Quote from TarheelRN
I am a Peds Cardiac nurse in Chapel Hill, NC and new to the board. The reason I write is because my husband is starting his clinical rotations for med school in NJ this summer, so we are moving your way soon.
We have a list of hospitals to choose from, and we can pick our top three. Which hospital, as a nurse, would you recommend working for? Or any info about the surrounding areas would be great - I'm excited to move to NJ, but don't know anything about the area, so I thought I would ask you all.
St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson
Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch
Beth Isreal Medical Center, Newark
Thanks for your help everyone!
I grew up in NJ and I will agree with previous osts that the traffic is absolutely bad. After looking at your choices I recommend St. Barnabas in Livingston. It is located near a few towns that would give you roughly a 30 to 45 minute commute each way. Livingston and the surrounding towns are extremely exspensive!!! I lived very close to that area and housing is unbelievably high. Schools are awesome but you most definately pay for it. I would look into East Hanover, Parsippany, Pine Brook, Fairfield, Montville...these are all nice towns and all are conveniently located to several shopping malls, food stores, Manhattan, the Arena, and all major highways in Northern NJ. The major roadway routes include 80, 46, 3, 10, 206, 202, 280, and 287. There are numerous back roads to take in order to eliminate some of the traffic also. Also, all of these towns are located close to the Garden State Parkway and the Thru-way. They all also have mass transportation options like buses, trains, etc., and Newark airport is about 30 minutes to 1 hour from most.
Sorry if I over loaded you with options but I grew up in that area.
I will tell you this about St. Joe's and Beth Israel they are located in "Not so desirable" areas. A friend of mine worked at St. Joe's for years and left after she was getting into her car one morning after working nights and was car jacked in the parking garage! Beth Israel is a great hospital for learning but I would not work there for the same reason as St. Joe's.
Monmouth Medical Center is just really far and the traffic would be terrible. If you lived in Livingston it would probably take you at least 2 hours one-way!
I hope this advise helps. If you need more information send me a private message. I know Real-Estate agents and Home Inspectors that might be able to help you out further.