Anyone in Tennessee??? - page 2

Just wondering if there were any nurses or nursing students here from Tennessee? Thanks, Sandy.... Read More

  1. by   NurseDennie
    Hi all -

    Yes, Opryland is GONE! Gaylord wasn't making enough $$$$$ so they bulldozed the whole thing and put up a mondo outlet mall. It's horrid, I hope they go entirely BROKE! They also moved the Grand Ole Opry back to the Ryman, because it was getting in the way of the Gaylord stuff at the new Opryhouse. WSM (If you're not into country music, you've never heard of it, but if you are, you've heard of it all over this country and several others) apparenly is seriously considering going to a sports-talk format.

    Still (so far) no state income tax in TN, but the guv and everybody on capitol hill want it really bad.

    Nashville isn't my favorite place to live, but it's certainly far from being the worst!!


  2. by   trishfish
    I live in a tiny town in southern, middle Tennessee. We are moving to Murfreesboro when I graduate (120 days ). DH works in Smyrna and I hope to work either in Murfreesboro or Nashville.

    I HATE OPRY MILLS!!! I wish we still had Opryland.

  3. by   SueTN
    I live in Tennessee, just south of Nashville. I work in the ER department at the hospital that I work at. I am going to school to become a R.N. and I am taking my pre-reqs right now.

  4. by   misti_z
    Hello everyone!

    I too live in Tennessee. I am a RN in Chattanooga.
  5. by   Furball
    I remember driving past Centennial (sic) park as a kid covering my eyes and complaining about the nude statues inside the colluseum. I would be SOOO embarrassed walking by those statues with my parents. lol
  6. by   Bonnie Blue
    MistiZ Chattanooga rocks! I miss it. I used to row with Lookout Rowing Club on the river, had season tickets to the symphony etc. Miss Best China in East Ridge.

    Nashville isn't bad, tho I don't get out much being a student. The cost of living is higher here for sure.

    Yes, we have no income tax but the state is broke! An income tax probably wouldn't fix it I know but the money's gotta come from somewhere. A complete restructuring would be better. I would also love to see the sales tax on food reduced.
  7. by   studentnurse_02
    Hey- i am from Tennessee... about an hour south of nashville.
  8. by   NurseDennie
    Hey, congrats Studentnurse02! Welcome to the ... Ummm.... whatever we have here.... (G).

    Bonnie - did you see that some indicators show that more money was coming in to TN than than the gov's forecast? This whole thing is just weird, if you ask me!

    I was in Indiana when they added the state income tax and took the tax off of food. It went pretty smoothly, I thought.


  9. by   misti_z
    I think Chattanooga is great too! A beautiful town....very scenic!

    Good night to all....

    P.S. I live in East Ridge and love Best China, too.
  10. by   CPA2RN
    Hi! Wow what a great post. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only Tennessean here! I live in Nashville and really like it. I moved from Oklahoma in 98 for my then job as an accountant. I just started an ADN program this week and am totally freaking out. I have no idea what to expect or what to study. I only have about 1,000 pages assigned for my first test on 2/1. Yikes!!! For those of you in Nashville, which hospital do you think is the best as far as nurse work conditions? I heard St Thomas and Baptist were good and to stay away from all the Tri-Star facilities. Do you agree?

  11. by   NurseDennie
    HI and welcome CPA2RN - another second-career nursey!! Are you really a CPA? Will you be able to deal with the cut in income? I thought I'd be okay, but as my kids got older and needed more expensive stuff, it's gotten harder and harder.

    I was brought up in the entertainment industry, and "my" part of it was information systems. I was the computer lady among all the so-called stars, for a long time.

    What nursing program are you in?

    I wouldn't mind talking with you about hospitals, but I don't know if this is the place. I know people who have had good and bad experiences in all of them. Of course, there are some places where I've heard more good or more bad than others......

    I hope the money thing isn't a big problem for you and that you have a great time in school, and really enjoy being a nurse. I've found that the bonds of the relationships and friendships I made in nursing school have been a LOT tighter than the ones I've made in other schools.


  12. by   CPA2RN
    Thanks Dennie for the info. I understand about the hospital thing, no biggie. Yes, I am a CPA, was in accounting since 97. I couldn't stand it. I figured out real quick after I got a real job that I am much more a people person than I am a sit at your desk by yourself person. Nothing about it intrigued me which I guess should've been a big red flag for me, but I think I was just too young to know better. I really think after my experience it is a good idea for a young person to get out into the real world and figure out who they are and what they like before going to college. I know many would disagree with me there though.

    I am super excited about getting into nursing. It is something I have been really thinking about for a few years. I feel like God kept calling me back to it so I finally just stepped out in faith. We didn't know how exactly we (I'm married) were going to make it financially, but we knew somehow we would and will. It has been a big adjustment without my salary. My husband is a Firefighter here in Nashville and makes decent money but not a lot. We really scaled back a lot to be able to do this. Each time money gets really tight God comes through for us and the money comes in from somewhere we didn't expect. I'm in the Columbia State program in Franklin which is really pretty reasonable.

    I looked at your website and see you are in neuro. I am thinking about L&D .

    Great talking with you!
  13. by   NurseDennie
    Grrrrrr -my reply didn't post.

    I wanted to do L&D too. Lovely speciality, there's always a lot of competition for it. I lean toward St. Thomas, but they don't birth babies there, so there you have it. At Baptist, they do a million of them! Baptist and St. Thomas "merged" this year, so it'll be interesting to see what happens there.

    L&D has some built-in constraints that tend to work out well compared to other services, and the nurses I've met in L&D at Baptist are happier than the nurses on other services. I had a friend who worked at Baptist and routinely had 17 acute care patients. I've met nurses who turned in their resignations after one day on the floor at Baptist, and went elsewhere to work. But St. Thomas is the one that had the big unionization "scare" last year. So go figure.

    I also know people who work at the Tristar hospitals who are perfectly happy in L&D, PP and even the newborn nursery. I had my second daughter at Suffering Hills, and had a MUCH better outcome than I did with the elder at Vanderbilt.

    You'll have a chance to see something of many of these hospitals as you go through your nursing clinicals. Keep your eyes open and network and you'll find out what you want to know by the time you're ready to make a decision.

    Welcome to nursing - you sound like you'll really enjoy it. Not to take anything away from CPA's but isn't it irritating that nurses make SO much less money? Okay, there are other obvious differences, and CPA's have a lot of responsibility, but it's just money. You'll now be making life and death decisions every day of your professional life. But at least you'll get to ask almost everbody you meet "When was your last BM?" LOL

    Best luck