they pay people." Her boyfriend's sister is a relatively new nurse at one of the hospitals there (I forget the name of it) and she's making something like $16.50/hr.

    I haven't worked for that in a dog's age.....think I'll stick with my almost-$30/hr job until we head for Arizona in a few years.
  10. by   military spouse
    Wow! That is so scary! However, the houses for less than $150,000 are very beautiful. In Sierra Vista, AZ a nice house starts at about $250,000 and goes up.

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