I am an entry level RN-BSN. I just moved to South Bend, IN and am wondering how nursing is in here.
What are the best places for RN's to get jobs in Michiana?
How are benefits for RN's there? Working conditions?
What makes you stay to work here? How does it compare with other cities or states such as the nearby Chicago, IL?
Hear from you soon!
Jun 10, '12
I worked at the major hospital in South Bend and PRN at the one in Elkhart. The hospital in Elkhart HEAVILY uses mandatory overtime. I had to leave that PRN position because I didn't feel safe and wanted to protect my license. If 16 hour shifts are okay for you, then they may be a possibility. However, they paid less than South Bend. At the major hospital in South Bend, the pay was okay, benefits were average, and nurse-to-patient ratio was survivable. I don't know how things work in Chicago as that's a different state and I don't have experience there. I did work for awhile in Nevada, and compared to there, Michiana is a slightly better place to work. I would highly recommend calling the nurse recruiters at the local hospitals and see what might be open. The area is over-saturated with nursing schools, so there is a lot of competition for jobs, but experience will help. I now live in the Indianapolis area which has MANY more good opportunities for nurses. Good luck.
Jun 14, '12
Thank you for the advice!
Jun 21, '12
It sounds as if Elkhart's hospital is sinking right now. Mishawaka and South Bend both have hospitals, however they have been in a pattern of hiring then laying off and or "eliminating that position". There are a ton of nurse grads around there. Make yourself stand out amongst the crowd. Good luck and Welcome to IN.
Jun 21, '12
Thanks for the advice!
I did remember seeing the news weeks/months ago about a hospital in Elkhart having some security problems with their system.