Moving to San Antonio......advice on hospitals - page 3

Hello all, I am going to be relocating to the San Antonio area and have found there is a large number of health systems and hospitals. I find this somewhat overwhelming and was hoping to gain... Read More

  1. Visit  RN4LOVE} profile page
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    My uncle was a patient there, and he didn't have anything good to say about the VA. I don't remember everything he said about it, but I do remember him saying that "it's very unorganized." I can't tell you what exactly that is referring to, but when does "being unorganized" ever good?

    juuust my two cents!
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  3. Visit  CalmNurse} profile page
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    argo,

    thank you for saving me from jumping out of the frying pan into the fire! up to 8 (probably high acuity) patients per nurse , and i assume, frequent mandatory overtime? no way! sounds like a recipe for burnout to me.

    again, thank you for saving me from making a big mistake. i had my concerns, but just needed independent confirmation.

    sometimes, the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence... :icon_roll
  4. Visit  myrose} profile page
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    Have you tried Santa Rosa? It is a great hospital with great people. It is hard to get in as a new grad but if you are experienced it is a lot easier.
  5. Visit  MedChica} profile page
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    Quote from Argo
    I have been in San Antonio for a number of years. Here is my scoop on the hospitals... Of the major hospital systems - Baptist will pay you the most but they also have the most nurses that are unhappy with them and leave quicker, hince the higher pay rate. Santa Rosa pays the least but has very good employee approval from people I know that work there. Methodist pays in the middle of the line and people like working for the system. They all pay based on years of experience and do not negotiate too much with you on pay.

    Smaller hospitals are around also. I work at one of them that was mentioned above. They pay a little more because people bad talk them and they dont have as much applicant power.... My hospital pays quite well compared to anyone in town, if you want to know PM me. I have been with them for 10 years, they have their pros and cons but I love the people that I work with so I could say I am happy with the place. I would say at the smaller facilities you will get $3-5/hr more than at the bigger systems.
    The VA pays alot because everyone there hates it......
    I agree with everything you're saying.

    Concerning the Baptist, I 'hear' similar things from my aunt. She doesn't have a problem with the hospital. She just has a very lukewarm impression of the place.
    But it's a teaching hospital - so, that could be a bonus for new grads.

    The VA...is a hot mess...
    NEXT -->

    I kid, I kid. The VA's okay.
    @RN4LOVE, I have a few vets in the family. None of them really like it.
    ....and yet, everytime you turn around, there they are.
    At the VA. Hanging out.
    The VA is where it's at, ya'll! It's an old veteran hangout.
    It's like Country Towne Buffet, the BX and the base pharmacy rolled into one.
    I take the words of my relatives w/a grain of salt. Some of them are pretty...ornery.
    They could go to BAMC or Wilford Hall...nope. They go VA, complaining all the while.
    So, I doubt that it's that bad.
    Anyway, the VA isn't bad enough to stop me from working there. I'll talk pooh but...if they offered me a position? I'd scream, "I'LL TAKE IT!!" and report to work feasting on crow.

    I see mention of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa? I'd like to work there. Their new facility on 151 westover (by seaworld) is very nice. My aunt was a pt in 09 and said that the nurses were pleasant.
    Met a nurse who worked there. She likes her job. I suppose the smaller salary doesn't much matter?
    ...and honestly, I could deal with being paid less in a nice environment vs earning more than average while dealing with no support.
    I know that everyone has bills to pay but too many folks make too much of money. Money is just 'tool'. It doesn't matter; just seems like it.
    Meanwhile, there's something to be said for 'quality of life'....y'know?
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    I am a new grad at Christus Santa Rosa downtown. As far as I know Christus isn't a lower paying hospital. I am getting paid 2 1/2 dollars more an hour than my peers who went to Baptist and Methodist. I was always told during school that Christus was one of the higher paying hospitals???
  7. Visit  PurpleRN26} profile page
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    Hello Argo! I've noticed you have a lot to say about the hospitals in San antonio. i just relocated here couple of days ago and got an apartment in the medical center. im trying to apply in methodist hospital - med center, st luke's and christus santa rosa either medical centr or main in downtown. im applying under Medical/Surgical ICU. Which icu dept could u recommend? i would want to work in a unit with great staff and good working environment, less nurse patient ratio? i dont mind the pay so long as im happy. I intend to get a 2nd job later on so i dont want to get burnt out very early knowing how stressful life in ICU could be. some friends recommend Lifecare too, on the side. hope u could share with me some ideas. thanks a lot!
  8. Visit  Genu9ine} profile page
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    I know this is a fairly old post, but I'd love some information on University Hospital in San Antonio and their Women's Services units. I find alot of information on the other hospitals here, but very little about University.
  9. Visit  PurpleRN26} profile page
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    Hello Genu9ine... im sorry i dont have any info about the University Hosp. i hope u could share with me your opinion about other hospitals here. i am looking into applying with methodist hosp, st lukes or christus under medical icu. i just relocated here. thanks
  10. Visit  Dottie, RN} profile page
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    Hello everyone! This thread has been very helpful, since I'm a new grad, just got my license, and now looking for a job. I've already sent several applications to Christus, Baptist, and University, and from what I understand, new RNs have to go through a residency program at Methodist, so I'm waiting until that date to apply there. Does anyone know if it's difficult to get in at Methodist?

    Also thought about applying to the other hospitals like the Nix, etc. I also posted my resume on Monster and Careerbuilder, and got one response from an agency, but not certain if I want to find a job through an agency. I would rather wait a few weeks to see if I hear from the hospitals first before getting help through an agency. What do ya'll know about agency nursing? What are your thoughts?

    This has been a little nerve-wracking because it seems like most places want nurses with experience. It's been a week since I got my license, so I'm very anxious and excited to begin my career!

    Thanks!!
  11. Visit  RNLucille} profile page
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    Hi bzt96,

    I need your help in the form of advice. I am really stressed out in the middle of working for two companies. One is Metropolitan Methodist Hospital's ED. Are you still there and could you give me any advice on this place, location, position? Did you like it, are you happy, is the staff out to get you type of attitude or is it team work? I am sure you are a busy person and your help is really really appreciated. I have to make a decision ASAP and I am so stressed out. I am not from the area and don't have people I can ask. Thanks!
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    Quote from bzt96
    I am a newish nurse and I work at Methodist. I work in the ED. Its hectic, but I work with great people.The new management seems to want to make it a great place to work. I know some of my fellow recent graduates also work here in different depts. They all seem happy except one or two who work on the med/surg area. They start new grads out at $20 but if you have exp, the pay does go up.

    And even though we are not the county hospital ( University), we see a LOT of heart attacks and strokes. We just dont see much trauma. I was told when I was hired that Methodist ED was the only No divert hospital in SA. Since I have been there we have not closed our doors to any ambulance or person, no matter how many are stacked up. Also, we dont have patients waiting in the ED for 24+ hrs.

    Is it the perfect place to work? Nope. But I doubt there is an utopia out there.


    I need your help in the form of advice. I am really stressed out in the middle of working for two companies. One is Metropolitan Methodist Hospital's ED. Are you still there and could you give me any advice on this place, location, position? Did you like it, are you happy, is the staff out to get you type of attitude or is it team work? I am sure you are a busy person and your help is really really appreciated. I have to make a decision ASAP and I am so stressed out. I am not from the area and don't have people I can ask. Thanks!

    Also, how is the evaluation/pay raise from nurse 2 to nurse 3?


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