Just to give you a bit of positive feed back on Exeter! Exeter doesn't solely staff with new grads and travelers. Yes, there are quite a few new grads (as there are in most hospitals because of the great number of retiring RNs), and there are a few travelers (not as many as in some hospitals) - but there are also, many RNs (and other staff) who have worked at Exeter for many years. The RN
atient ratio is pretty comparable, if not, a little better, with the other Seacoast hospitals. As for the pay diff., it could be better. It goes by % of base pay; evening/noc diff. is 20% (max $4.50/hr), w/e diff. is 7% (max $1.25/hr). There is mandatory on call time to pick up but it depends on how many hr/pp you work. Also, there is standby for low census that is only $2.50/hr but you can use your earned time to make it up-that does suck. Lately, low census is so infrequent that the RNs and LNAs welcome the call at 530am to stay home until needed-and if you want to come in there is always someone else that will take the standby! If you have worked at any of the Mass. east coast hospitals you would probably find that little Exeter Hospital is quite nice to work at.
In my many years of nursing I have only worked in the Seacoast area(Ports.Reg.Hosp.
)Exeter Hospital has been the best hospital I have worked at. Of course, Exeter has it's problems (what hospital doesn't??)but not at the magnitude of other hospitals.
The Seacoast area hospitals don't pay as well as Mass. but considering travel time and gas??
Hope this helps.