Quote from dariah
Well, they're usually not in the best/safest neighborhoods, for starters. Again, with the exception of Bellevue, the city hospitals in Manhattan are in Central and East Harlem. And while I would work and feel safe at Montefiore in the Bronx (private hospital), not so much at Lincoln or Jacobi (public.) Also, they pay is less than private, I would guess about $10,000 less, but you get good city benefits. But overall, they just have a reputation of being dirty, run down, and dangerous.
Whoaa there partner.
Happen to live on the UES of Manhattan and about twenty blocks from Metropolitan Hospital, and while the surrounding area maybe "East/Spanish Harlem" but East 96th and 97th streets (blocks hospital is between) it isn't that bad. Indeed over the past ten or so years it has gentrified quite abit as more upscale housing is built all over that part of town from Fifth Avenue to the FDR Drive. All hours of the day and night one sees nurses, doctors and others walking towards and back from the place as they do for the more "wealthy" hospital, Mount Sinai, on Fifth Avenue and East 105th Street, and all seem not to be that worried about their safety or such.
New York City is what it is, those of us who were born/grew up here know the deal and the rest who come learn it pretty fast. You keep your eyes and ears open, and be "on guard" as to your surroundings and potential danger. People get mugged and or are victims of crime in any part of this city from Chelesa/Greenwich Village to Harlem.
As for working in the NYC HHC system, yes it may not always have the most wonderful patient population for some people, but OTHO you will see and learn things at a municipal hospital that may never happen elsewhere. One may not choose to begin and end one's nursing/healthcare career in an HHC facility but it can be a great place to start. Considering the local employment market for experienced nurses and the more dire situation for new grads personally I'd take what one could get and make it happen, rather than picking and choosing based soley upon patient population and employer.
For the record some of the worst hospitals in terms of administration, location, area safety, population and such are private. I'd take my chances at Metropolitan, Bellevue, Kings County or even Woodhull any day over Wyckoff in Bushwick.