I work as an RN in knoxville currently. You pretty much have 3 hospital systems to choose from: UT ( a stand alone hospital), covenant, and tennova. For UT, you have to have a bachelors. Tennova is OK, but the company keeps getting bought out and they were on a hiring freeze for a while. Covenant owns most hospitals around there and is a pretty good company to work for. Don't expect pay to be impressive. Starting is 18.50 and you get the chance to go up a dollar once you have one year in. It is flooded with nurses, so finding a job can pose difficulty to some. We're flooded with nursing schools.