So for after months of feeling like I had bitten off more than I could chew; I am finally loving my job in rural nursing. I work at a CAH with 2 ER/ Trauma bays and 16 bed Acute Wing half of which is usually occupied with swing bed patients. We also have surgical facilities, and will soon be doing total knee replacements. No OB, except for the rare emergent delivery. I spent the bulk of the first year taking patients on the floor, usual patient load is 3 pt/nurse. Which is wonderful, as I feel like we can give great nursing care. I am now orienting to charge/ER nurse and I love the variety. We will move to a brand new facility in the fall and are updating to computer charting and all policies and procedures have been reviewed and updated. We also have great staffing and we staff 2 RN's 2 LPN's and a ward clerk and paramedic each shift. Our ER tends to be very busy, we do an average of 2 transfers a day. I can't think of a better way to start your nursing career than in a rural hospital. Pay is competitive with the big hospitals in our state and so are the benefits. I took a huge risk and moved from a large city back to my home town with my husband and children, but I am so very glad I did. It was a great choice for all of us. Please consider rural nursing, it is by far one of the most diverse and rewarding settings you may experience.
Dec 25, '10
Dear all rural nurses,
Hope you guys enjoy the Christmas...
I am new here..and Dec new grad with BSN from Texas..
I have been looking for a job since October but haven't found any.
Now I am considering to get a rural nursing job in any area....I am willing to relocate anywhere..as I am single without a kid/husband...
Where can I find a rural nursing job?
Should I sign up with a staffing agency for that?
Poor new grad is desperately looking for a job to pay off tution loan@@
I chose this nursing degree as the second degree for better life.....I never thought it would be this hard....So frustrating....
Anyone can share your successful story with me?
SSJJ from Texas
Last edit by SSJJ on Dec 25, '10