Banner Desert Medical Center

  1. Hi I'm an RN relocating to Arizona this coming May 2008.I accepted a job offer from Banner Desert Medical Center to work in adult ICU.I'd like to know if their ICU is really busy and what can you say about the staff?Is it ok to use any kind of scrubs to work? Pls help me guys ....all feedback will be greatly appreciated! Can you also suggest a good apartment complex.Thanks!
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  3. by   RainDreamer
    Congrats on the new job and welcome to AZ!

    I can't give any info on the unit or the kind of scrubs .... I'd contact the nurse mananger and/or nurse recruiter to ask about the kinds of scrubs.

    Banner Desert is in Mesa, which is in the east valley. So I would look for apartments in that area ..... Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, etc.
  4. by   Calzonan RN
    I have a friend that works at Banner Desert in the PICU, as far as I know they're still wearing their own scrubs. Some of the Banner hospitals have gone to uniform scrubs, but not Desert as far as I know. I can't tell you about the staff, but can say it's a very busy hospital. As far as apartment complexes, I'd stay away from any real close to the hospital (not the best area of town). A couple of my friends live in an apartment complex that is brand new and off of Higley and the 202. It's not right near Banner Desert, but it's right off the freeway and easy to get to. It's also in a nice area of town (Gilbert). Will you have time to take a trip out and look around?
    Good luck with your move and welcome to AZ,
  5. by   coffeeaddict78
    Thanks guys for taking the time to give your feedback.I'm not sure if I will be able to visit the place prior to relocation but i'm hoping that i will be able to do that.What about Waterstone Apts in Mesa? How's the nurse -pt ratio in adult ICU? I'm both anxious and excited to move.I just hope that I made the right decision!
  6. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from coffeeaddict78
    Thanks guys for taking the time to give your feedback.I'm not sure if I will be able to visit the place prior to relocation but i'm hoping that i will be able to do that.What about Waterstone Apts in Mesa? How's the nurse -pt ratio in adult ICU? I'm both anxious and excited to move.I just hope that I made the right decision!
    Where is Waterstone Apartments? Do you know the crossroads or anything? There are a TON of apartment complexes, but if you have a general idea of where it's located we can give you an idea of how the area is.
  7. by   madwife2002
    I believe most if not all the ICU units in Phoenix are busy. Welcome to Phoenix and enjoy the summer, at least you will have a few weeks to get accustomed to the weather.
  8. by   coffeeaddict78
    Waterstone Apts is located in S Dobson Rd. Mesa,Az.I believe it's just near Banner Desert.Any apartment complex that you guys can recommend?Thanks again!
  9. by   RainDreamer
    I agree with Keli, in that I'd stay away from anything real close to the hospital. It's not the best area of town. It's not dangerous, it actually looks pretty nice and you feel safe (there's a big hospital, big community college, and a mall right in that general area). But personally, I wouldn't live right in that area.

    Check out this website:
    http://www.apartmentratings.com/

    I'll PM you with some areas that you might want to check out.
  10. by   MassagetoRN
    My bf works security at that hospitals and tells me the staff is great. I live in the immediate area and its fine. A bit northeast of there is shady, but north, south and east of the hospital is fine. Waterstone is actually a nice complex, never been inside the apartments though. I am an a AZ native and love it here, hope you will too! PS, look into buying a home here, prices are low and the valley is an awesome place to live.
  11. by   qaqueen
    I work in the NICU at Banner Desert. We are all still wearing our own scrubs, although that is slated to change in 200.

    The Waterstone is nice. Like most places there are good and bad areas. South of the hospital is better than north.

    I live in Tempe, about 3 miles away. If you want statistics on crime check out this link:
    http://www.azcentral.com/CrimeMaps/m...mesearch2.html

    the zip code of the waterstone is 85202.

    The area is nice looking and there is a police station almost next door to the apts.
  12. by   qaqueen
    OOPs, slated to change in 2009.:icon_roll
  13. by   RainDreamer
    I agree that south of that area is better than north ..... try and look south of the 60.
  14. by   freezebabyRN
    Wow,
    I amazed at they hired that far out (4 months or so)! Good to know because my hubby and I are looking to relocate to AZ (too cold in WI). He would have to probably find a job first in GIS stuff, and I'm hoping it would be easier for me to get a job in nursing, but after reading some of these posts it looks like people are having a hard time getting jobs in AZ in nursing that is, BUT I'm willing to work shift work too!
    Some of my family lives in CA and they have some family in Mesa. They said Mesa is a wonderful place along with Gilbert. I also heard Chandler is good. I'm hoping to find a location with great school districts. Do you guys have all year round schools like CA? We are Sept through beginning of June.

    Good luck with your new job!

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