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Hi nurses..

Today I went to a job fair here in NYC and talked with the nurse recruiter from NGHS. I was curious if anyone lives in Gainsville and works at this hospital? If so, can you tell me a little bit about the cost of living in relation to Georgia's pay scale? How do you like the hospital? Is there anything I should know about NGHS? Is it good for nurses, is a nurses voice heard, do doctors take the nurses seriously?

If you're a new grad and started there, can you tell me about the orientation program?

Any information you can offer me, would be very helpful and much appreciated. I've wanted to move to Georgia for a long time, but I don't know much about it except for the people are very nice and down to earth:)

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I can't answer most of your questions, but I do know a few people who work at NGHS and like it very much. Pay is probably a little less than some of the hospitals closer to town, but the cost of living is much lower in the Gainesville area, as compared to the metro Atlanta area. And the North Ga. area is a very beautiful place to live!

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bigsyis has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology.

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If you are interested in moving to GA, NGMC (Northeast Georgia Medical Center, as it is known locally) would be THE place to work. I've worked for them twice. They are a Regional Hospital that draws from an area bordered by Atlanta, Chattanooga, Asheville, and Greenville, SC. They are the PRIMO Cardiology hospital in GA, currently #1! I am the Triage RN for the largest (and best) Cardiology practice in the area.

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CityKat is a BSN, RN and specializes in Trauma.

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Wow. Thank you. I think I am going to come out and see the hospital and check out the area around the center. I was thinking more about Athens. I hear it is a great little town and is only 20 minutes from Gainesville. Anyone know if this is correct?

Thanks for all of the information:)

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bigsyis has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology.

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Athens is closer to 45 minutes to an hour from Gainesville, and is home to the University of GA. Hospitals there are Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary's. Good luck! What has interested you about coming to GA?

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Well, Georgia is beautiful and I miss the outdoors life. I live in NYC and really don't have the outdoorsy life like I had in San Francisco. Georgia has the change of seasons and I don't think I am ready to lose that here in NY. I have been thinking for many years what it would be like to move to Georgia, but have never had the opportunity. Now that I'm a soon to be nurse, I can go anywhere and choose the area I want to work in. I'm going to take full advantage of it. Everyone I have ever met from Georgia is sooo nice and friendly, always willing to help out and very comforting. Not to mention the food in the south! There are many things appealing about Georgia. I'm liberal though, which might not fit perfectly in with locals. But, I think this is not a problem:)

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bigsyis has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology.

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Well, come on down! Believe it or not, we have an active Democratic Party in GA ;) , even though I myself am a Republican. You will definitely get all four seasons here, but little to no snow unless you live in the mountains. It was different when I moved here 15 years ago, but with things warming up, there has been so significant snowfall in the Gainesville area in quite a long time. You are SO right about Georgia being beautiful. I love it here.

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Well, come on down! Believe it or not, we have an active Democratic Party in GA ;) , even though I myself am a Republican. You will definitely get all four seasons here, but little to no snow unless you live in the mountains. It was different when I moved here 15 years ago, but with things warming up, there has been so significant snowfall in the Gainesville area in quite a long time. You are SO right about Georgia being beautiful. I love it here.

I think I will:) I love the friendliness of the people in Georgia. It certainly is a HUGE pull for me. I'm ok with little to no snow. It has been a very difficult adjustment for me with the noreasters here in NYC. Whew! Talk about COLD:uhoh3: Freezing cold, with blowing ice and high winds. Nothing like it! I should know more of when I'm going to be coming down that way next week. Will keep you posted and let you know how it goes.

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bigsyis has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology.

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Will you be interviewing at NGHS, and/or in Athens?

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CityKat is a BSN, RN and specializes in Trauma.

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Will you be interviewing at NGHS, and/or in Athens?

I'm sorry for the late reply. I was hanging out with my parents in the mountains with no access to society through my laptop:rolleyes: I would be interviewing at NGHS and hopefully living in Athens. I received a phone call yesterday from a hospital I interviewed with in San Francisco with a wonderful offer, but it's oncology and I don't know if I can handle working in oncology. I prefer cardiac. I definitely want to check out Georgia BEFORE making a decision about anything.

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bigsyis has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology.

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Yep! Georgia is definitely a good state in many ways, especially if you want to work with Cardiac patients. Hope you enjoyed your trip to the mountains. I go home to them every night!;)

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