Quote from Paco-RN
Thanks! I was hoping for a turnaround being that I could just change over to keep my state pension going but I think I will be better off going to a big private hospital.
Just mentioning because I know you work at Stony Brook (where I went to school and did all my clinicals/capstone)
I recently ended up at Mather (private community hospital) and although ive only been there about 8~ weeks the difference is pretty significant from stony brook.
Its far more personal, patients generally have significantly higher acuity than they did at SBU, and theres a huge sense of community throughout the hospital. Part of that is just raw size of the hospital (Stony Brook is HUGE, 20 + floors, Mather is 3)
Even the way things are done is generally different from what I was used to at Stony Brook.
Overall I think youd be pretty happy going to a private hospital from stony brook, I truly think the quality of life will be better. Youll have to be smart and invest your money (403b) without a state pension but youll end up making more and have much more freedom to do what you want.
The one thing you will almost certainly miss though going to a private hospital (especiallyif its not a HUGE one) is most of these smaller private hospitals (i know both Mather and St Charles fit this bill) have pretty bleh EMR/computer systems. And is a huge step backwards from Stony Brook in quality.
Youll likely also have to get used to not having residents on the floors and dealing with many local community physicians, which means youll be taking plenty of phone/verbal orders (which I never did at SBU)
Its definitely way different then what I experienced in school, but I love it. Best of luck with the transition !
Also out of curiosity if you dont mind me asking, whyd you decide to leave Stony?
(also the hospitals I mentioned were outeast, from what you mentioned sounds like youre looking out west. I was just pointing out the stark differences I noticed going from Stony Brook to smaller private hospitals)