What attracts you?

  1. I'm going to a meeting tonight with another classmate and an instructor that does some consulting work for hospitals... The meeting is just with us two students and 10-15 people who work in various areas in hospitals... What they want to know is what kinds of things attract you to a certain facility/area and what would keep you?

    The obvious comes to my mind with adequate pay, stable jobs.. etc But I'm getting pretty clueless...

    What would attract you to a specific facility/area?
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   phn92
    I would say besides the pay, the benefits such as health insurance, retirement, and etc.
  4. by   BadBird
    A few that come to mind are:
    Good Salary
    Good Benefits
    Free and Safe Parking
    Free CEU's
    No Mandatory Overtime
    Fair schedule (no favorites that get every weekend off)
    Ability to train for other departments like ICU or Cath Lab
    Retention bonus for nurses presently employed (really hurts nurses feelings that the new grads are getting big sign on bonus and school loan paid and the ones that precept them get zilch)
    Consistency in the policies, don't change from day to day just to suite administrations needs at the nurses expense.

    Well I just woke up from my 12 hr. night shift so I will think of more later.


    oh yeah,
    Free coffee!!!!!
  5. by   Ortho_RN
    Thanks...

    I also think a uniform allowance would be nice, especially in the areas that require certain colors..
  6. by   GAstudent
    *good salary (including pay raise)
    *tuition reimbursement
    *parking
    *daycare
    *good insurance
    *uniform allowance
    *working with schedule
    *employee doctors (like a doctor that the hospital employees could see on lunch break)
    *hospital pharmacy
    *other benefits
    *credit union for hospital staff only (my work has this and it is great. If we need a car loan we can get it there and do it on break. )
    *Employee fund (where everyone puts in a dollar or so a week and you use this if an employee needs help with paying a bill. Or you use it for flowers, if someone is in the hospital , you could do it through the whole hospital or per unit.)
  7. by   GAstudent
    *A free lunch for your birthday and the day off for your birthday.
    *letters coming into each unit of happy pts.
  8. by   GAstudent
    hospital newspaper that includes upcoming hospital events (such as classes, speaches, etc)
    *a day to meet with the president of the hospital (for old and new employees)
  9. by   itobas
    how about a good nurse-patient ratio.
  10. by   SirJohnny
    Things to discuss:

    - Money
    - Standard Benefit Items (401K, Medical, Dental, Life Ins).
    - Vacation Policy - Num Days, Scheduling Policy
    - Transfer of job skills.
    - Education benefits (CEU's, Graduate School).
    - Seminar Attendace (will they pay).
    - Scheduling Policy - with respect to work.
    - Dispute Resolution (Employee-Employer) (Employee-Patient)
    - Advancement within the organization.
    - Patient Ratios
    - Transfer from one dept to another (floating).
    - Do you have the option to learn skills to work in another
    dept?
    - Do you have the option to refuse to float?

    - All of the above should be made public --- no hidden surprises.

    John Coxey
    (jpcoxey@aol.com)
  11. by   P_RN
    Wow.
    One thing that turned me off of an otherwise attractive job was the unit was sloppy and dirty. I mean dirt!

    If I'd taken the job first thing I'd have needed to do was go on a cleaning spree.
  12. by   funnygirl_rn
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by BadBird
    [B]A few that come to mind are:
    Good Salary
    Good Benefits
    Free and Safe Parking
    Free CEU's
    No Mandatory Overtime
    Fair schedule (no favorites that get every weekend off)
    Ability to train for other departments like ICU or Cath Lab
    Retention bonus for nurses presently employed (really hurts nurses feelings that the new grads are getting big sign on bonus and school loan paid and the ones that precept them get zilch)
    Consistency in the policies, don't change from day to day just to suite administrations needs at the nurses expense.


    I agree with Badbird.

    Also, had serveral Aunts (3) that recently retired from nursing in the past couple years...all in their early to mid 60's. Their salary remained stagnant, pretty much most of their career...nothing against the new grads...but, hey..they need to bring up the salaries of nurses who have made nursing a long time career, so they will be able to live on their retirement. If it wasn't for their spouses' health benefits & a second income, my Aunts wouldn't have had health coverage when they retired. Their 30-40 years, didn't count for beans regarding health benefits, pensions etc.. Maybe give them a bonus when they retire & health benes..
  13. by   Ortho_RN
    Thanks everyone... That definately gives me more to talk with them..

  14. by   CraftyLPN
    Originally posted by itobas
    how about a good nurse-patient ratio.
    I AGREE 100% THERE!! I also think how moral/teamwork is @ the facility....
    Along w/ the other great suggestions given.....

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