Hello all. I am not a nurse, but my fiance is and Augusta is one of the places that we may be moving to this summer because of my job. Since we may have a partial say in the matter I am trying to find out as much as I can about the nursing job market in the Augusta area to make an informed decision on whether it would be a good place for her to hopefully find what she wants to do as well.
To give you a little bit of background about her, when we move she will have 1 year experience in ICU (I think kind of MICU + SICU combined) at a Dallas/Ft-Worth hospital. She also will have had some advanced training, and I believe preceptor training as well. She has her BSN.
What does the job market in Augusta look like? I know she would definitely prefer to stay in critical care, if at all possible. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Jan 25, '12
There are several hospitals in Augusta..including the VA. You can "google" the information..one hospital is University. The VA listings can be found at USAJOBS - The Federal Government’s Official Jobs Site
. Augusta is also close to S.C.
Jan 31, '12
MCG is on a hiring freeze from what I hear. Other hospitals in the area include University Hospital and Doctors Hospital.
There's also the VA and Trinity.
Good luck to you both!
Jan 31, '12
New grads are having trouble right now due to the fact that the Augusta area has a lot of nursing schools. That being said, it doesn't appear to me that it is a problem with experienced nurses.
MCG has some great ICUs
Doctors has a great burn ICU
University has a med/surg and neuro ICU, a NICU, and the cardiac towers. In that part of the hospital, the rooms are designed so that when a patient becomes critical or no longer is critical, they stay in the same room. So the nurses work as either a telemetry nurse or a cardiac ICU nurse.
Trinity has one small ICU. It's kind of a catch all. If patients are too critical they will transfer out to other hospitals.
I know nothing about the VA Hospital other than there are two...an "updown" and the "downtown" VA.
We also have Select Specialty Hospital. I wouldn't want to work there, but some do. In addition to an ICU, they also have vented patients on the regular floor. Most people are there for the pay. I hear they are the highest paying in the area.
Wish I could help more. Good luck to you both!!