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- Apr 19, '06 by mmsmith74I worked there before and it is a hell hole. The place I stayed was so unsafe and the hospital conditons were horrible.
- Dec 18, '06 by CJ777Quote from sarahjonam22Glad things went well. "the man of your dreams" Congrats! How long did it take to get your license processed? ThanksHey Christine! Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I did indeed just finish up my 3 month assignment in St. Thomas at Roy Lester Schneider Hospital. If you are serious about taking an assignment there, I would really take careful consideration especially if you work in the med/surg area. RLS Hospital is definitely one of the worst, if not the worst, hospitals I have ever worked in. Pardon my truthfulness and bluntness but I definitely feel future travelers need to be well-informed of what to expect. I worked on the medical floor. When I first got there the whole hospital was coming off a staffing crisis over the holidays. The acuity of the patients on medical was terribly high and they were still pretty short staffed as well as consistently full census. Therefore, each nurse got anywhere between 7-9 patients on night shift. You must know though that I had just come from a year in California where nurse/patient ratio laws are mandated so it definitely was new and shocking to me. Regardless, the hospital on the whole is quite outdated, equipment is old and doesn't work half the time, and most importantly, the permanent staff tend to throw a lot of attitude and laziness. It definitely got better and towards the end of my assignment I was down to 4-6 patients, the medical floor got a lot more tame. I never did get used to the people down there, there is quite a culture shock for the entire island on the whole. I could go on and on but I must tell you that what helped me get through the 3 months is the beauty of the island, the island hopping, the other travel nurses I met and became fantastic friends with (and the man of my dreams I met and am still currently with). The nightlife is fun and you'll definitely experience island life here. The housing my company set me up was great. What company are you going through? I know very few send travelers to St. Thomas. Let me know if you need a company and recruiter. Professional Nursing Services is who I went through and my recruiter Jolene Buck was great. I can refer you if you would like. The licensure process is a joke but there were specific reasons for that. But people down there are just more laid back...WAY laid back. Anyway, let me know if I can answer anymore questions. Hope this helps with your decision making process. I did enjoy it greatly but not for the work.
Hope to hear from you soon,
- Jul 17, '07 by CCTRAVELERAre You Still A Traveler? Am Just Starting And Would Like Any Info You'd Like To Share Thanks
- Jul 17, '07 by CCTRAVELERWould Greatly Appreciate Any Travel Info Thanks You've Got
- Jul 22, '07 by iLovemyJackRTSarah, is professional nursing services the company you went through to work at the virgin islands..I want to travel to the carribean so badly...did they offer any other carribean destinations, I would love to hear back from you !!!
- Aug 21, '07 by redrubyslippersI see that this is quite an old thread...but if I may, add a lil info here. I am originally from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas..in the Virgin Islands. I have been living in the states for about 10 years.....and yes I do have experience with the RLS hospital. It is not "third world", however the lack of funding, lack of supplies, medication...linen, PILLOWS...etc. will shock you...the when and if and should-a-would-a-could-a attitude that you will experience there, as a non islander leaves alot to be desired....things change, but from what I understand, not very much. You must first prepare yourself for Island time. Things are done when they can get done....kind of attitude...I delivered my first born there...and that experience was not a good one....if you are interested in going, I suggest you bring a friend with you. Do your research... Island life is not all peaches and cream especially if you do not know your way around. Perhaps what is needed is alot of dedicated hard working nurses who really want to make that change...in turning things around. I don't want to discourage anyone about going, because there are some wonderful perks to living and working in America's Paradise...but be careful...get everything in writing...
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- May 25, '08 by home3242I am planning to travel to St.Thomas with Trustaff. Any thoughts and where is the best housing. I am supposed to be working ICU.
- May 25, '08 by home3242Where is the best place to stay in ST. Thomas?
- Jun 30, '08 by aburlarAre you in St Thomas yet? I will be going there in mid-August and will also be in the ICU?
- Oct 5, '08 by lovemydogs1If anyone is traveling to St. Thomas I would recommend staying at Bolongo Bay. It makes working at the hospital bearable when you come home to paradise. My husband and I did a 13 week assignment there and I would be glad to offer any advice.