Quote from CP2013
I'm hoping to be in a city, not any place too rural - is Burlington rural? I've only ever heard of my friends visiting Raleigh, Duram, or Greensboro, so those are the only areas I have any remote idea about. Hoping to find a decent 2 bedroom for my parents and I as well. Any ideas on good locations where it would be okay to leave two elderly people while I'm working 12 hour shifts? I worry about them being alone for so many hours, but I want them to have neighbors they can trust. If that makes sense?
I will have my BSN and EMT-B so I am hoping that will help get into an ED residency. Would at least like it to be a trauma center, even if it's a level 2 or 3 so I can get the experience for a few years before working up to a level 1.
Can you explain "the Cone system" a bit more? Is that a group of hospitals? Also, is Wake Med a good hospital for new grads? Are they welcoming if I were to apply for a cardiac or telemetry unit? (I'm not so good with neuro or ortho units)
I guess that really depends on what you think rural is
Burlington isn't a huge town, but it's fairly big. I know that there are a lot of people around here who live in Burlington of Mebane but work in Greensboro or Chapel Hill. I think that Burlington or Mebane would be ok for your parents to be on their own while you're at work. I think that most people in the area are nice, although like anywhere there are people who aren't.
The Cone system includes Moses Cone, Welsey Long, Women's Hospital in Greensboro, Moses Cone Behavioral Health, Annie Penn Hospital, and doctor's offices and a an extended care place. Most recently, Alamance Regional Medical Center, the hospital I worked as a CNA at and got my RN job at joined the Cone system. I know that with Moses Cone, the way they do their new grads for the ER is you rotate through all the EDs in their system (except for ARMCs) and then at the end they will place you in one, so there's no guarantee you would end up at Moses Cone which has a level 2 trauma center. As far as Wake Med goes, I don't know a whole lot about their new grad program. A nurse that I used to work with at my hospital was working in their ED before she moved and loved it, but did tell me that their new grad program can be kind of hard to get into for the ED.
If you were to move here I would recommend trying to get into any ED, regardless of whether or not it's a trauma center. Get a few years of experience and then move onto a level 1 trauma center if that's what you want. I initially wanted to do the same thing as you but at the end of it all I was just happy to end up in an ED period. So I'll put in a few years here and then apply at Wake Med again, where I ultimately want to end up.