Methodist is very good -esp Germantown (and actually the main location "University" doesn't do L&D anyway. St. Francis is pretty good - the Bartlett facility is very nice. The main location is staring a renovation so it will be nicer down the road.
Baptist is a pretty hospital - but considered to have very high nurse
t ratios from all the agency and former nurses I have ever talked to (plus my classmates who intern there have plenty of stories) not sure how L&D is tho.
The new grad pay is roughly $21.00 hr with bedside diff. Nights range from 3.75-4.00/hr. Weekends avg about the same. You could probably try for a weekender if you like that type of schedule. Pay avg to roughly $40/hr on a strict weekender program.
As far as I know all the Memphis hospitals do loan repayments of $250 month. St. Francis is unlimited in how much they pay back..others are up to 9000. I am pretty sure they all pay for continuing education. St. Francis is part of Tenet and I think they have ADN-BSN you can do online for free..otherwise they reimburse at University of Memphis rates.
Sorry I do not know about the ratio for L&D. I do know in Jackson it's 2:5 ratio in L&D as that is where I did my L&D clinicals.
I do not know of signing bonuses--- BUT considering you are relocating I would ASK if they pay for relocation. I had checked into that on the other side of the state and was told I could get like 4,000 for moving and could use it for whatever expenses I wished..can't hurt to ask!
I am sure the pay is much lower than LA of course - but it's the best in our state as far as I'm aware. I think the avg homeprice in Memphis is only around 125,000 so your $ will go much farther.
I HTH some! Welcome to TN (any reason why Memphis tho?)