Nebraska Medical Center or Johns Hopkins?

Nurses General Nursing


Hello, all! I am stuck in a pickle and I would love any and all input. I have two potential jobs: Nebraska Medical Center on a Heart and Vascular Unit, or Johns Hopkins on a General Medicine/palliative care or Colorectal Surgical Oncology Unit. These are both for a new graduate nursing position. My ultimate goal is to end up in a MICU, whenever that may be. NMC offers a $3,000 relocation bonus, $26.46 base, and the cost of living there is good. Sign on is only contracted for a year. Health insurance isn't stellar at NMC, but they offer 50% tuition expense paid to the university. Johns Hopkins also offers a $3,000 relocation bonus, base is $28, cost of living is higher (especially housing), and contract is for 2 years. The health insurance is better, and I believe (not 100%), they offer 100% tuition reimbursement for full time employees.

If you were in my shoes, where would you go? What would you do? I am just so conflicted. Heart and vascular is AMAZING experience, but Johns Hopkins is #3 in the country, and one of the best in the world. What are your thoughts?

Specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

Keep in mind best in the world means best for the patients and not necessarily best for employees. I would put the benefits stuff aside and pick whatever floor you want to work on more.


Specializes in Pedi.

What Annie said is true, #1 means #1 for patient care not as a place to work.

That said, hands down I'd choose John Hopkins. I just can't imagine living in Nebraska. I spent about 20 hours there earlier this year and don't feel the need to ever go back.

The Heart and Vascular service at UNMC is phenomenal. It's a real family and most importantly, it functions as a cohesive team. Dr. Merritt is an Asst Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery there and represents the best there is in complex cardiac surgery - so talented, faith-driven with an unrelenting pursuit of excellence. Unfortunately, i don't know much about JHU. But, you are very blessed to have such offers.

Specializes in ICU and Dialysis.

No matter where you work, the majority of your time per week will be spent outside of work. Remember to consider what place you'd like to be living as a strong priority.

If you have healthcare needs, go with hopkins.

Specializes in orthopedic/trauma, Informatics, diabetes.

I'd go Hopkins, you can always move laterally. I work in a top 10 hosp and love all that I have learned as we get the cases no one else can figure out. I also love the Baltimore/DC area. SO much to do there.

Specializes in Emergency.

I’m curious as to which one you chose?

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