Conditions in Georgia?

  1. I live in Manitoba, and I'm thinking of moving to the south. Time to leave the nest of the prairies, I guess. I'd like to continue working in acute general surgery, but I'm a little anxious about working in some of the bigger (huge!) Hospitals in Atlanta. I was going to investigate some of the smaller cities such as Athens or Augusta...

    What can you tell me about the demand for nurses in Georgia, what working conditions tend to be like, and things I should watch out for as I investigate jobs? How easy is it to find a nice place to live?

    Any help is appreciated... thanks!
    Last edit by pebbles on Jan 30, '02
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  3. by   jrmcdoug2
    Put it this way....there are 114 RN II position at Emory University Hospital right now.

    Oh no unions
  4. by   kewlnurse
    So is that good or bad? A nurse i work with went down there to visit her daughter and stopped at Emory for a visit and to see what they would offer her, Somthing in the range of $25+/hour and full bennies? Sounds a lot better than here.
  5. by   pebbles
    I think part of it is the recruitment drive. It's even like that in canada - new nurses are offered their choice of vacation and they design their own rotation/schedules, even at the expense of nurses who have been working for years. Which means a lot of resentment from more senior nurses, and still no real solution to shortages! Because of unions they can't offer more pay to nurses who are new recruits, but other things are incentives too.

    I have to do my homework and find out what some of the REAL conditions are like, because I'm already getting calls from recruitment firms, and I know they'll only gloss it over and tell me the nice bits, right?

    Is mandatory overtime an issue there?
  6. by   jrmcdoug2
    Well to me, 114 nursing positions at the elite Emory Healthcare system is kinda bad. There are so many hospitals in the Atlanta Metro Area. And we have mandatory on-call at Crawford Long Hospital(part of emory).
  7. by   SharonH, RN
    There are at about 20 hospitals in the Atlanta area. It's really hard to say what the conditions are because they vary from hospital to hospital and from floor to floor. I can tell you that from what I've read the pay is about average (low-mid 20's hourly) depending on experience, specialty, and location. As far as nurseatient ratios, in the places I've worked it is usually about 1:5 or 6 on med-surg days and 1:6 or 7 on evenings and nights. I don't know of anyone who is doing mandatory overtime. Just like most places most of the hospitals utilize agency and pool. Agencys pay from $27/hr weekdays up to $45/hr weekends. I hope that helps, feel free to ask me about any specific hospital, I've worked at most of the biggies.