Published May 23, 2003
can anyone tell me what the work is like in the atlanta area for agency nurses? what is the pay (i am tele) and what is the nurse to patient ratio? any hospitals i should stay away from? and which do you consider the best? thanks
I don't have a clue as to what it is in Atlanta area.....just wanted to say........welcome to GEORGIA!!
Well, I wish I knew something to offer. Anyone have any knowledge abut Georgia Agency?
If you do not get any info after a bit, maybe I should move this over to the General Discussion Board (knudge me).
As for pay, it varies from hospital to hospital and agency to agency. $32-35/hr. is not uncommon. I personally would stay away from Grady, poor conditions and bad(as in dangerous) enviroment. I don't know too many females that will work there, I know a few males that work ED and they tell stories enough to keep me away. I have heard both good things and bad things about DeKalb. A good friend of mine has worked there and she said it was ok, but you worked your tail off. She was on telemetry and had about 6 patients. I don't know about the units. None of the hospitals in northwest Georgia (Dalton, Chattsworth and Fort Oglethrope)are fit to work in. Lousy pay, conditions, and unsupportive management. I hear Marietta is a good place to work, I don't personally know. The Medical Center of Central Georgia is in Macon, about 1 1/2hours south of Atlanta, and it is a wonderful place, good staffing and pay.
I have talked with a friend recently who is traveling in GA, she says she is Not Scared...she has already arrived in HELL. Nuff said.
Hey, I'm moving to GA too. I'v talked to a travel company and the recruiter told me to stay away from Grady r/t bad working conditions. I'm moving to Marietta. Looks like your post was in May. Have you already moved? Any info for me? We're looking to move in August.
Wa State RN
tjoyrn, no, we haven't moved yet. We are going down there this week to check out the area, I am personally interested in the Marietta area as well. What have you found out yet>
Well I just joined the site. I guess you are already here. E-mail me if you still have questions. Tell ya everything you want to know.
Did you move? How are you liking it?
So how are you liking Georgia? E-mail me.
I used to live in the Atl. I was a student then and worked as a tech on a tele floor, but I can tell you we had a lot of agency nurses. Southern Regional Medical Center is where I worked and it was a good place. All the agency nurses liked it. It's on the southside of Atl though about 45 minutes south of Marrietta. In the Marrietta area you have Kennestone Hospital, Crawford Long are both good places to check out. Had a friend and a cousin who were nurses at those. Georgia Baptist is also supposed to be good. Definitely avoid Grady as the pay is not worth the headache, and when I checked Grady's payscale last year, it's not that great either. Rumors exaggerate what they pay their nurses. Also, ask about your nurse/pt ratio. On my tele floor a good day was 5-6 pts on days per RN and 6-7 pts on nights per RN. They would not hesitate to give you more though if staffing was low, unless the nurses spoke up. The $32-35 figure someone mentioned is about right. Keep in mind though living in Atl is expensive! Housing is through the roof if you don't get well outside of the city limits. Hope this helps.
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