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loveadrenalinh_RN has 1 years experience as a ADN, BSN.

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I'm planning on moving to the DFW area soon from out of state. I just wanted to get a feel about workplace cultures & how you feel about working there, chances of job offers, and pay range for the area at the four main hospitals I plan to apply for:

-UT Southwestern
-Parkland
-Medical City 
-Baylor Scott & White

I have two years of medical ICU. If anyone can tell me how it's like at those places, it would be most helpful! I plan on working mainly in the ICU, but I want to try for a CVICU position if possible. Also, it would be SUPER HELPFUL if you can tell me what the RN scrub colors are (my current hospital we are burgundy/wine, so I'm pretty sure I have to buy new ones) so I can potentially start buying scrubs so it won't be a huge cost later on. 

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Generally scrubs in DFW for floor nurses are royal blue. It isn't 100% across the board but it is the vast majority.

As an experienced ICU nurse you probably won't have trouble finding a job at any of those facilities, though I would not move until you have one lined up.

Pay will be in the low to mid 30s/hr.

I have worked at 3 out of the 4 of those companies. All of them have their upsides and downsides. The culture varies widely unit to unit, even within the same company.

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loveadrenalinh_RN has 1 years experience as a ADN, BSN.

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Thank you for your info & response! I have a pretty good culture where I’m at, but’s it’s about time to be closer to the S.O. since he works a corporate job and cannot relocate. Was just curious about people’s opinions of the potential future workplaces since I’ll be new to the area.  I’m definitely coming up there for a week to go apartment searching about a little over a month ahead before the move & was planning to try to set most of the interviews during that week, at the very minimum for ICU units but striving for a SICU or CVICU. 

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Generally HCA has a worse reputation, being a for-profit hospital system. If you take a position with the Medical City brand, be sure you are happy with your pay rate going in. It won't change much after. Shortages on supplies is common; its a juggernaut of a system. Medical City Plano and Medical City Dallas are both in heavy growth phases, with MCDallas having added a new cardiac hospital recently and MCPlano achieving Trauma Level I status and opening a new burn unit.

UTSW, Baylor and Parkland are all not-for-profit systems. UTSW and Parkland both have pension programs, which is nice. Parkland's is instead of social security; UTSW takes both pension and SS out of your paycheck. Parkland generally has good nurse to patient ratios. Baylor has the best reputation for work environment (if you are talking "Big Baylor" or "Baylor Downtown"). Baylor is pretty well known for having lower wages than most. All three of those have a lot of longevity in a lot of their employees. UTSW is a teaching hospital and tends to have a higher "class" of patient. Parkland is a safety net hospital and primarily serves the marginalized, under-served and indigent populations in Dallas county. UTSW and Parkland have some overlap, as the UTSW medical students to internships, residencies and fellowships at Parkland. 

I don't know if this helps but is a bit of generic info for you to percolate over.

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loveadrenalinh_RN has 1 years experience as a ADN, BSN.

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On 3/4/2020 at 11:06 AM, Nurse SMS said:

Generally HCA has a worse reputation, being a for-profit hospital system. If you take a position with the Medical City brand, be sure you are happy with your pay rate going in. It won't change much after. Shortages on supplies is common; its a juggernaut of a system. Medical City Plano and Medical City Dallas are both in heavy growth phases, with MCDallas having added a new cardiac hospital recently and MCPlano achieving Trauma Level I status and opening a new burn unit.

UTSW, Baylor and Parkland are all not-for-profit systems. UTSW and Parkland both have pension programs, which is nice. Parkland's is instead of social security; UTSW takes both pension and SS out of your paycheck. Parkland generally has good nurse to patient ratios. Baylor has the best reputation for work environment (if you are talking "Big Baylor" or "Baylor Downtown"). Baylor is pretty well known for having lower wages than most. All three of those have a lot of longevity in a lot of their employees. UTSW is a teaching hospital and tends to have a higher "class" of patient. Parkland is a safety net hospital and primarily serves the marginalized, under-served and indigent populations in Dallas county. UTSW and Parkland have some overlap, as the UTSW medical students to internships, residencies and fellowships at Parkland. 

I don't know if this helps but is a bit of generic info for you to percolate over.

Yes, this most certainly helps a lot to think over. Thank you so much! 

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