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Old 10-26-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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I'm a RN thinking of moving down to Melbourne. What is the patient to RN ratio? Where is the best place to work and what do they pay RN's? I have been at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 10 plus years and love it but hate the cold. I dont want to live in jacksonville so no transfer for me. I have 4 boys between 2 and 14 so i want a safe family oriented city. Melbourne seems nice and I have some friends and distant relatives near by in Orlando. Any info would be awesome
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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I am not an RN so can't say too much on that. I hear Holmes regional is really huge and busy but I think better to check the department size that you might work in. Some smaller hospitals might be better or not, if they have a real busy department and you work in that department, no matter the size of the hospital your department might get too busy. I think there is a lot of competition here too some of that competition might be a little negative all around. I have definately heard the hospitals here, like so many places now, compete in a fairly hostile way so nothing like Mayo in Rochester. I have not heard a ton of compliments on even some of the newer hospitals like in Viera, but dunno we are relatively new here. Hope you find the info you seek.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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I'm a RN thinking of moving down to Melbourne. What is the patient to RN ratio? Where is the best place to work and what do they pay RN's? I have been at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 10 plus years and love it but hate the cold. I dont want to live in jacksonville so no transfer for me. I have 4 boys between 2 and 14 so i want a safe family oriented city. Melbourne seems nice and I have some friends and distant relatives near by in Orlando. Any info would be awesome
Thanks
Holmes Regional is a trauma center, has a heart section, and is a pretty descent hospital. Holmes Regional Medical Center | Melbourne Florida Hospital | Emergency Care | Trauma Center | Heart Center

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There is also Wuesthoff Better Care for a Better Community - Wuesthoff Health System and Kindred Kindred Hospitals - Melbourne - Home hospitals. In Sebastian area there is Sebastian River http://www.sebastianrivermedical.com/default.aspx.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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Thank you for the info, looks like there are plenty of jobs for nurses at Holmes. The high here taday is 49, cant wait to move down. Some people say it is boring there, that sounds okay by me. My wife has only lived in MN and grew up on a farm so we like the sounds of your laid back town. Melbourne sounds like our speed.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Thank you for the info, looks like there are plenty of jobs for nurses at Holmes. The high here taday is 49, cant wait to move down. Some people say it is boring there, that sounds okay by me. My wife has only lived in MN and grew up on a farm so we like the sounds of your laid back town. Melbourne sounds like our speed.
It's a great area and checked it out before moving back to Florida rather extensively. It is quieter and less congested which I like and reminds me more of the "Old Florida" that I grew up in. Unfortunately due to family illness (and subsequent passing) I wound up in Central Florida for now (Seminole County), but would have preferred either Brevard County or St Johns County on the coast. I'd recommend the beach communities in particular since you have kids, as the schools are the absolute best. Check out Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Holmes, Cape Canaveral & Wuesthoff Hospitals are OK! Palm Bay & Parrish Medical are butcher houses The first three could by far use a lot of improvement but no where near as bad as the latter two. Holmes care is the worst of the first three.

Working wise, I would not work for none of them. I worked in the Fire Rescue/EMS (Paramedic/EMT) here for 10 years before medically retiring (injuries) and I have seen these operations. Granted there has been improvement to the facilities, but in care, they need lots of improvement, and by far more quality training in ethics & treatment.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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It's a great area and checked it out before moving back to Florida rather extensively. It is quieter and less congested which I like and reminds me more of the "Old Florida" that I grew up in. Unfortunately due to family illness (and subsequent passing) I wound up in Central Florida for now (Seminole County), but would have preferred either Brevard County or St Johns County on the coast. I'd recommend the beach communities in particular since you have kids, as the schools are the absolute best. Check out Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.
Oh wow! You say "...more of the "Old Florida"...", come on, nothing about this area is like the "Old Florida"...LOL!

I am a 5th generation Floridian from the Eau Gallie/Melbourne area, and nothing here is like the "Old Florida" that I grew up around here. It is all transplants, yankees, and refugees. We native Floridians are now the minority here! LOL
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:01 AM
 
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Oh wow! You say "...more of the "Old Florida"...", come on, nothing about this area is like the "Old Florida"...LOL!

I am a 5th generation Floridian from the Eau Gallie/Melbourne area, and nothing here is like the "Old Florida" that I grew up around here. It is all transplants, yankees, and refugees. We native Floridians are now the minority here! LOL
I grew up in South Florida which now bears no resemblance to what I grew up in. The area from Vero Beach on up to St Augustine I find to be the closest to what I remember in terms of Old Florida on the coast. I think some areas in the interior (Sebring/Avon Park/Lake Wales for instance) have maintained it better. Of course as a native you're going to disagree, you've seen all of the changes. To me, Brevard County is still relatively undeveloped and looks in many areas more like what I grew up.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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I grew up in South Florida which now bears no resemblance to what I grew up in. The area from Vero Beach on up to St Augustine I find to be the closest to what I remember in terms of Old Florida on the coast. I think some areas in the interior (Sebring/Avon Park/Lake Wales for instance) have maintained it better. Of course as a native you're going to disagree, you've seen all of the changes. To me, Brevard County is still relatively undeveloped and looks in many areas more like what I grew up.
Very true, I cannot disagree with your sentiments on this one. Yes, Brevard County is relatively undeveloped (thank the dear Lord for this one...LOL), but this is mainly due to the Saint Johns Water District west of more civilization/development. It is cannot be developed & urbanized, as it is flood plain & swamp. This is the "Old Florida" that still remains in that sense, but as development in the areas that can be developed/urbanized, it has gotten out of control. Everyone from everywhere and every country has moved here and is still exploding. I expected growth, but not this type of growth.

Anyways, my apologies to the OP, as I do not want to hyjack your thread/post.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Palm Bay, FL
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Holmes, Cape Canaveral & Wuesthoff Hospitals are OK! Palm Bay & Parrish Medical are butcher houses The first three could by far use a lot of improvement but no where near as bad as the latter two. Holmes care is the worst of the first three.
Is the Palm Bay hospital really that bad? I've been there a few times for things like stitches and always been very happy. The doctors and nurses I had were all nice and seemed competent, and I never had to wait unlike other ERs that I or family members have been to. Now maybe for something more complex than sutures it would be a different story, but it seemed OK to me.
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