Career Resources / Nursing Opportunities in Memphis
Nursing has been described as a vocation rather than a career: a professional choice that reflects the individual’s values. The dedicated and compassionate individuals who choose to become registered nurses are highly valued and their skills and knowledge are in demand in a variety of settings. If you are a nurse, the sky’s the limit in terms of your opportunities, and there are few cities in America with more appeal and excellent opportunities for places to work than Memphis, Tennessee.
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best places to live in Tennessee, Memphis is a wonderful combination or urban living and close-knit communities. The city boasts a low cost of living, with both rentals and real estate costing well below the national average, and Tennessee’s lack of an individual income tax means residents keep more of their hard-earned money. The city boasts an excellent school district, as well as a multitude of top-rate nearby colleges and universities.
From a cultural and social perspective, Memphis is world-renowned as the birthplace of rock and roll, home of the blues, and the location of Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Memphis’ mild climate and proximity to Shelby Farms Park, one of the country’s largest urban parks. And of course, everybody loves Memphis’s world-famous barbeque!
Nurses seeking opportunities in Memphis have plenty of options. The town’s healthcare roots date back to 1911 when the University of Tennessee medical college was founded there, and since then Memphis has become home to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and other facilities that lead the nation in the quality of care they provide. Memphis is also home to a sprawling VA Medical Center, several regional health systems providing services to residents of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Nurses will always feel at home in Memphis, where over 14% of the population works in either healthcare or social assistance — in fact the health services industry is the second largest by employment in the area.
Types of Healthcare Jobs in Memphis
In addition to its many hospitals and health systems, Memphis is home to a variety of health service industries, nursing homes, research institutions, and home care companies. Nurses looking for opportunities in the Memphis area will find a wide range of options that offer them the opportunity for advancement, flexibility, and generous compensation.
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If you’re looking for a nursing job in Memphis, you’ll find many potential employers. Below you’ll find some of the facilities that previous employees have ranked highest for valuing qualified, skilled, compassionate professionals, and who are offering generous compensation and benefits.
- Baptist Memorial Hospital
Ranked #1 hospital in Memphis by U.S. News & World Report, Baptist Memorial is considered one of the nation’s premier health systems. The organization offers a full range of specialty, emergency, and primary care services and includes a women’s hospital, a children’s hospital, 21 affiliate hospitals throughout the mid-South, as well as assisted living facilities, hospice, psychiatric care, and rehabilitation centers.
Nurses considering a career at Baptist Memorial can choose from the system’s hospitals, outpatient facilities, or hundreds of physician offices, all of which are offering competitive pay, flexible schedules, comprehensive benefits, and plenty of educational and career advancement opportunities.
- Regional One Health
Regional One Health is ranked one of the top employers in the Memphis area by
Zippia.com based on the salaries it pays and other metrics. The facility is home to Centers of Excellence for trauma, burn treatment, neonatal intensive care, and high-risk pregnancy, and is considered the leader in these services in the mid-South. It is also highly ranked for oncology and rehabilitation services.
Regional One is home to six primary care offices spread throughout the Memphis area, with providers specializing in children, adults, and seniors. The system partners with the University of Tennessee Health Science center to provide specialist care. Nurses with experience will find the hospital has openings with 1:4 nurse to patient ratios, state-of-the-art treatment protocols, innovative technology and competitive signing bonuses.
- Methodist Hospitals of Memphis
Ranked the #2 hospital in Memphis by U.S. News & World Report, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis are also nationally ranked in 3 children’s specialties and high performing in 11 procedures and conditions. The comprehensive, family-centered system comprises six separate hospitals, a home health agency, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, a hospice residence, and physician practices. The organization is recognized for providing high-quality patient care and services and is committed to innovation and collaboration to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
Nurses considering Methodist Hospitals of Memphis will find that they provide employees with many opportunities to maximize their professional and personal potential. The hospital has been ranked one of the Best Employers for Women by Forbes Magazine and a Becker’s Hospital Review 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare. The hospital has multiple nursing positions available and offers a special nursing educational program through its partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude is known around the world for its unique mission and approach to defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The realization of a dream by its founder, entertainer Danny Thomas, today the hospital is a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, the first and only one in the country focused solely on pediatric cancer.
St. Jude has a unique nurse residency program that encourages newly-graduated nurses to apply for pediatric nursing positions in all of its hospital areas. It also offers nursing positions to experienced nurses throughout the organization with a supportive environment and opportunities to advance their education and training. The hospital has achieved Magnet recognition.
Memphis is also home to rehabilitation facilities, private practices and clinics, home healthcare agencies, nursing schools, and a variety of businesses and service firms that offer generous compensation, including sign-on bonuses.
For information on some of the many positions available in Memphis, visit Incredible Health’s nursing job search page.