Ok I finished interviewing with St. Lukes and MOBAP( Missouri Baptist) and St. Lukes had the BEST offer out of all of the ones I have interviewed with. I was there for 3 hours!!! They have loan forgiveness $3000.00 per year and no cap which is great because you can get them to pay all of your student loans off. $5000.00 sign on bonus for full time. $2500.00 for part time. They have tuition reimbursement AND you don't have to sign a contract. The pay was the best. Raises are annually between 0-6%. Shift differential is $3.75 for nights , $1.50 for weekends and $1.75 for holidays. They were all very nice, and the hospital was very clean and orderly. They will be going to computerized charting this fall. Medical, Dental and vision start the day you start. I was also told that LPN's start at $12.50. Mainly it is an all RN staff with PCT's who will do the blood draws, suctioning, DC IV's, DC foley's and basic patient care. It is also a teaching hospital. There are 9 floors. I have more info about benefits if anyone wants to know more.
Now MOBAP is a different story. They were very nice but seemed desperate. This is a community based hospital. It was a little outdated, Sign on was only $2000.00, you had to sign a contract. Starting pay was only $17.50, they had a $12,000 loan forgiveness cap. If it were up to them, I would have just changed into some scrubs
and put me to work that same day while I was there!!!. They seemed too desperate and that was a red flag to me!
I was offered a critical care position with St. Luke's and I have accepted mainly due to the location since it will be 6 miles from where I will live.
SSM St. joseph was my second choice in regards to pay and position. They also seemed very friendly and easy to talk to.
Good luck to those who are looking for opportunities. Pretty much most of the hospitals are competitive. Some better than others. Make sure you do your research to find the best position and location for you so that you may utilize all of your nursing skills.