Hi. Haven't been on in awhile, and haven't looked at WV forum even longer. Have to get around to that.
Morgantown is a nicer town than it looks. Low crime rate, decent schools
. Housing is cheaper than NYC. Otherwise cost of living is moderate. Did OB clinicals at Mon Gen. Couldn't tell a lot from that, but on the whole it looks okay. I've known a couple of people who've worked there and none who really hated it. I've been at Ruby for years--it's the only facility I've actually worked in, so it's hard to compare--but I usually don't hate it, either. I genuinely believe mgt wants us to be happy. Sometimes that means encouraging you to turn that frown upside down, sometimes stuff really happens. I suspect that's true of a lot of places. The atmosphere varies a bit from unit to unit, but it isn't toxic.
Staffing is 1:6 for general med-surg, 1:3 stepdown. 1:6 tends to be pretty busy. Pay is around $24/hr, base starting, which isn't bad for our area. It's a teaching hospital, which I like; Magnet, which doesn't seem to mean much of anything; and kinda the biggest deal in the state. The state has numerous smaller, community hospitals that send cases to us, so you see some variety. Stroke center, Trauma center.
I'm happy enough, but I'm pretty good at turning that frown upside down. Still, most of the people I work with aren't miserable, and some who are might be miserable anywhere.
Traffic in Mo'town sucks, and is worse now. Home football games are the pits. We use the stadium parking lots most of the time, but on game days have to park and hike. Still, from what I've heard, free parking is a perk.
If I knew when I started what I know now, I'd probably still be here.
ETA: the chances of getting hired at Ruby seem to be quite a bit better than a lot of places I've heard of. Exp definitely helpful. Most hiring occurs June and December, but possible anytime.