Benefits are good. My health and dental insurance are about $15 and $6 per pay period. As to the quality, I'm not really sure because I haven't been sick lately. I remember the deductible being high, but it paid for a large % of everything afterward.
You earn something like 3.4 hours of sick time per pay period. Vacation is similar but you can't use it for 6 months. Over all I'm very happy with my benefits.
I know people who've worked at the Ridge and ESH and they say they prefer ESH. But then again, if they didn't they'd probably be at the Ridge and not at ESH talking to me!
I definitely find the older population to be calmer than the 18 year olds.
As to pay... I know new grad nurses make low-mid $20's per hour. I don't know about LPNs or experienced nurses. MHAs make $10 days and $11.50 nights. Raises haven't been given in years.
Disclaimer here... I know I've stated in other posts that I love ESH, well, things are changing. As of this summer night shift staffing has been TERRIBLE, census has been sky high and morale is very low. A lot of us basically feel like the administration is punishing us for being unable to accomplish the impossible. I personally don't feel like I'm doing anything therapeutic so much as keeping the place barely presentable and teetering on the edge of sort of terrible chaos. All of this could be normal for hospitals in this economy and not just ESH though. I think it probably is, because I used to adore this job.