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- Jul 1, '07 by YUPPIE2009Hello,
Does anyone know anything about the Atlanta area NICU's? Which ones are good to work for? Things of that nature.
- Jul 29, '07 by VivianaCan anyone advise on how much people are making an hour there? I'm out west, and I'm incredibly homesick. But I make 30 dollars an hour here. What are you guys making in Atlanta?
- Jul 29, '07 by azorsalary for a new graduate in Atl is like between $20-$22/hr.
- Aug 19, '07 by Chloe'sinNYNowQuote from SharonH, RNThanks! I needed this. Seems to be some insensitive responses to threads that I've read below. This is a good kick in the pants for this newly crowned RN to get started late in the game. Much appreciated!!I periodically get PMs from people asking me about the job market in Atlanta. So Iíve decided to get off my lazy butt and post what I hope to be is a comprehensive topic about it. If anyone has different knowledge than myself or has something to add, please DO!
New grads: I donít know of all the hospitals that have programs for new grad RNs but I know for sure that Grady, Northside, Southern Regional, and Gwinnett Medical Center do.
LPNs: As far as I know, all of the hospitals in the area use LPNs although the scope of practice does vary from facility to facility.
Baylor program: Gwinnett Medical and Atlanta Medical Center have a Baylor program. I think most of the facilities flirt with it from time to time so the best thing to do is check each facilityís website for specific openings.
Job listings: I always check Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com and AJCjobs.com. Craigslist.org also has job listings, most of them legit and Iíve found some on there that Iíve not found anywhere else. But I would use them with caution all the same. One more thing, be advised that the Sunday paper version of the AJC has many jobs that are NOT listed on AJCjobs.com so best practice is to check both places.
Major hospitals in the area:
North: Northside(facilities in Sandy Springs-main hospital, Forsyth co, and Cherokee co.) Great place to work if you are interested in L&D, mother-baby, etc. They have over 18,000 deliveries a year. St. Josephís is across the street from Northside and is a great for cardiac care.
Gwinnett Medical Center: (facility in Lawrenceville and new hospital in Duluth(Joan Glancy) just opened up
East: Dekalb Medical Center( main hospital in Decatur, LTC also in Decatur, and smaller community facility in Lithonia, GA). The VA is located in Decatur as well. Eastside Medical Center is a small hospital that is located in Snellville, GA and so is Northlake Regional Hospital located in Tucker.
West: Wellstar Health System(a 5-hospital system with facilities in Cobb(Austell, Marietta) and Paulding, and Douglas counties.
South: Southern Regional Health System in Riverdale and Henry General Hospital is in Stockbridge GA. South Fulton Medical Center is a small Tenet-owned facility in the city of East Point just south of the city.
In-town: Piedmont is in Buckhead; it is a prestigious hospital and this is the place where local dignitaries and celebrities are treated. Atlanta Medical Center is a Tenet hospital. Grady Memorial Hospital is a county hospital that has the only burn unit in the region and it is also the only level 1 trauma center in the city. Crawford Long Hospital is part of the Emory University health system which also includes Emory Hospital in Decatur and Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital also in Decatur in addition to the Emory clinics.
Children's hospitals: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) has facilities at Northside, across from Emory University Hospital in Decatur, Hughes Spalding at Grady and they have clinics all over the city.
Other options for employment include: The Emory Clinics which are located all over the city. Kaiser permanente has a lot of different opportunities for employment which include corporate level employment in addition to the clinics which are also all over the city. Donít forget home health, Amedysis and Visiting Nurse are two of the biggest. For corrections, you can look to Dekalb County jail and Gwinnett county as well as the state but you generally have wait until they advertise for jobs to work there, they do contract out their work.
I didnít cover everything because there is a lot. I know nothing about psych or LTC. I hope that others add on to this topic so we can help out new grads and newcomers to the city. Be advised that if you apply to Grady they WILL call you but they take a very long time. The other hospitals have a turnaround of 4-6 weeks to call. I have first hand knowledge of almost every place I listed either through employment or through clinicals but I make NO recommendations. Keep an open mind and your options will be unlimited.
Good luck, job-seekers!
- Nov 20, '07 by untamable07This may sound crazy but what is a LTC?
- Nov 20, '07 by jb2uQuote from DWILKINS22Long Term Care. (Nursing homes, assisted living)This may sound crazy but what is a LTC?
- Nov 21, '07 by ktlizQuote from SharonH, RNI just wanted to add... as a doula and aspiring nurse/midwife, I would NEVER work at Northside. Yes they have a ton of deliveries there, but birth at Northside is VERY medicalized--they have something like a 98% epidural rate, very very high cesarean birth rate, routine use of pitocin (do a search for Northside on , and are overall very unnecessarily restrictive of laboring women.North: Northside(facilities in Sandy Springs-main hospital, Forsyth co, and Cherokee co.) Great place to work if you are interested in L&D, mother-baby, etc. They have over 18,000 deliveries a year.
I have heard heaps of good things about L&D at North Fulton, however. That is where I would like to work as an RN.
If I was a glutton for punishment, I would work at Northside, but only to make a small difference in the births of women there (not likely!)
- Jan 2, '08 by Chloe'sinNYNowQuote from ktlizLots of "suggested" Pitocin labors at Piedmont as well. And the staff there is not desirable, save for a nurse here or there. Also buyer beware, they pride themselves (and their website!) for being a "physician-led hospital"I just wanted to add... as a doula and aspiring nurse/midwife, I would NEVER work at Northside. Yes they have a ton of deliveries there, but birth at Northside is VERY medicalized--they have something like a 98% epidural rate, very very high cesarean birth rate, routine use of pitocin (do a search for Northside on , and are overall very unnecessarily restrictive of laboring women.
I was only there for 2 weeks, but saw many women be given Pit even though they originally said they didn't want and it went against their birth plans.
- Jan 2, '08 by crestathewiseI will be graduating in May 08 from Brenau University with my BSN/RN... I love Brenau... there are several good schools though... georgia statue University, emory, brenau.. i believe these are all BSN programs... hope that helps
- Jan 3, '08 by Chloe'sinNYNowHey Klitz,
what do you know of DeKalb Med's Birthing Center? or anything of that hospital? Do you lke it? Do they treat pts and nurses well? Clean? Teamwork? or do they have high turnover and eat their young?
PM me if you can't say on the thread!