I also work at Mission Hosptial's. I have had various roles there but have been a RN for 3 years now and work in the CVOR...the do eat their young...LOL It's really not THAT bad, but when you consider the gravity of what we do and who we do it for the stress can be high and expectations even larger.
You said you were interested in MS-ICU? I know several people who work in that unit and LOVE it.
Most of the other ICU's are also good. CV-ICU can be hard with some personalities but it is a good unit to work in and you will learn ALOT.
As far as the pay goes.....I think they are saving alot of money by keeping salaries down. If you have been there >15 to 20 years you have a great salary. But coming in as an intern just a few years ago I know some new grads are at my base pay. That is depressing to say the least. But that is my problem to deal or not deal with. We are talking about what you want to do.
Asheville is a great town to live in. Mission Hospital's does provide you with the equipment you need to get the job done. Go to the MSJ web page:
I believe it is www.msj.org
You should find employment people to email there. Don't fret if they don't contact you a.s.a.p.....don't know what to tell you there.
Look for the Human Resource phone number and see if they can connect you with the Nurse Recruiter.
Good Luck. You won't go wrong in the Asheville area even if it's not at Mission.