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Hi, I am a nurse with 8 years experience in a med/surg telemetry unit. Will be moving to Albuquerque this summer. Can someone please tell me what the range of pay is for nurses in New mexico or what someone with my experience... Read More


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    Currently as a traveler at Lovelace Downtown. Here's what's happening.

    Lovelace Gibson is closing as of 6/30 for sure. The building has been sold. Lovelace will maintain an Urgent Care Center there as well as many clinics.

    Downtown has a new ER opening 4/23. Went from 14 beds to 34. The CVICU and cardiac floor will open sometime around 6/30. The new tele floor will open 6/10 and the ICU will go to 32 beds at the same time. We have a new NM as of 2/15. Used to be a staff RN. No comment.

    Still a lot of politics going on but it's now wayyyyy above the level of a staff nurse...thank you, Lord. Ratios are not bad compared to Florida or some of the other places. ICU 2:1 and it usually doesn't take a fight to keep it that way. One note: They have techs in the ICU to do CBG, etc. Sometimes the ratios get higher but it's because we have stepdown patients with no where to move. Stepdown ratio is 4:1. Only once in a year have I seen it go to 5:1 and that was only for one nurse....and she got time and a half bonus for doing it. Of course there's problems...what hospital DOESN'T have them??? Floor/tele ratio is usually 6:1 on nights. Is it perfect? Not hardly. The HR department and supply management have a terribly long way to go, there's construction everywhere and occasionally my night shift charge is a $%^&**. The lab is horrible and about as supportive as my ex. Housing is expensive and day shift traffic sucks...especially on I40. But for the most part, the docs listen, the patients get good care and I am free to practice good nursing.
    The Wolf
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    Oh, yeah. Forgot something. Womens Hospital is greatly expanding their NICU and Peds. I'm not too up on that.
    The Wolf
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    I will be working at UNM. Base pay New Grad is 22.35 with 17% weeknight and weekend day diff and a 26% weekend diff. Then a 5$ CAP if you are working on the next level degree. Pay will be higher pending your years experience and certs.

    VA is 48000-50000 ADN a year not sure what the diffs are. 52000-58000 base for BSN and varies pending what certs you already have and years experience. Can go higher for more years exp.
    Yes they have 10000 sign on Bonus for FT and 5000 for PT and each requires 2yr commitment
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    SCGreywolf.. You are mistaken.. Lovelace is expanding their NICU and their womens services. But Lovelace no longer has a Peds department. I know this because I used to work in their NICU
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    I heard that the Pediatricians walked out. Several other specialties walked out also. I believe they have 1 locum tenens ortho surgeon.
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    I currently work at Pres CCC unit, prev. CCU. I love it, would not go anywhere else. I started at 21/hr, now at 26/hr, after 3 years. We have the ladder program to make up to 6/hr more, weekend diff is good also. I have looked at other jobs around town. UNMH pays there new grads as much as experienced RN's, that's why I left there. Pres pays very well with decent benifits.
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    Quote from cowboyRN
    No intention to be an internet bully Night, maybe I didn't word my post so well. Mainly was trying to comment on the bad press that Lovelace gets. I do find it interesting that students are coming out of the nursing schools jumping on this band wagon. I don't mean that in a bad way, and am not trying to support Lovelace. The Journal is all over every scoop they get their hands on, and the Mayor and Govenor seem to have an axe to grind in regards to the Lovelace issue. Anybody who has been in Albuquerque for any length of time at all remembers the huge layoffs, and hospital closing of another institution, but the attention has now moved to the new employer in town. Just a courious issue for me. Sorry for the thread jack.
    Dear cowboyRN, I am an LPN, and I was contacted by Lovelace Sandia, a few years back, regarding a position, in Pediatrics, I was very excited about it! Then a couple of days later, I received a call saying, that the job offer, had been recinded, or words to that effect. I asked why, but they were unable to give me an answer, I assumed, they couldn't say, for legal reasons, or something. I always figured, it was due to a lukewarm reference. However, since reading your post, I see that it could have been, for some of the reasons, mentioned above. Thank you so much, for helping to clear up that mystery! Enjoyed your comments!
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    Quote from nursegirl1014
    SCGreywolf.. You are mistaken.. Lovelace is expanding their NICU and their womens services. But Lovelace no longer has a Peds department. I know this because I used to work in their NICU
    OK, semantics error. Besides the fact I grouped neonate and babies as Peds, just because there isn't a Peds department as such doesn't mean they do not get care..Lovelace downtown does not have and will not have a women's services or NICU. That goes to Women's (like I said). I'm sure there is a back channel agreement between Lovelace and UNM for Peds since I was told too many times that Lovelace sends all their Peds to UNM and has done so for a few years. Women's belongs to Lovelace system. With the acute nationwide shortage in pediatric specialists, doesn't it make sense to utilize what they do have? And Women's is expanding rapidly. Frankly, you can blame the powers-that-be at NM Licensing Board for the fact that the general medicine expansion is taking place at Downtown instead of Gibson. That was NOT a choice made by Lovelace.

    Don't get me wrong, Lovelace has an enormous set of problems but I would still choose to work there rather than the competition. Just as an OBTW, as a 23 year nurse, I was offered 36+diff+w/e but had to turn it down (along with relocation and a 10K sign on). All because of grandkids. Still might make it back out there.
    The Wolf
    Last edit by SCGreywolf on Jul 20, '07
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    I just moved to ABQ this summer and I am looking for a job at one of the hospitals. After reading the posts in this thread I am wondering if this information still applies now that we're in 2010. What recommendations do you have in terms of which hospitals to apply at and what areas of nursing should I begin my career in? I would prefer to work in L & D but so far I'm not having any luck. Also, does anyone know what the starting pay is for a new grad with a BSN?
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    Lovelace Westside is advertising a new OB/Birthing Center. Have no idea now what the staffing will be like or the pay. I left Lovelace last fall and went to Santa Fe at St Vincents in the ER and I love the crew. Management was very undirected until a new /Director took over in Feb. going pretty good now.
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