I have been working as a RN in Florida for the past couple years, and in general my nursing experience can be described as a 3/10, not good. I have spent the last year on a Surgical/Trauma/Medical unit that I am not so fond of.
But now I am trying to plan for after my lease ends in Aug/ maybe early 2013 relocation if possible.
I want to know what hospitals are unionized and what they are like. I think I might want to try ICU next but am not a 100% sure yet. If you know of any outstanding units I am open to listening.
I think I am interested in mid to northern California, but I just don't know that much about the state (after all its about as far from Florida as you can get).
I would like to know culture (i.e. are they pt.first forget the nurses kind of places). I know there are set ratios, but I am not sure what they are. I would also like to know what kind of axillary staff support there is. (like is the CNA assigned a ridiculous ratio making them useless). Also things like lift teams and relief nurses are important.
the hospital I am at now just takes 30 minutes from your clock in time and says it gave you a break (they tell you to hand off your beeper like 1 nurse can watch 2 patient loads, and will then come interrupt your 'break' to tell you to go do pt. care).
So tell me the good ones/bad ones. Also I concerned about bully administration /managers. I have no desire to start on a unit again just to find out the manager is a mini 5 y.o. inside.
So please help your fellow nurse out. I am looking for something better. Let me know if you found it.
Pay scales would be nice as well. I am currently working on my 3 year of experience, so an example would be great.
If someone has asked before pls forgive the repetition, I didn't find it yet. Thanks.