First of all, I want to thank anyone who can share any piece of advice concerning Austin's OR's.
Since I'm new to town, I really have little to go on other than what I've read on allnurses.
A little about me:
Reside in 78745 area of South Austin
1+ yrs of exp in ER-Level III facility
2+ yrs of exp in OR-Level III facility, exp in nearly all specialties with the exception of open hearts, some of our general surgeons performed vascular procedures so I have exp in vascular & endovascular procedures, also crossed trained in L&D to circulate C/Ss, also GI exp
Limited scrub exp
8months of PACU exp
ACLS, PALS, TNCC
What I'd like to know:
Any ORs to steer clear from?
Any ORs that are hard to get into because the nurses love their jobs so much they don't leave : )
If offered a position with one of the major facilities in the area (i.e. Seton, St. David's), if I turned down the offer now, would it hurt me in the future?
What should I expect/negotiate for $/hr with my exp and certs?
Anyone have any info or exp with Westlake, Austin Surgical Hospital (now known as Austin Arise Medical Center), Brackenridge, Central Park Surgery Center, Stonegate Surgery Center?
Any of these facilities have issues with getting you your hours?
How are the benefits?
Are there any facilities that will be optimal for getting more scrub exp?
Would it be crazy if offered a FT position with Brackenridge, to also take on a PRN job with one of the other facilities mentioned above?
Anyone have exp with going from a level III to a level I trauma facility? If so, how was it?
How beneficial would it be in the long run for my career to have a Level I trauma facility under my belt?
Any insight anyone can offer would mean a lot. I really want to find a place to grow with, a place that sees value in their nurses and overall become an even better OR nurse.