I lived in Dayton for 5 years (Daytonite, get it?). Very boring place in my opinion. It is a middle class working population there. It's a nice place, don't get me wrong, but kind of straight laced mentality. I worked at Miami Valley Medical Center (MVMC) in downtown Dayton and started on one of their oncology units (lucky day for you!). They put all the new oncology unit RNs through a 40 hour oncology class. The nurse practitioner who teaches it was awesome. MVMC is the largest hospital in the area and probably pays the best. They were always funny about hiring only BSNs there, but they have Wright State University cranking out BSNs so I guess they can be picky. I've also known of ADNs they've hired who have hospital experience. They are a teaching facility with a residency program affiliated with Wright State University's medical school and I think they also take residents from med schools in Columbus and Cincinnati. They had a very nice orientation program there. My personal experience with them, I felt, was that they were kind of confused about who was responsible for what around there, but it is a pretty big place. They expected their nurses to float to other units when staffing was short. They are computerized. They were doing some 12 hour shifts, but when I was there a few years ago they were still the traditional 8 hours shifts.
Other acute hospitals are Good Samaritan also in Dayton itself and Kettering Medical Center. It is in a not so good section of the town. Good Samaritan, I believe, was bought up by the corporation that owns MVMC. Kettering Medical Center is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist church. They are known for their Cardiac care and open heart surgery. A couple of years ago the Dayton Heart Hospital opened up and are giving them a run for their money. They are located next to the old Franciscan Medical Center (run by the Franciscan nurses) which closed several years ago because they went broke. Are you getting the theme about the religious presence in this town? These aren't the only two religions with service facilities in Dayton. The other poster might be better to ask about this, but I thought that Kettering had everyone sign, or at least promise to follow their religious rules of not smoking or drinking. I'm not sure where they stand on the issue of vegetarianism (SDAs are vegetarian). I know that at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California which is also Seventh Day Adventist that they used to be strictly vegetarian for both the staff and the patients, but that may have changed over time.
There is also Middletown Hospital in Middletown, Ohio which is (you guessed it) between Dayton and Cincinnati. It is a fairly large hospital also, but is 20 miles down the highway.
When I left town 2 years ago I was paying $500 for a one bedroom apartment in the very nice yuppie suburb of Centerville that was only 7 miles from MVMC. The Kettering police were always "sitting" with radar on Far Hills Drive, one of the main roads going in to downtown Dayton. When you get to Dayton make sure you go to one of the Dorothy Lane Markets in Kettering or Centerville and get a Killer Brownie. It's the best brownie you'll ever eat--triple layer, so tall you can't open your mouth wide enough to take a full bite, have to eat it with a fork. They make 8 kinds--the German Chocolate one is my favorite. They have a website. They also sell all kinds of exotic meats (snake, rabbit, buffalo, goose). Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is in Dayton and, of course, they have their air force museum there with some very cool vintage planes on display. Mead Paper and National Cash Register are headquartered in Dayton. I never got to see the Wright Brothers Museum, but it's there. Outside of Cincinnati is a huge store called Jungle Jim's which you must visit (takes about 45 minutes to get there from Dayton) and they have imported food from all over the world as well as exotic meats and fresh vegetables. Maybe the area's not so boring afterall.