Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City

  1. Does any one know anything about this place? How they are to work for, nurse : pt ratios, benefits, pay....My husband & I love it here, & would like to move in the near future. Anything you can tell me would be great! Thanks!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   PHM
    I work at Bay Medical here in PC. Did my clinicals at GCMC and my daughter (RRT) worked there for a few years.

    Pay is the same throughout the area (low). New RNs start around $16 and PRNers make a flat $27 regardless of experience. Of course, shift differentials, etc will add on to this.

    From what I've heard, GCMC is a pretty good. NP ratios, I've heard, are comparative to ours (6 to 7 per nurse and higher at night). I enjoyed my clinicals while there and found everyone helpful and friendly.

    Good luck,
  4. by   crb613
    Thanks so much for your reply. $16.00 hr??? yikes!:trout: How in the world can you afford to live?? Looks like PRN would be the only option but can you get enough work? Thanks again
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Also remember, that Florida slows down in the off season.

    If you review the many, many threads on Florida nursing wages, you will note that they are lower than the norm, especially in the more "rural" areas (as opposed to SFla - Miami area, Orlando, Jacksonville, etc.

    You will be told that there is no state income tax (it shows in the infrastructure), and that cost of living is low (not really, compared to a few years ago).

    You will also be told that , "You get paid in sunshine". I have yet to find a power company, visa card that accepts "sunshine".
  6. by   PHM
    Great comments, "Lady. . ." All are true.

    Bottom line: for as long as they can take in GNs from the local colleges and start them at this pay . . nothing will change. And . . .the cost of living will not likely decrease anytime soon. That being said, it's still a great area, has all I need and more.

    Oh . . .existing on low pay . . .I'm retired military.

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