Quote from JoeB1047
Do you know if the Kaiser hospital is traveler friendly? Oh yeah, is it true about the 4-5 patient/nurse ratio out in Cali? That will really be different if thats true because I'm used to dealing with at least 7 patient/day. I guess you can figure out that I'm a med/surg nurse. I will mention the Memorial hospital to my travel agent. Do Santa Rosa put you in the mind of a country-type atmosphere.
I've not heard bad things about traveler experiences in the ER at Kaiser. Kaiser is a fairly decent place to work.
On the Med/Surg floor there is a cap on patients that you can have at any one time. That limit is 5. No more....and many times, no less. LOL.
Having had to take care of 7 patients at a time before, I can assure you, it's a nice feeling to know that my patients are not having a nurse take care of them that is stretched out to the max.
I can tell you that if you are a traveller to 2 East or 3 East at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, you must insist on a goodly orientation time. Be prepared to take care of muli-system 'train wrecks' on 2 East. Kidney failure, on dialysis with heart failure and various stages of cirrhosis AND to be in some form of MRSA isolation (invariably). Both floors that I mention are also tele-floors.
I grew up on a farm out in the sticks of the Midwest. I went to country school K-8 (13 kids with one teacher) and then to a teeny tiny little highschool with the largest class consisting of 26 kids.
Santa Rosa is totally do-able. It's pretty bucolic. You won't get swallowed up by high rise buildings while driving from one end of town to the other, yet it's big enough for several large malls and many trendy restaurants.
This weekend, I'm going to The Last Day Saloon for comedy night. If I wasn't all 'old' n such, I'd visit the fancy martini bar around the corner from Club Seven while I waitied for the night to begin.
Check out Spring Lake for an awesome paved, hilly, (and off-road) hiking/running/walking/bicycling experience. Try the bike path between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. I'd go there after work every day to go rollerblading when it's not raining. It's a nice flat paved path. Try kayaking down the Russian River. Stay in a bed/breakfast along the coast in Jenner for as little as 98.00 per night. Rent a Miata and try the curves out on Hwy 1. Watch Barry Bonds lay his claim to fame when he beats Babe Ruth's home run record at the ball park in San Fransicso. Try out a Warrior's basketball game at the Oakland Colleseum. Go winetasting along Hwy 12. Go winetasting in Anderson Valley near Healdsburg. Go winetasting along Russian River Road. Drink some Cabernet Sauvignon Champagne at Korbel Winery. Calistoga is synonymous with "Massage" and "Mud baths". They've got natural sauna's galore there.
I could go on and on.....There's so much to do! Ride a horse on the beach by Bodega Bay. Watch the whales from Bodega Head. (Now's the time of year to do that). If you take a walk on the beach that leads you back up to Bodega Head, you'll find a little cave at the very end. (It's a fair walk though)
San Francisco, on the other hand, required about 6 months of working up the bravery to venture into. It wasn't all that bad. It pays to check out pier 39 and eat some clam chowder in a bread bowl. Beyond that.....San Francisco is pretty gargantuan to a small - towner like myself.