Moving to OKC area

  1. Possibly moving to an area just East of OKC. I'm an RN with L&D, Psych, and a little bit of ICU experience. While I love L&D I may have to forgo it unless I can find that rare, golden day shift position...due to DH traveling a lot (military).

    Seems like there are so many facilities to look at. Any of them that I should absolutely stay away from????

    Thanks for your help!
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  3. by   hypnotic_nurse
    I've heard a lot of complaints about Midwest City Hospital. I've never worked there though, nor have I worked L&D. Hope you like it here! Welcome!
  4. by   USA987
    Thanks for the heads up and the warm welcome.
  5. by   marilynmom
    Quote from USA987
    Possibly moving to an area just East of OKC. I'm an RN with L&D, Psych, and a little bit of ICU experience. While I love L&D I may have to forgo it unless I can find that rare, golden day shift position...due to DH traveling a lot (military).

    Seems like there are so many facilities to look at. Any of them that I should absolutely stay away from????

    Thanks for your help!
    I think I would stay away from Midwest City as well, but I have heard great things about Baptist.
  6. by   Cubby
    Our local Psych Hospital is in Norman. It is a State facility. Good Benefits! Adequate pay. Lots of fun.
  7. by   lauritasol
    Quote from USA987
    Possibly moving to an area just East of OKC. I'm an RN with L&D, Psych, and a little bit of ICU experience. While I love L&D I may have to forgo it unless I can find that rare, golden day shift position...due to DH traveling a lot (military).

    Seems like there are so many facilities to look at. Any of them that I should absolutely stay away from????

    Thanks for your help!
    I work in high risk L&D at OU Med Center and I love it there. I know ppl might warn you away from this hospital b/c of whatever reason (not as new, not as nice, type of patients seen, etc.), but I think it is a fantastic place to work. Not only is it the only level 1 trauma center in OK, but it is also a teaching hospital and has some of the highest tech units (all new ICU units and others). Anyway, everyone there has been so nice and supportive and it is such a huge hospital (Everett Tower, Presby tower and Children's) that there is ample room for transfers and upward mobility. If you like to stay busy and see a wide variety of patients & diagnoses - you'll love it there.

    Is your husband AF? Mine is and we will probably be moving in a year or two. Where are you all coming from? I moved here from the East coast and was quite shocked, but I guess I have grown accustomed to most things!

    Welcome!
  8. by   Ado Annie
    Quote from lauritasol
    I work in high risk L&D at OU Med Center and I love it there.
    That's where my ma ended up after her accident. So glad that the trauma center remained open.
  9. by   USA987
    Quote from lauritasol

    Is your husband AF? Mine is and we will probably be moving in a year or two. Where are you all coming from? I moved here from the East coast and was quite shocked, but I guess I have grown accustomed to most things!

    Welcome!
    Not AF, but Navy. He's getting close to retirement and we've picked that area to retire to as a few of his family members are in the area and the proximity to a base, etc. We are in Illinois now (where I grew up) and I can't stand what seems like our 6 month long winter. We were stationed in Dallas a few years back and made frequent trips up to OKC.

    Good luck on your next move. Do you know where you are headed yet???
  10. by   lauritasol
    Quote from USA987
    Not AF, but Navy. He's getting close to retirement and we've picked that area to retire to as a few of his family members are in the area and the proximity to a base, etc. We are in Illinois now (where I grew up) and I can't stand what seems like our 6 month long winter. We were stationed in Dallas a few years back and made frequent trips up to OKC.

    Good luck on your next move. Do you know where you are headed yet???

    I was born in Illinois on Scott AFB - pretty neat how small the world is! My parents retired here too, as well as my grandparents (both from the AF) and they like it here pretty well. My DH and I don't like OK too much, so we're looking forward to wherever the military moves us. We'll probably be going to Germany, Okinawa or Alaska next. I lived in AK for 8 years growing up, so I'd rather go overseas, but I heard that there are no a lot of opportunities for RNs over there on the military bases. Kinda bummed about that, as we don't have children and I really want to work after all this education and expense. So, we'll see.

    Good luck on retiring. I bet it will feel weird to settle down in one place and not have to move anymore! I still get the itch to go every 4 years and now I'm going on my 5th year in OK, so I'm ready!
  11. by   USA987
    Quote from lauritasol

    Good luck on retiring. I bet it will feel weird to settle down in one place and not have to move anymore! I still get the itch to go every 4 years and now I'm going on my 5th year in OK, so I'm ready!
    The thought of retiring really does scare me. I look back on the journey that we've had over the last 15 years and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I've had the privledge of living all over this great country and meeting all kinds of interesting people and I think I will miss it. We have two kids, ages 8 & 10, and I know that for their own well-being, we should only make one more move. My 4th grader has been in 3 schools already. But they are surprisingly well adjusted.

    My sister-in-law is active duty AF and never wants to come back stateside. She's been stationed in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Guam and next will be Belgium. She's young and single with no kids, so I happy for her that she's going all over.

    I'm sure we'll talk again.
  12. by   Dalzac
    I worked at Integris Baptist for a while, I hated it. I have worked at St. Anthony's for almost 15 yrs and I love it. If you like pysch St Michaels is good, an affiliate hosp with St Anthony's. There are several hospital here in OKC and any one of them will hire you. I love Oklahoma, lots of nice lakes and plenty of stuff to do in my opinion.
  13. by   USA987
    Thanks so much for the info!!!
  14. by   lauritasol
    Quote from USA987
    The thought of retiring really does scare me. I look back on the journey that we've had over the last 15 years and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I've had the privledge of living all over this great country and meeting all kinds of interesting people and I think I will miss it. We have two kids, ages 8 & 10, and I know that for their own well-being, we should only make one more move. My 4th grader has been in 3 schools already. But they are surprisingly well adjusted.

    My sister-in-law is active duty AF and never wants to come back stateside. She's been stationed in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Guam and next will be Belgium. She's young and single with no kids, so I happy for her that she's going all over.

    I'm sure we'll talk again.
    I loved growing up in as an "AF brat." I loved traveling and moving, meeting new people and having friends all over the place. All my friends moved, so it wasn't so hard to leave - they were leaving or you were leaving, so it was all the same and the only way of life I knew. I think it has made me a more well rounded person - someone who's able to talk to anyone, anywhere, and someone who is very open to a variety of different cultures, languages, personalities, etc. I was shocked when I moved to OK and met people who did not know one person outside their race. That was just shocking to me. So, I think there are a ton of benefits to growing up in the military. I have friends of all races and nationalities, and friends that now live all over the US and world. I think that is pretty neat.

    I know when my parents retired, my mom was relieved, but my dad was bummed. I know he really liked to travel and go on TDYs and all that fun stuff. I know I truly enjoy it - that is why I joined the Army and then married an AF pilot... I just can't seem to get away from it. ;-)

    Well, hope to see you around the boards again... and good luck to you and your family!

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