I haved just interviewed at Kootenai Medical Center about a week ago. I know nurses who have worked there, and they have liked it. However, Northern Idaho is strongly Republican, and VERY ANTI UNION.
*** Sounds like the same old Idaho
When I asked about staff ratios in ICU, I was told that MOST of the time it is 1:2 patients. But OCCASIONALLY the ICU nurses have to take three patients. They also are now using travelers, which they have never had to do. They are a magnet facility, but I question some things. If they are a magnet facility, how can they "sometimes" staff 3:1 in ICU? And why do they need travelers?
*** I currently work in a magnet hospital ICU and we occasionally have to take 3 patient loads. I have done it twice in the last 6 months. ABout 25% of our RNs in the ICU are travelers. Separate issue I know, but magnet mean nothing to me and I am unimpressed when told by recruiters "Oh we are a Magnet hospital!" Whne I hear that I think "so what?".
There are three schools of nursing within 50 miles of there, including North Idaho College, right next door.
*** That is interesting. One has to wonder why they have so many openings and use travelers?
I am not sure about the pay, but I know for sure that it is less than Washington State, and Spokane. Have you tried Tri Cities? Kadlec is growing, and offering great benefits. Look them up.
*** Thats for the tip but I was stationed at Ft. Lewis for years and and familiar with the tri cities area. Not really what I am looking for. I fully understand that by choosing to work in a small rural hospital I will be giving up the top pay. On the other hand I am not willing to work for peanuts.
Thanks for the reply