FL/GA/SC/NC NICU Nurses

  1. My husband and I are wanting to move to one of these states. I am trying to find a Level III NICU to work in that does everything, including ECMO. My husband is also an RN, although he does Med/Surg so he can work just about any where. We are looking for a town that is safe and has good schools for our kids. We would prefer to be near the coast but are open to other options. Thank you!

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  3. by   Kelky
    Egleston in Atlanta, I don't work there though so can't give you any more details. Good luck!
  4. by   SteveNNP
    I think Palmetto Richland and MUSC Charleston fit the bill. MUSC also does cardiacs.
  5. by   live4rachael
    I was going to echo with MUSC here in Charleston. Good size Level III NICU and right on the water...

    Several other hospitals in this area too (perhaps for your husband - multiple locations of Trident, and Roper St Francis).
  6. by   swirlything
    Winnie Palmer in Orlando has a level III NICU and they do ECMO. I know they just hired some new grads, and I kind of doubt they are hiring anyone else; but I could be wrong. Some of the Orlando area is safe; some of it is really bad. Some of the schools are good; some of them suck.
  7. by   300g
    There's a hospital in Tampa, FL and and in St. Petersburg. Both are Level III with ECMO except the one in St. Pete does their ECMO in CVICU not NICU.

    Both are fairly large NICUs and both are in the process of large expansions.

    One hospital is situated on Davis Island, an affluent area of Tampa and there are other, nice and more affordable areas nearby (inner Davis Island, Hyde Park, South Tampa). If you don't mind a 30-45 minute commute, North Tampa and Brandon are a little more family/children sub-division type areas.

    The other hospital is in South St. Petersburg... probably not an area you'd want to live in. However, within that 30-45 minute commute, there are some nice places in North St. Petersburg.

    Good luck in your search!

    You'll have to PM me for names of the hospitals because according to a new policy, employees are not allowed to post anything representative of the hospital on public forums. Sorry.
    Last edit by 300g on May 23, '09 : Reason: Removed hospital names
  8. by   jsmetcalf
    Try Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC - great unit, orientation, and facility. Raleigh and Chapel Hill are a stone's throw and are good places to raise a family with exceptional schools. Not exactly near the coast, but you can get to the beach in 3 hours to the east or to the mountains 3 hours to the west.
  9. by   darynash
    I know someone at MUSC in Charleston, SC and loves it there. If I moved to Charleston, that is where I would work. If I moved back to Florida from Texas where I am now, I would go to Winnie Palmer. I would definitely not live in Orlando though, traffic is horrible. I am originally from Fort Myers, FL and Lee Memorial HealthPark has a good NICU. The hospital is very close to Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach. Most of Fort Myers is safe and has pretty good schools, just stay away from downtown Fort Myers area to live. Nursing pay in Florida is pretty bad and the cost of living is pretty high. Since they were hit by 5 hurricanes a few years ago, housing is outrageous and homeowners insurance can only be obtained through the state. But, I did see a story on the national news two weeks ago that $350,000 foreclosed homes on direct access canals in Cape Coral (that is where I am from) are selling for $85,000.
  10. by   Carrig RN
    Quote from darynash
    I know someone at MUSC in Charleston, SC and loves it there. If I moved to Charleston, that is where I would work. If I moved back to Florida from Texas where I am now, I would go to Winnie Palmer. I would definitely not live in Orlando though, traffic is horrible. I am originally from Fort Myers, FL and Lee Memorial HealthPark has a good NICU. The hospital is very close to Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach. Most of Fort Myers is safe and has pretty good schools, just stay away from downtown Fort Myers area to live. Nursing pay in Florida is pretty bad and the cost of living is pretty high. Since they were hit by 5 hurricanes a few years ago, housing is outrageous and homeowners insurance can only be obtained through the state. But, I did see a story on the national news two weeks ago that $350,000 foreclosed homes on direct access canals in Cape Coral (that is where I am from) are selling for $85,000.
    I grew up in Cape Coral (right across the river from Ft. Myers) and there were a bunch of homes for sale when I was home at Christmas that were in wonderful shape and really well priced. HealthPark is a great hospital. The NICU is in the Children's Hospital of SWFL. The pay is not as great as it probably should be though. If you decide to live in Fort Myers I would move into a subdivision because the freestanding neighborhoods aren't particularly safe; if you live on the Cape, I would steer clear of the Northeast part and right downtown but the rest is really nice, especially if you live on a direct access canal.
  11. by   darynash
    I'm from Cape Coral too. I was looking at real estate in CC yesterday (just looking) and found a house that is 3 years old with a pool for $50,000. House looked brand new, it was a foreclosure. Lots of houses for $50,000 but this was the only one with a pool. But, yes, nursing pay in SW Florida sucks. That is why I moved to Texas. Other thing about Florida besides the lousy pay is homeowners insurance is outrageous due to the hurricanes that hit a few years ago. My ex lost his house, not because he couldn't affort the mortgage, because he couldn't afford the insurance. His mortgage payment tripled and it was all insurance, the same amount of principal.
  12. by   AmericanRN
    Quote from 300g
    There's a hospital in Tampa, FL and and in St. Petersburg. Both are Level III with ECMO except the one in St. Pete does their ECMO in CVICU not NICU.

    Both are fairly large NICUs and both are in the process of large expansions.

    One hospital is situated on Davis Island, an affluent area of Tampa and there are other, nice and more affordable areas nearby (inner Davis Island, Hyde Park, South Tampa). If you don't mind a 30-45 minute commute, North Tampa and Brandon are a little more family/children sub-division type areas.

    The other hospital is in South St. Petersburg... probably not an area you'd want to live in. However, within that 30-45 minute commute, there are some nice places in North St. Petersburg.

    Good luck in your search!

    You'll have to PM me for names of the hospitals because according to a new policy, employees are not allowed to post anything representative of the hospital on public forums. Sorry.
    wow didn't know that was a policy. I'm a student and we've done rotations at both of the hospitals you're talking about. Fantastic NICU teams @ both. Too bad employees can't brag about it.

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