Hi, My husband and I will be moving to Albuquerque in July of this year (2014). I have never been to this area before, and am wondering if anyone has insight on places to apply for jobs, pay scale for a BSN, what the area is like, good places to live and avoid and anything else that I might want to know before moving. I graduate with my BSN in June from California and will also need to obtain a New Mexico RN license. Does anyone know how long New Mexico tends to take when transferring a license to this state?
Lovelace is a formerly locally owned system that was bought out first by Cigna then by Ardent (founded by an HCA alum after their big Medicare fraud scandal). I worked for them for four years in ABQ. Their first move after buying the system was to hand every LPN working inpatient a pink slip and escort them from the building. Staffing was atrocious, personnel policies downright feudal and quality of care flat out dangerous. Their local rep was so bad that one of their facilities was staffed with over 80% travelers. Management were rank amateurs. The usual pattern for this company is to buy a system, wring it out for as much profit as possible, then sell the leftovers. When they tried that here, the system was trashed so badly they couldn't find a buyer. After that, things improved some - and starting pay is pretty high - but I still don't trust that it will continue any longer than they have to. Proceed at your own risk. PM for more details if you wish.
Last edit by heron on Apr 12, '14