Quote from renerian
Wow can I ask why you chose AThens? My hubby teaches at OU. Nice campus but wow costly.
Did you try applying at the VNA in AThens? Alot of nice people there if you like home health.
First off, thanks everyone for your input, it'll definitely help in our job search
Well, I've been trying to leave Chicago for the better part of the last 10 years. We (wife and I) finally made the decision to leave and stick to it.
Athens has two things that make it attractive. One, my Mom lives there and has a 5 bedroom house and just her living there. Two, I want to return to school to complete my ADN to BSN and possibly double major.
Mom has cheap rent (three months so far and still haven't figured out the rent yet!), lots of space for a newlywed couple to keep privacy, and my wife gets along great with my Mom (maybe too well :uhoh21: ).
Athens has OU and a bachelors' completion for RNs, also has a nice Jr college in the next town about 15 mi away to take the "bs" classes on the cheap.
What we're trying to do is gather as much info on the various hospitals as possible without actually sitting down with a nurse recruiter or HR personnel, we want to leave the door open for any potential referral bonuses for folks who might want to split it with us (Know anyone??).
We went to Holzer Hosp in Jackson yesterday, but after hours so we didn't even get to see the nursing units or to talk to any nursing staff. It's seems to be a nice place and looks brand new, but it's small.
We went to O'Bleness Hosp in Athens today, during business hours talked briefly with an HR rep who then let us roam about the place, we talked to an LPN and RN on their Med/Surg unit and gave us a lot of info. It helps that we "acquired" a copy of the hospital contract before we moved, so we have a very good idea of the pay there. It seems to be nicely upkept (didn't smell) even though it's an older facility, it is small but growing a little.
My wife is really very nervous about the whole experience, the last hosp we worked was her first healthcare experience whereas I've worked in hosps since high school and came from a family of folks who mostly worked in hosps.
The main thing that worries me is the lack of a challenge in these small hosps. The last hosp we worked for was a 443 bed teaching facility in Chicago, there it was actually considered a community hosp and probably bigger than most in Ohio overall, surprisingly for a time we did more cardiac interventions (cath, CEAs, CABGs, etc) than other big name hosp in the Chciago area. The unit I worked on was 44 beds and larger by itself than either Holzer or Obleness, also it was a very busy surgical tele/SICU step-down unit with post-CABG, big bellies, vents, etc., soooooo, I'm worried about keeping up my skills. My wife probably just wants the place to be nice and friendly and have good benefits.
Well, sorry for the long reply and thanks again for your input, keep it coming!
We're probably looking to get my wife a FT gig by end of April and I'm looking for something PT around the same time.