I will be a new grad moving to Albuquerque this December. Is there anyone out there that can give me any advise on what to expect? I am originally from ABQ and have family there so I really just need advice about nursing. Where should I apply to work? Can I work on a permit or do I have to wait until I get my license? Are any hospitals offering sign-on bonuses? I am coming from NY and have talked to the BON about how to get licensed, but I would like some personal insite.
Feb 17, '04
For a while, I was Traumanurses boss (later were both the bosses (charge nurses on nights), and didn't see much of each other). He is very correct in stating that UNMH is a great place to work. To the person saying that New Mexico hospitals are unprofessional, I am sorry that you think that. I like to say that they are relaxed. I thouroughly enjoyed working there, and learned a great deal, enough to get into a great CRNA program on the first try. Besides, I am happiest in an unstructured environment, and I would regularly throw out the write ups from individuals making what I deemed petty complaints.
UNMH has a career ladder program, which can increase your pay up to 5 dollars an hour (over your base, BTW differentials are a percentage of your base, not a fixed amount), and they will even pay for you to take the ccrn exam. Additionally, if you want an advanced degree they will pay for that as well. The relationship between the ICU RN's and the doctors, is very amicable, and is more of a collegue relationship than i have seen on the east cost, where I am now. In fact, I am very happy I do not have to work as an RN on the East coast.
I left UNM making over 30$ an hour including differential, and was verry happy making it.
If you decide to go for a job at UNMH, make sure you follow through with the unit director, or the mentor program director. UNM is notorious for not following through on applications, without your vigilence.
Last edit by nilepoc on Feb 17, '04