0Hey y'all! There is a possibility I could be moving to the El Paso, Las Cruces area and was wondering if any of you had advice on what hospitals to work at. I'm an Emergency Room nurse with 1.5 years experience. If any of you practicing in the area can tell me anything I would appreciate it! What's the typical hourly pay for both full timers and PRN? Which hospitals are the best as far as how they treat their nurses? Which ones are the worst? What is the patient population like?
I'm also bilingual and the hospital I currently work at pays more if you translate, I know Spanish is a preferred language down there to be hired, do nurses who speak it typically get an incentive to translate?
This is for LC where I live and have worked in the ER at one of the two major hospitals as a newer nurse.
What's the typical hourly pay for both full timers and PRN? $29-31 with 1.5 yr exp, PRN $40
Which hospitals are the best as far as how they treat their nurses? ...of the two main hospitals? neither
Which ones are the worst? both. unsafe, money-driven, toxic work environments, HEAVILY overworked nurses. stories of tele nurses getting 8,9,10 patients. one thing you'll hear endlessly: "SORRY WE ARE SHORT STAFFED TODAY" chronic problem, leaving fewer nurses to pick up more work. your license will be put at risk at least once a month in the ER with the things they have you do/not do with patients.
What is the patient population like? lots of very low income medicaid ppl, lots of spanish speaking only (no incentive for speaking spanish). some older retirement ppl.
nurse population here is 85% local, they never leave and work environment is like high school reunion that never ended. everyone knows each other, and nurses switch hospitals based on what the new sign-on bonuses are and who just increased the RN pay.
City life in las cruces is an absolute joke, there's nothing to do but work. Honest to God, avoid Las Cruces at all costs.
El Paso has some good hospitals, don't know anything about the city itself. similar if not slightly lower pay for nurse with your experience ($28-31).