Quote from ICUman
Is it really that difficult to be hired by Kaiser as an outside applicant?
It is possible. I know there is an new employee orientation right now every 2 weeks. However, Kaiser's tactics (for outsiders) are to hire per Diem first, than, if qualified, offer full time. So if you are ready for this hiring track, you have a chance.
Any Kaiser facility in California offers very good benefits. Short summary for health:
Doctor visit $5
Any prescription medication through Kaiser pharmacy $5
Over the counter meds, certain % off
hospital stay - free
A lot of tests, like MRI, CT and XRAY are free
Lately, in new contract (Kaiser Sunset) Emergency now went up to $50
Not bad Union protection, 4 disciplinary levels with #5 termination. If you got, for an example, level 1 and survived one year without incidents, this level 1 will be automatically erased and if you get the same problem on 1 year plus 1 day, you still will get level 1 and so on.
Plus recent pay increase. I don't have contract now to produce numbers, but can say only about 10 year seniority pay for Med Surge about $60/hr, Tele about $1 more, ICU another $1 more approximately, MAX after 25 years around $80-85/hr. Those numbers are for Southern California, Northern even more. And 2.5% raise every year or something like this, can be wrong here, but not less than.