Are there any good hospitals to work at?

  1. Those of you out there who feel like you work in a hospital where the staffing is really good (and consistent), as well as pay, benefits and scheduling, please share. What is the name of the hospital/City?

    There is a good chance that we may be moving due to hubbies job situation and we are keeping all options and possibilities open.
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  3. by   roxannekkb
    I haven't worked there, but I've read that Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ has one of the lowest turnover rates of any hospital, they were the second hospital to receive Magnet status in the country, they pay competitively and have never downsized anyone. So nurses must be somewhat happy there!
  4. by   rdhdnrs
    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where I work on L&D, is a good workplace for nurses. We are applying for Magnet status, and have the ear of the CNO. We recently took an employee satisfaction survey and administration really listened and are changing things to make nurses want to stay. We'd love to have you here in Arkansas. UAMS is in Little Rock.
  5. by   fedupnurse
    I don't know the name, but if you do a search here you may be able to find it, but there is a hospital in Arizona, I believe, that has a waiting list of nurses who want to work there. 1:4 ratio i med surg!!!!!! There have been some threads in the past that may give you some good info. Also try the travelers section of the board. They could probably give you good info. Good luck. Moving is always an interesting experience!
  6. by   dreamon
    Hey everyone, I have a nursing book that lists all the current Magnet Hospitals in the US. (Just in case someone doesn't know: Hospitals with Magnet status have employers that report lower burnout rates, high nurse satisfaction, nurses report having more control over their nursing practice, etc. This is taken from "Your career in nursing" by Annette Vallano

    Baptist Hospital.....Miami
    Avera McKennan Hospital.....Sioux Falls,SD
    Bayfront-St. Anthony's Health Care.....St Petersburg, Fl
    Captial Health System.....Trenton,NJ
    Catawba Valley Medical Center....Hickory, NC
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center....L.A.
    Children's Memorial Medical Center......Chicago
    East Jefferson General Hospital.....Metairie,LA
    Englewood Hospital....Englewood,NJ
    Fox Chase Cancer Center......Philadelphia
    Hackensack University Medical Center.....Hackensack, NJ
    High Point Regional Health System.......High Point, NC
    Inova Faifax Hospital.....Falls Church,VA
    James A Haley Veteran's Hospital....Tampa, FL
    Jersey Shore Medical Center......Neptune,NJ
    Jewish Hospital....Louisville,KY
    Kimball Medical Center....Lakewood,NJ
    Long Island Jewish Medical Center......New Hyde Park,NY
    Mayo-Rochester Hospital......Rochester,MN
    Medical Center of Ocean County....Point Pleasant,NJ
    The Methodist Hospital......Houston,TX
    Middlesex Hospital......Middletown,CT
    The Miriam Hospital......Providence,RI
    Morristown Memorial Hospital......Morristown,NJ
    Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach,FL
    North Carolina Baptist Hospital of Wake Forest Univ......Winston-Salem,NC
    North Shore Univ Hospital.....Manhasset,NY
    Pennine Acute Services NHS Trust: Rochdale Infirmary and Birch Hill Hospital......Lancashire,England
    Poudre Valley Hea;th System....Fort Collins,CO
    Providence St. Vincent Medical Center....Portland,OR
    Riverview Medical Center....Red Bank,NJ
    Robert Wood Johson Univ Hospital....New Brunswick,NJ
    Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center....Chicago
    St. Francis Medical Center.......Trenton,NJ
    St. Joseph's Candler.....Savannah,GA
    Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta........Atlanta,GA
    Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center........Peterson,NJ
    St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.....Houston,TX
    St. luke's Regional Medical Center.......Boise,Idaho
    St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center.....Madison,WI
    St. Peter's University Hospital.....New Brunswick,NJ
    Southwestren Vermont Medical Center.....Bennington,VT
    The University of Alabama Hospital.......Birmingham,AL
    Univ of Kentucky Hospital.......Lexington,KY
    The Univ of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center......Houston,TX
    Univ of Washington Medical Center......Seattle,WA
    West Boca Medical Center......Boca Raton,FL
    Aristocrat Berea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.....Berea,OH


