Columbia SC Hospitals?? - page 2

Hi all, I am a senior nursing student with 1 1/2 semesters left til graduation. My hubby and I want to move to Columbia SC next year. I was wondering if anyone has any information about the hospitals there. Are there any that... Read More

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    The pay is pretty much the same for new grads (the earlier post was right on with what palmetto health pays), so it's important to look at what kind of place you want to work at. I am a soon to be new grad and have recently interviewed with all of the hospitals in the area. It seems like you will learn a lot more if you go with palmetto health, but if you want to work at a place with a "faith-based" mission then Providence is your place. I do like Lexington a lot but to be honest Im probably looking at Richland due to I am more interested in trauma and Lexington really doesnt deal with that, they will send them to Richland. Good luck!!

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    Thanks for your post. That gives me some good insight. I was really interested in Lexington due to it's proximity to where we want to move to. I wanted to know if it was a decent place to work. Do you know what services Lexington offers? If no trauma, then probably no critical care? Do they do more Med-Surg, day surgery, etc? That is not what I'm looking for as a new grad.

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    To MUSCgrad2007,

    Thanks for the great information. Out of curiosity, where did you decide to go? Hospital? Unit? I have < 2 months til graduation and will be starting the same process soon.
    Thanks again!
    Last edit by TangoLima on Mar 12, '08
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    Lexington has been trying for open heart authorization for several years, but so far the credentialing authority hasn't approved it.

    Richland and Providence both have heart hospitals attached. They are only about 2 miles apart. Lex. does have critical care units just not major trauma. They are only a few feet from I-26 and about 4 miles from I-20 so you will get some "lesser trauma" as if ANY trauma is lesser.. Palmetto Baptist is mainly a general hospital, with a great OB reputation. It's in downtown and is my personal favorite as a patient.

    Lexington also does some neurosurgery, but again Richland holds the majority of NS there.

    Providence has a satellite -80 or so bed hospital in the Northeast area of Columbia with maternity, ortho and neuro surgery. I had my shoulder surgery there. Pretty hospital.
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    Providence Northeast also has an emergency department.
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    I was wondering where TangoLima and MUSCgrad2007 ended up working and how they like it?

    I am graduating in a few months and would like to work on a surgical floor while I'm working on my BSN. I'm looking at either the Lexington Medical Center RN residency program or Palmetto Health Richland 8 East I think that's the general surgery floor. I want to go somewhere that has a good reputation for onboarding new grad RNs. I hope to stay whereever I go for at least two years while I work on my BSN and then go to a med/surg tele and eventually CCU/ICU/MICU.

    Any insight from others would be helpful!
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    Is the night shift differentials still the same today?
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    Anyone know current starting salary for new grad nurses in Palmetto?
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    Palmetto's hourly rate for new grads is still $18.90.
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    wow, 2 years later and pay is still $18.90?
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