Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville is a pretty nice hospital. Greenville is just a short drive from Atlantic Beach (maybe 2 hours or so). Has a temperate climate (shirt-sleeve weather today) and people are very friendly. Very seldom will you encounter pt's such as the ones on "this nurse's" posts. The hospital offers a variety of specialities, generous sign on bonuses, fair salaries, will help with relocation and further education. Actually the salary I make at PCMH is one of the best in the area. Cost of living is reasonable--however, area is economically depressed and other good-paying jobs are scarce. Has reasonably-priced insurance for staff. Doctors are generally nice to work with (there always will be those few that are rude and arrogant wherever you go). Most of the time, nurses are respected by the doctors and there is a collegial atmosphere, conducive to learning. Has clinical ladder program, great preceptorship/orientation (12 weeks for new grads in ICU units). Is hiring new grads right into ICU's. My advice would be to stay away from the general medical or surgical floors. You have 6 patients on dayshift and 8 at night
--way too many, way too sick patients, way too busy. Can't keep these floors staffed (for good reason); so don't get sucked into that. Of the intermediate floors, the cardiac intermediate unit is great--the others are just plain horrid (medical intermediate/surgical intermediate--you may end up with 4 patients on a vent in these places
). You may enjoy the ICU's--the cardiac intensive care unit is the best (IMHO), but also have a cardiac-surgical intensive care unit (doctors are mean, nurses can be, too), a medical intensive care unit and a neuro-trauma intensive care unit (also GREAT unit) -- all offering positions. Staffing ratio is great in the ICU's--two patients per nurse. Floating charge. Lot's of support when you need it, day or night. Don't know much about the children's hospital. I do know, however, that the NICU nurses can be brutal to new grads, so beware.
L& D and birthing center are good floors with supportive nurses.