Florida VA - Bay Pines or Tampa?

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    Hi there. I'm moving to the Clearwater area and will be transferring to a VA there. I work in a combination MICU/SICU now in a fabulous VA (magnet and beacon). Any opinions on which of these two VAs I should transfer to? I am willing to try other critical care specialties if necessary but I don't want to work at a miserable place. I see Tampa is magnet and I'm willing to drive if its a better place to work but Bay Pines is closer and has more openings.

    Any advice is appreciated.
    Also, I'm Nurse II/5 - any idea what I would be making there?

    Thanks!
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    Chica, let me know which you pick and how you like it! I keep looking longingly at the new Orlando VA...I grew up in Florida and want to go back home so badly
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    Hi there. I'm moving to the Clearwater area and will be transferring to a VA there. I work in a combination MICU/SICU now in a fabulous VA (magnet and beacon). Any opinions on which of these two VAs I should transfer to? I am willing to try other critical care specialties if necessary but I don't want to work at a miserable place. I see Tampa is magnet and I'm willing to drive if its a better place to work but Bay Pines is closer and has more openings.

    Any advice is appreciated.
    Also, I'm Nurse II/5 - any idea what I would be making there?

    Thanks!
    Chica,

    I've been a patient at both Bay Pines (nr Clearwater) and James A. Haley (Tampa)....spinal cancer. Operations done at BP and SCI rehab done at JAH.....2008
    Bay Pines has a new administrator coming onboard with a host of administrative problems to solve. My observation was that the staff didn't seem to be very upbeat and seemed to be somewhat intolerant of patient individuality. Somewhat regimented.
    JAH seems from the patient's view to run like a well oiled machine. Staff behaves as if they can't do enough for you. Staff is more upbeat. Close affiliation with USF and Moffitt Cancer Center constantly brings fresh talent and skills to the various clinics.
    SCI unit under major construction to become a full Polytrama Center.
    At age 70, I am today a member of Paralyzed Veterans of America and donate 10% of my earnings as a Realtor to that fine cause, should you or others need assistance.
    [I felt my observations were of sufficient value to Chica bend your rules a bit in this case.]

    Best wishes for success.


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