Hello out there!!!
I need your experience. I'm humming and hawing about a possible job assignment in Lexington, Kentucky at St. Joseph ER or to Houston, Texas at LBJ (Linden B. Johnson, inside the first ring) ER. Both are appealing, wages are significantly different but I'm assuming the cost of living is different as well.
Have any of you been to either of these facilities? Can you comment about the hospitals, their staff, employer relations.
What about the local area's? Nice place to be?
I really appreciate anything you can tell me. Thanx!
Feb 17, '02
OOOH MY GOD...Have you signed a contract there yet?? NOW...I haven't been there in several years...BUT I REALLY don't believe it could have changed that much...being such a little town and all.
But that place WAS the PITTS, and N O T agency nurse friendly AT A L L!
I wasn't on contract there I only did per diem. I did several contracts in Florence, S. C. and would travel from there to Waterboro. AWFUL!!! Good example...I came on the unit to find out that I would have (8) EIGHT pts.,...ANDDDDDDDD be the med nurse for one hall!!! Med nurse means ALL IVs, meds.prn.IVPB, BS, and PCAs! I asked the charge nurse where was the elevator...My first tme on the unit. The nurses station was full of different support services. It got quiet enough to hear a pin drop. She asked me what was the problem. I told her I valued my license and there was NO WAY I was going to take EIGHT pts, and pass meds also!! These would be EIGHT primary care pts, and approx 15 to 17pts. on the hall.
There was also a nurse that worked there who while riding in the elevator with another agency nurse, who decided she would call her a $%#%@, and told her SHE was the reason they hadn't got any raises!! This was reported to the agency and the hospital...I BET you that nurse still works there!
I finally decided to work their ICU only after the hospial kept asking for me back to do shifts. But talk about some real scary nurses. One of their staff nurses let a pt. pull his tube out TWICE in one night!!! HOW??? She would spend her time eating, and talking to her kids in the break room, that was right behind the nurses station, with her BACK to the monitors and Pts!! I used to do doubles there (3) three times a week, until it just got too bad there.
I know things could have changed in the few years I was there, and that was in 96'...but unless they have lots of travelers and a lot those nurses have left(which I doubt)...I would stay away!
As far as the town goes...nice place...but very small. You are close to Beaufort(another place I wouldn't go back to, and Hilton Head (which was very nice).
Just an after thought suggestion. Why not do a per deim shift down there in Waterboro. It's just a straight shot down Hwy17, and then you could see how things have or not changed.
My two cents worth
Last edit by Brownms46 on Feb 17, '02