I've been here in Mobile for about 6 years, but only one year as an RN. The hospital you want depends on the job you want. At Springhill Hospital, they hav an excellent cardiology program, and electronic charting. That's where I did my preceptorship. It's a more upscale hospital in a nice part of town across from Springhill College. With any of the Infirmary Hospitals, you get higher pay.....I've never worked for one, but I hear they work you to death. They are the biggest hospitals. Infirmary main campus is in an ok part of town, lots of doctors offices and stuff around, about 5 minutes from downtown. Thomas Hospital on the Eastern Shore is by a lot of good fishing on the bay, only been there once when a friend had her baby there. Providence Hospital is out in the western suburbs, a nice place to live, catholic hospital, made in a round circle. Instead of hallways, all of your patients would be within a few steps of each other. They offer a new grad internship where you go to class and float around the entire hospital for about 6 months. USA is the teaching hospital, not a great part of town (it's not on campus). You'll see a lot, especially in the ED, it's the trauma hospital and sees a lot of shootings, car wrecks, etc. but it's probably a great place to learn I would think.
If you decide to come live here, most apartments are ok. You can see if you drive thru them which ones are not safe. In west mobile there are a lot of great apartments, they're all pretty much 550-600 for a one bedroom, and then on up for multiple bedrooms. As always, check police reports before you move somewhere; you may be surprised.
So what's the deal with birmingham anyway? Why no jobs?