New grad looking for the best hospital

  1. Hi everyone! Graduation is right around the corner and Im ready to start putting in applications. I now work at a great hospital where things are clean and organized, pay is decent, ratios are anywhere from 1:4 to 1:6 depending on unit and callouts (except ICU is 1:2), and best of my coworkers are friendly and respectful (most of them anyways).

    Problem is, I dont care for the town so much and I want to move somewhere new. Im looking for some nurses to offer up some names of hospitals that are good to work for. I mainly am looking for good people, good insurance, good pay, etc. I can move anywhere in the country that I want, preferably somewhere near mountains, lakes, rivers or ocean (or both) with a mild to cool climate. I hate heat and humidity. Id prefer to live in a suburb or rural area, but if theres enough outdoor things to do and living is affordable, Id look into a city.

    There are so many jobs out there advertised that I dont know where to start. Im also afraid that all the enticing with sign on bonuses and tuition repayment is just a ruse to get me roped into working for a bad hospital.

    So nurses, if you love your hospital.....give me a shout!
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    About kat29, MSN

    Joined: Oct '04; Posts: 64; Likes: 18
    ICU, Simulation Lab Coordinator, ADN Faculty
    Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in MICU, SICU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU,

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  3. by   Medic2RN
    I hate heat and humidity.
    I know you wouldn't be interested in Texas!
  4. by   EricJRN
    Yep - no heat and humidity would knock out all of the hospitals on my list unfortunately.
  5. by   777RNThatsMe
    You should check into San Fran.... northern cal for milder weather. Everywhere else is gonna give you too cold or too hot.
  6. by   777RNThatsMe
    I hear ya on the sign on thing as well.....same here. Scary huh?
  7. by   barbyann
    My hospital in Stamford, CT offers everything you are looking for in a work place. Also, we are 30 min. away from NYC, have beautiful Long Island Sound, and usually not to hot nor too cold. Pay is good, staff is friendly, Magnet status. Big shortage here, always jobs available.

    The downside....cost of living is outrageous. Rents through the roof. Average home price $800,000.

    You might want to "travel" here and try it out. That way you would get housing costs covered by your agency. I work with quite a few "travelers" that have made this their last assignment and gone on to call this home.
  8. by   P_RN
    hey humidity and heat here in sc.....but no snow and we have myrtle beach and charleston.
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from kat29
    Hi everyone! Graduation is right around the corner and Im ready to start putting in applications. I now work at a great hospital where things are clean and organized, pay is decent, ratios are anywhere from 1:4 to 1:6 depending on unit and callouts (except ICU is 1:2), and best of my coworkers are friendly and respectful (most of them anyways).

    Problem is, I dont care for the town so much and I want to move somewhere new. Im looking for some nurses to offer up some names of hospitals that are good to work for. I mainly am looking for good people, good insurance, good pay, etc. I can move anywhere in the country that I want, preferably somewhere near mountains, lakes, rivers or ocean (or both) with a mild to cool climate. I hate heat and humidity. Id prefer to live in a suburb or rural area, but if theres enough outdoor things to do and living is affordable, Id look into a city.

    There are so many jobs out there advertised that I dont know where to start. Im also afraid that all the enticing with sign on bonuses and tuition repayment is just a ruse to get me roped into working for a bad hospital.

    So nurses, if you love your hospital.....give me a shout!
    Where are you living now? I think I want to work there so I can work at the hospital you describe.
  10. by   gonzo1
    Sounds like you work at a fantastic place. You are going to get a lot of posters asking where you are. We should all be so lucky.
    That said, stay where you are for a year and get the experience then be a travel nurse and you can check out conditions around the country before you make a final choice.

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