Emory vs Piedmont Hospital for New Grad - page 2

Has anyone had an experience as a new grad at either of these hospitals? I want to get an idea of how the working environment is and education for new grads. Also, does anyone know how much they pay?... Read More

  1. by   csweetooth
    Its an intermediate ICU. But don't worry sometimes if census is low you will get floated to other ICUs. Its a great way to get your foot in the door. Not sure if the patients are vented.
  2. by   gracieD
    I disagree with csweetooth about 5E. It IS an ICU, but the unit is connected to an intermediate unit that is staffed by the same group of nurses. So yes, you will get regular med/surg ICU experience, but you will also be staffing IMCU (intermediate care unit). They rotate assignments so that everyone gets their fair share of ICU vs. intermediate patients.

    Patients on 5E can be vented, have swans, be on CRRT, etc. A bit of history about the unit (which is probably why csweetooth thought it was an intermediate unit) - maybe 8 months ago 12 beds of IMCU were converted to 5E ICU, and the nurses who worked in IMCU simply became ICU nurses. They have done a lot of training and education for these nurses, as now they see a lot of equipment/technology that isn't used at the intermediate level of care. They have lots of resources available, which probably would be great for a new grad.

    I myself just went through the residency as a new graduate about a year ago and I would highly recommend it (see my previous post in this very thread!). There are a few other residency-graduates on 5E who are very friendly and great nurses...I'm sure you will have great co-workers if you chose Piedmont!
  3. by   gracieD
    I have to disagree with csweetooth, 5E IS an ICU, but it is connected to IMCU (intermediate care unit) and is staffed by the same pool of nurses. They rotate who is assigned ICU vs. IMCU patients so everyone works both areas equally. Patients on 5E can be vented, have swans, CRRT, etc. They are definitely high-acuity, ICU patients.

    A bit of history on this unit, about 8 months ago 12 IMCU beds were converted to ICU beds, creating 5E ICU. The nurses who worked IMCU simply became ICU nurses! They received a lot of training and education on equipment/technology that isn't seen at the intermediate level. That being said, they have a lot of resources at their disposal which I think would be great for a new grad.

    In this very post I gave a pretty thorough review of the residency at Piedmont. I've been off orientation for about 6 months now and I feel very prepared and very supported by other staff (techs up to MDs) when I do need help or am unsure about anything. I can't say anything about other area hospitals because I have no experience there, but if you have any questions feel free to ask or PM me!
  4. by   gracieD
    Sorry about the duplicate post...I'm past the editing/delete time frame. :/
  5. by   Lucky724
    Either one would rock
  6. by   Steph091
    Can you give any info about how to be prepared for the interview?
  7. by   BSNangel
    FYI... Piedmont Atlanta Hospital pays the most in Metro Atlanta (base, night, and weekend pay). Weekend differential is an additional $6.00/hr and night is an additional $3.50-4.50/hr.
  8. by   glitterjen86
    Do you know with the new nurse glad pay is at Piedmont Hospital?