Georgia Regional Hospital of ATL - page 2

by Lillylyle | 6,791 Views | 18 Comments

Hello all. I am new to the nursing forums. I have just been called for an interview at Georgia Regional, and was wondering what is it like to work there? I'm still a new grad so if you can include details about training and... Read More


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    Quote from snnamchi
    I heard from them couple of days later...and trust me, I came out of that interview saying to myself forget this bcos of tons of questions. But I stayed positive the whole time. I did not do any extra thing. I always believe that what's for you is for you.
    Just be positive show that you are passionate about psych.....
    Okay. Thank you so much. Maybe we will work together in the future if all goes well
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    Wow, they are being cheap. In 2006 they were offering $25/hour to new grads (BSN). Shift diff is 13% eves and nights and 5% weekends (starting Saturday day shift, not Friday night. The state usually accumulates 10 hours of vacay a month and 10 sick time flat out. It's not negotiable. The insurance is under the state health plans, moderate price with moderate benefits. The state also recognizes 10 holidays.

    When you work a holiday at a state hospital, you do not get "double time" or time-half. You get paid. Then you get one day off to be used and paid at straight time some other week.

    GRHA (all state hospitals but more commonly used there) also has what is called "holdover." This means, that if the nurse on the next shift does not come in, and no one volunteers, one of nurses on the prior shift HAS to stay. It's not negotiable. You get hours added to your total for the week and if it goes over 40 you may get time and a half but more likely they will try to give you a straight-time paid day off some other week. Unfortunately, you are still expected to come to work as scheduled for your next shift. Many nurses have left because of this. It's not extremely common, more so with the techs/HST, but it can happen.

    Those are the top complaints against the state. You can pm me for more info...each unit is different too.

    I have seen nurses do their "time" for a year and then get hired on in other Atlanta hospitals for L&D, ER, etc.

    I was sad to see Rome and Central State close. Those were fine hospitals. And GRHA has been crowded with their patients, but didn't get any of their employees for the most part, so they are not fully staffed.
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    Quote from RNvampire
    Wow, they are being cheap. In 2006 they were offering $25/hour to new grads (BSN). Shift diff is 13% eves and nights and 5% weekends (starting Saturday day shift, not Friday night. The state usually accumulates 10 hours of vacay a month and 10 sick time flat out. It's not negotiable. The insurance is under the state health plans, moderate price with moderate benefits. The state also recognizes 10 holidays.

    When you work a holiday at a state hospital, you do not get "double time" or time-half. You get paid. Then you get one day off to be used and paid at straight time some other week.

    GRHA (all state hospitals but more commonly used there) also has what is called "holdover." This means, that if the nurse on the next shift does not come in, and no one volunteers, one of nurses on the prior shift HAS to stay. It's not negotiable. You get hours added to your total for the week and if it goes over 40 you may get time and a half but more likely they will try to give you a straight-time paid day off some other week. Unfortunately, you are still expected to come to work as scheduled for your next shift. Many nurses have left because of this. It's not extremely common, more so with the techs/HST, but it can happen.

    Those are the top complaints against the state. You can pm me for more info...each unit is different too.

    I have seen nurses do their "time" for a year and then get hired on in other Atlanta hospitals for L&D, ER, etc.

    I was sad to see Rome and Central State close. Those were fine hospitals. And GRHA has been crowded with their patients, but didn't get any of their employees for the most part, so they are not fully staffed.
    Thank you so much for all this info I interviewed but have not heard back from them as yet....it's been 5 days, yeah I pressed. But after reading another user's comment about hearing back from them in a couple of days, I feel as though I am in a slump. any advice?
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    Hi RNVampire, I can't send Pms as yet
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    dear lillylyle,

    if i have figured this out right, you want to know what goes on beyond the interview process. so here goes nothing. (unless you've already been hired and already know all this) first you will have to attend a minimum of two weeks orientation (classroom setting). you will learn what the therapists do, how to protect yourself, how to talk to the patients, how to, how to, & finally how to. GA Regional believes that the best employee is a very well informed one. which i believe is very true also. then, they will send you out to your unit. it depends on what unit you got hired for, but here are some basics that might give you a clue. first you have the acute unit- this is usually the individuals that come right off the street and have yet to get themselves balanced out again. recovery unit- this is usually a mixed group of individuals, this means that they have been there for a significant amount of time but still haven't gotten all the ins and outs yet. (remember always, its the disease) then you have what im on.. forensics- these are the hardened criminals. the murderers, the rapists, assaults, that type of stuff. always remember that they are people too. and should be treated like one. recall that i called them "individuals"? it is a new term that GR is using so that we can help them become more dependent instead of independent. and, never call them "your individuals", they are not "yours", they are their own. if you can remember that they are people first, you will go a long way, and never forget "empathy vs. sympathy"; you will have to remind yourself of it on a daily basis. good luck & god bless. i hope this helped.
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    I was contacted by their recruiter and all of your comments have been really helpful. Are any of you working there at present? What's it really like? Did Central State close already? Is Georgia Regional scheduled to close any time soon? Would like to explore the opportunity but would like some more information first. Thanks to everyone.
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    If it doesn't work out there https://lawsonrecruit.che.org/recrui...ijob.JobSearch

    St Joseph's has 10 new grad positions and a page and a half of FT RN positions available.

    Best of luck!
    goodoldroxie likes this.
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    R u still workin there?
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    Do nurses at Georgia Regional wear street clothes or can you wear colored scrubs?


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