Help....Hospitals in NYC

  1. Hi everyone,

    I relocated to Maryland one yr ago and started working at Washington Hospital Center. Now I'm planning to move to NYC late this year or early next year. I need to find out some information regarding good hospitals to work at in NYC. I plan to live in the queens area. Two hospitals have peeked my interest: Mount Sinai and Lenox Hill. I've worked as an RN on med/surg since I became a nurse in the US Virgin Islands in '09; it's basically all I know. However, I really want to transfer to antepartum when I move to NYC since I was very interested in maternal nursing during undergrad studies. Can anyone give me some information on starting salaries for the 2 hospitals I've mentioned, as well as any other good ones. I'm also interested what anyone has to share regarding working experience on the labor and delivery unit at these hospitals and tips for transitioning from med/surg to L&D.

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    About Crucian-RN

    Joined: Jun '09; Posts: 16
    Registered Nurse; from MD
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg


  3. by   RNGriffin
    I work at Lenox Hill hospital and our outpatient Med/surg is busy, but the staff are very close knit. So, being hired in that specialty is difficult to obtain. Are you planning on driving or taking public transportation? If driving is your method of transportation or you're living in an area in Queens not close to public transportation, which would be any of the nicer areas in Queens...I would opt to work on long island under the LONG ISLAND NORTHSHORE HEALTH SYSTEMS. You really aren't in a central location that will place you at an easy point of reference for city hospitals. Try Winthorp, Plainview hospital, Northshore LIJ. Those are highly reputable hospital facilities.
    Mount Siani is a wonderful hospital, but highly competitive. Weill Cornell is a nice hospital on the lower eastside of Manhattan( again long commute), Mamosides in Brooklyn is extremely nice and a teach hospital( also this will allow you to drive to and from work)
    I don't know if you actually know the NYC area. But, if you are a newbie & not a native opt for locations that are safe for late travel while you adjust.

    -NYC nurse born and raised!
  4. by   RNGriffin
    To answer your last few question, I really can't tell you the pay. It's based on the hospital you work for & your benefits package. You can work Per Diem with no benefits making excellent money. You can also work full-time under a contract making decent money. I would say the pay here is equivalent to the pay in Maryland (Baltimore and Townson area...I know those are 45 minutes apart but...) Hopefully this answers your question. You are basically moving from one area where cost of living increases, but pay does not make the same adjustment...
  5. by   Crucian-RN
    Thanks so much for the information it's very helpful. Since I'm a newbie I know nothing about New York! I was just told that the Queens area is pretty descent to live. I drive in MD and don't think I'd be ready to drive in NYC when I get here. Public transport would probably be my option but I'll keep my vehicle just in case. I'd like to find an apartment closer to those 2 hospitals so maybe Queens wouldn't be the best place. If I can commute to work safely I'd definitely drive. Can you please elaborate on the competitiveness at Mount Sinai? In terms of my work schedule I will rather working full-time..I find the flow fine for me. But, I completely understand what your saying about the pay. And I'ma look into that hospital in Brooklyn....never heard of it. Thanks a lot again.
  6. by   RNGriffin
    I would recommend living in Brooklyn. I am from Brooklyn, and we have seen a surge in transplants moving to the Fort Greene, Park Slope, Williamsburg area. I would even say my neighborhood is a lot more gentrified, Bed-Stuy( although the name has technically been changed). I don't mean to be offensive, but Bed-Stuy would feel a lot more comfortable if you are comfortable with living in an Urban historically black neighborhood. If you aren't sure of yourself & surroundings, do not move to Bed-Stuy and stay away from Downtown Brooklyn( fulton, Willoughby, bond st area. You can look into Jay St., clinton hill area ,but that's touch and go...This will place you in the best central location to everything. You can also try Harlem up into 135st st. and Broadway, St.Marks( this is uptown Manhattan)...Stay away from Washington Heights( known for crime). Stay away from the Bronx unless moving to north Bronx( but then transportation is limited).
    Mt. Siani is competitive all around. You will probably be wait listed or in a running pool of 40 other nurses for each job posting. In New York there's a wealth of nurses with a lot of experience who have been laid off from the closing of St.Vincents( this was a Union hospital & most are competing for the positions at MT. Siani still). You could live in Queen & drive to Williamsburg to commute to work or take the LIRR( which would be an additional cost in travel..You'd have to learn how the subway connects because you can be running uptown, east, or downtown from Penn Station...Jamaica train station has available parking from what I am told, but isn't always so friendly to non New Yorkers...I would definitely encourage the Brooklyn move over Queens or living in downtown Manhattan for apprx 2000 in rent...PM me if you have more concerns