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Specializes in ICU, OR, Periop. Has 3 years experience.

Hello! I will be looking for work anywhere within an hour of Richmond, come spring. Most of my nursing experience is in ICU. I also have some pre/post op and OR experience. I'd love to bridge over to CVICU at some point for something new and different, and I love hearts, but it's not a deal breaker if I don't get into one soon. My experience is more suited to a SICU.

After doing some light research, I think I am interested in Henrico Doctors Hospital. Anyone have any insight into starting wages around Richmond/Henricos for someone with 3+ yrs experience? Is Henricos a corporate nightmare with the RN level system? Is the SICU and/or CVICU a good place to work with good experiences? I am happiest with drips, vents, lines and drains.

I'd love to hear about anything that anyone has to say about all the local hospitals. Thanks!

1gr8trnstudent, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in BLS, ACLS, CARDIAC, ER.

Henrico doctors hospital (forest) is the best hospital out of the others in the richmond area. It is considered the main hospital to the others. Their SICU unit has a nurse ratio of 2:1 and it's a busy unit. The pay at HCA is higher. I am not sure what it will be for you having experience. As a new grad, I was offered over 30 in the ED. Good luck!

NoctuRNal_UnicoRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in ICU, OR, Periop. Has 3 years experience.

I appreciate your feedback! I actually applied to and was about to start the shadowing experience for CVICU at HCA but COVID shut down hiring for new employees and they said they couldn't onboard me ๐Ÿ˜ญ I have been super bummed ever since. I was finally going to get to do something different at a facility with great reviews. My offer before COVID matched what I had previously made, considering their differential, and I was OK with that for starting out down here. I had to resort to being a traveler because no facilities are hiring staff, or it's very limited. I haven't traveled to any HCA facilities because they aren't accepting travelers either. ๐Ÿคจ I keep checking, and I did find a staff option at the Parham location, but as you mentioned, Forest is more desirable and I may just continue to travel until Forest is hiring again. I wish we could rewind and just do 2020 over again.

1gr8trnstudent, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in BLS, ACLS, CARDIAC, ER.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience. I did see them remove all their hiring positions as they are all about the money. I hope something opens up soon in the near future. I agree that you should stick to Forest because Parham is not desirable. Their ICU nurses get burnt easily and it's a very small hospital so some of the patients arent true ICU patients. I worked at Parham for 2 years. Good luck with traveling. Richmond is opening up so best of luck!

FYI I havent seen too many travelers for HCA. They prefer to hire prns

NoctuRNal_UnicoRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in ICU, OR, Periop. Has 3 years experience.

42 minutes ago, 1gr8trnstudent said:

Yes! They have very little available. I ended up finding a place to live more toward Louisa than Richmond, so that opens up lots of options. Do you know much about Culpeper or UVA? I'm not a big fan of University teaching hospitals, but Charlottesville might end up being my best option for job security, if they call for an interview. Culpeper is small like Parham I believe, but I don't know anything about it or anyone who has worked there, so it's hard to say if it's a burnout job with barely critical patients or if they get a lot of different stuff and it's it's better opportunity because of the size ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ I hope it's not too much longer before things like staffing and recruitment move towards normalcy. It's strange to be an ICU nurse during a respiratory pandemic and not able to find a staff position ๐Ÿ˜‚ I appreciate your responses and thanks again for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

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1gr8trnstudent, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in BLS, ACLS, CARDIAC, ER.

I know UVA is a great teaching hospital and offers great benefits like VCU. The pay at UVA is higher than at VCU. I do not know anything about Culpeper hospital. I know you are closer to spotsylvania hospital which is part of HCA. I would opt for UVA over Culpeper just to increase your skills and gain new knowledge.