Currently in Orlando, Considering next assignment in NY or NYC

  1. I know this has probably been asked a dozen times, I just wanted some up to date information I already skimmed some old forums and didn't really get my answer. I'm a travel nurse in Orlando currently and i gotta say I do love it! I told them I want to extend but I have been having this nagging dream of traveling to NY for so long. I heard working ER in NY is horrific though. I've heard of patient ratios of 1:9 or 1:10 etc. I actually interviewed for a job at Good Samaritan at West Islip and the nurse manager asked me if I would be ok with a ratio of 1:8 I was in absolute shock! for an ER that sounds nuts to have that many patients at once, of course if they do evenly spread it out but we all know how that can go sometimes. In general I've traveled to NY and I love it, I'm just scared about work being hell. Can anyone with experience tell me what it's like to work ER over in the city or surrounding areas? I do want to be in the city, just for the experience and I plan on only doing one contract so I guess even if it is bad it wont be for long. Any info is appreciated!!!
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  3. by   NedRN
    Heck, if the New Yorkers can do it, you can too! Only 13 weeks and you'll have fours days a week to go deep in debt doing shows and living like a tourist.
  4. by   Argo
    NYC is one thing, the rest of NY is another thing.

    Like ned says, anything is doable for 13 weeks. Especially if you have been wanting to go for the locale more than anything.
  5. by   NedRN
    Hopefully NYC EDs are still doing paper charting. Hard to envision computer charting on perhaps 30 (?) patients a shift.
  6. by   Lauren Bear
    ED nursing in NYC is not for the faint of heart. I started in my ED right out of nursing school and I had up to 20 patients! My hospital got better though and our ratios are much more manageable, but still can get up to 10-12. I know travelers who have come through and are shocked, but they did it! And we definitely use computer charting. Just know who your resources are - NYC is much friendlier than people think