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Rex Hospital in Raleigh or UNC in Chapel Hill?

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by adesm002 adesm002 (New) New

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Hello! Currently I am looking to move to North Carolina and my top two options I would like to work at are Rex Hospital in Raleigh or UNC in Chapel Hill. I am in my late twenties and have been an RN for over four years now. I love the area and I hear both are great hospitals. I am looking to advance my career and get more experience since I would be coming from a small rural hospital. Any suggestions between the two? And is it possible to work at UNC but live in Raleigh? The two cities and hospitals are very different so I'm trying to weigh out the pros and cons of each. Any help would be appreciated amensely!

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Katie71275 has 2 years experience and specializes in L&D.

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I work at Rex in Raleigh. I really enjoy it, it's a great hospital to work for! I personally do not live in Raleigh, but about 16miles from the hospital. It isn't a long drive at all. if you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me.

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mmc51264 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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if given a choice, I would work at Rex! I did a lot clinical time there and I have been a pt there. Also have friends that work there. It's great. Chapel Hill is a great town but I think expensive to live there. UNC is probably 3 times the size of Rex. Rex is not a teaching hospital.

They were looking for BSN grads and I was an ADN. I am now a Duke, and love it, too.

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keep in mind, UNC has many satellite hospitals. Depending on what area you want to get into you may have better luck getting employment there

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Did you do any clinical time at UNC? I did get a good vibe at Rex, but UNC might have more to offer?

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I cannot PM for some reason...Rex seems like a great hospital to work for, but I'm thinking I might get more experience or have more opportunity at UNC?

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mmc51264 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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depends on what you want to do.

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Hi! I am just reading this and was wondering what you ended up doing hospital wise? I am in the same boat, deciding which hospital would be a better fit for me (also coming from a community hospital and wanting to gain more experience). I will be living in Raleigh. Any advice would be awesome!

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mmc51264 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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UNC just opened a new satellite in Hillsborough, which is a very nice area. Was supposed to go to a NAON meeting there but ended up not being able to make it. Next time...

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I am glad I chose to go with UNC because there seems to be more opportunity! That being said, I've always heard good things about Rex..the downside to UNC is the commute and the whole parking situation, but you get used to it! I currently still live in Raleigh, right near 40.

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