Question for OK Nurses

  1. My husband and I may soon be relocating to Oklahoma (Tulsa area). He is retired, but I will need to find a nursing position (LPN) once we make the move. I am currently employed at a hospital, but I would happily consider LTC, hospice or agency work provided there are at least some health benefits. (Important since my husband is retired and not well).

    We will be looking in the Tulsa/Muskogee area. Can anyone offer any ideas about good places to work, the current job climate, etc?
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  3. by   LanaBanana
    I work at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa (currently a CNA and in school for LPN). There aren't a huge amount of LPN positions available, but there are some. As a LPN student I keep a close eye on the openings available. If you have 2 years of hospital experience you can work as a float nurse for them, sometimes they have IV team openings as well. They also own Franciscan Villa, an assisted living facility and usually have openings there. I know a couple of the floors are trying to go to team nursing where they will have 1 RN, 1 LPN, and 1 CNA on a team and take 6-8 patients per team. And if they decide to go this route they will need more LPNs. The website is http://www.sjmc.com/ The hospital is also planning to offer an in-house LPN-RN bridge program next fall through Tulsa Community College if you have the prereq's and would be interested in that. It's going to be on Saturday's and will be offered all on campus except for a few outside clinicals.
    Other hospitals in Tulsa are St. Francis (also has a hospital in Broken Arrow) http://www.saintfrancis.com/
    Hillcrest http://www.hillcrest.com/hhs/
    Tulsa Regional http://www.tulsaregional.com/
    Southcrest http://www.southcresthospital.com/default

    Hope that gets you started!
  4. by   HuggyPuglet
    Thank you very much for your reply - This has be SOOO helpful.

    Finding a job when you live a long distance away is sometimes difficult and it is nice to know that there are people out there that are willing to help you along.

    Good luck to you and again, thank you so very much!
  5. by   LanaBanana
    Let me know if you want to apply at any of the St John places - I can get a referral bonus and I'll split it with you! I had a nurse tell me that one time and I asked her why she would split it and she said it didn't make sense for her to get all the money just for telling people she liked her job when I was the one who would be doing the work. That made sense! If you have any other questions, let me know and I'll see what I can do. There's a couple other older threads here about life in Tulsa.
  6. by   BabyRN2Be
    As Lana says, St. John is a great place to work and it's in a very nice section of town - midtown Tulsa. St. Franics is south of the city and it's a nice place to work as well. Tulsa Regional is an intercity hospital right downtown and is owned by Hillcrest Medical Center. Hillcrest is on the edge of the not-so-good part of town but it's also a good place to work. I looked at the employment notices on the board yesterday and they are currently have several LPN openings. One in the burn unit for certain, as well as med-surge. Can't remember the rest, but there were several.

    I live very close to Franciscan Villa (in fact, our home backs up to their property line). It's a very nice LTC out in the country. As Lana said, it's owned by St. John and at this LTC, from what I understand they take care of their people and pay them decent wages. I think it'd be a great place to work if you like LTC. And it is really in a pretty country setting. My husband's grandmother is currently there, I take her on walks around the property (they have a little lake w/ geese), and it's really nice this time of year.

    Muskogee has it's own regional health center, Muskogee Regional Health. If you want to learn more about them go to www.muskogeehealth.com. I don't know much about them as I haven't been to Muskogee too much.

    If you have more questions for us, of course, we'd love to help!
  7. by   bargainhound
    Also try www.vistacare.com.
    There are job openings at offices throughout Oklahoma.
    The benefits are great!
  8. by   HuggyPuglet
    Thank you all so much for your help! I feel now like I know where to start!

    Bless you all!
  9. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from HuggyPuglet
    Thank you all so much for your help! I feel now like I know where to start!

    Bless you all!
    If you need any more help, just let us know and we'll be glad to help out! Best of luck to you as you decide to move. Oklahoma is pretty nice.
  10. by   dottimur
    Quote from HuggyPuglet
    Thank you all so much for your help! I feel now like I know where to start!

    Bless you all!
    There are several LPN positions for Tulsa posted on OU Medical Center's website at: http://tulsa.ou.edu/hr/employ.htm

    Tulsa is a great place to live. I hope you find it as friendly as I have. Welcome to OK
  11. by   LanaBanana
    Quote from dottimur
    There are several LPN positions for Tulsa posted on OU Medical Center's website at: http://tulsa.ou.edu/hr/employ.htm

    Tulsa is a great place to live. I hope you find it as friendly as I have. Welcome to OK
    I forgot about OU! And I even have that page bookmarked! They seem to have pretty good benefits, including tuition to go to OU.

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