    As you can see, New Jersey leads the pack with the most Magnet Hospitals. If any needs website or who to contact about info for these hospitals, just let me know, I have phone numbers and the Program director's email address. Take Care!!
  7. by   live4today
    Originally posted by dreamon
    Hey everyone, I have a nursing book that lists all the current Magnet Hospitals in the US. (Just in case someone doesn't know: Hospitals with Magnet status have employers that report lower burnout rates, high nurse satisfaction, nurses report having more control over their nursing practice, etc. This is taken from "Your career in nursing" by Annette Vallano
    I work at a hospital striving for magnet status, and so far I just don't see that they'll ever make it because the nurses are treated like crap where I work. Patients are believed over nurses, lots of nurses are quitting and leaving the hospital or transferring units, and the whole place is in chaos all the time. So if this is what being a magnet hospital is all about...I'd prefer not to work at a magnet hospital.
  8. by   geekgolightly
    If youa re interested in oncology, MD Anderson in Houston, Texas was named the best oncology hospital in the nation. They are also of Magnet Status. I also know that they quickly fire people who are lazy. I think this is an excellent idea, and wish I was interested in Oncology.
  9. by   TreceRN
    'dreamon' had a wonderful list for you. The hospital I work at is great. We have good wages with step-increases and great bennies. Starting wage for a new grad is 20.04 and top wage is 30.84 plus shift differential, double-time after two hours of OT after your regular shift, and time and one half for any extra days worked about your regular FTE and for call back. Our turnover rate is about 5%. We're located in southern Washington state. We do a "care-pair team model" of nursing that pairs one RN with one CNA for a max of 6 patients. If you look at HCAB (Health Care Advisory Board) web site they have an entire 50 page study of staffing levels throughout the nation that is interesting. We have an admit nurse who floats and completes admissions during our peak admit times, but we don't have an IV team. We also have an Employee Wellness program that offers free help with smoking cessation, exercise programs, weight loss, massage, etc. We are a "closed shop" union environment, and we also promote shared governance in all of our nursing departments. Remember when you look for a job, are you really searching for a rewarding career or just a paycheck? Sometimes the highest paying hospitals with the biggest bonus' are also the ones with the highest attrition and lowest employee satisfaction. Good Luck in your search
  10. by   AMV
    Wow TreceRN - what hospital in So. Washington state is that? Benefits and good staffing as well as respect that the nurses are given by administration and doctors are very important to me. How does that rate of pay compare with the cost of living there?

    Thank you all for the good information. I will try to find the web site you mentioned!
  11. by   TreceRN
    Originally posted by AMV
    Wow TreceRN - what hospital in So. Washington state is that? Benefits and good staffing as well as respect that the nurses are given by administration and doctors are very important to me. How does that rate of pay compare with the cost of living there?

    Thank you all for the good information. I will try to find the web site you mentioned!
    It's called St. John Medical Center in Longview Washington. It's a non-for-profit, Catholic affiliated, community hospital that is part of a larger, 5-hospital system known as PeaceHealth. I'd say the rate of pay is very good compared to cost of living. We make about as much as nurses in Seattle, and the cost of living is less. Our sister hospital in Bellingham, which is north of Seattle, has lower wages than we do. Our last contract negotiations went very well (only took 8 sessions to reach an agreement, and three years ago it took 6 months!), and our nurses got a three year contract with a 21% salary increase spread over those three years.
  12. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by fedupnurse
    I don't know the name, but if you do a search here you may be able to find it, but there is a hospital in Arizona, I believe, that has a waiting list of nurses who want to work there. 1:4 ratio i med surg!!!!!! There have been some threads in the past that may give you some good info. Also try the travelers section of the board. They could probably give you good info. Good luck. Moving is always an interesting experience!
    That would be University Medical Ctr. in Tucson.
  13. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    I work at a hospital striving for magnet status, and so far I just don't see that they'll ever make it because the nurses are treated like crap where I work. Patients are believed over nurses, lots of nurses are quitting and leaving the hospital or transferring units, and the whole place is in chaos all the time. So if this is what being a magnet hospital is all about...I'd prefer not to work at a magnet hospital.
    Cheerfuldoer...are you sure you are not working in Maryland?

    Pretty bad here...LOTS of openings for nurses.
  14. by   lady_vee
    Originally posted by dreamon
    Hey everyone, I have a nursing book that lists all the current Magnet Hospitals in the US. ...
    Great Thread indeed, and mounds of useful info for us!
    Thanks a bunch!!!!!

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