Nursing jobs in USVI
promo: Traveling nurses are like temps. They are needed because of the huge nursing shortage. The health care system here is basically run by the government. The nurses in the government system are paid a lot less than the travelers. They do not get housing and transportation stipends.
You would think they would just pay the regular nurses better, wouldn't you?
The nursery there is probably a level 2 although they do not have a bottom end cut off like most do of 30 weeks. They do have a neo. who is good about keeping little ones. The ones that are shipped go to puerto rico or florida if they are really sick. You won't keep your skills if you stay long as the doc prefers to do her own IV's etc. She is also the lone NRP instructor so she has a good idea of everyones' skills. You don't attend deliveries which is odd to me. The neo and the RT go to high risk deliveries, no nursery nurses. I did enjoy my time there. It is actually hard to get a travel job there in the NICU as they only use one or maybe two at a time, depending on staffing levels.
When I went for a job interview on St. Croix I was told by the nursing manager that I would never "make it" on St. Croix. When I asked why she thought that she said that 1. Mandatory overtime 2. cultural differences.
So, is there time to enjoy the island if you are working 24/7? Are you accepted as a member of the nursing team?
Is it true that people follow you home after work to rob you? How can St. Thomas be better?
Please give your seasoned advice. Thank you.