Hi Nellie, I actually can tell you alot about both hospitals. I live in the area, work in another area hospital, and my mom has been a NICU nurse at Memorial for 36 yrs. She loves it, it is my goal to eventually get into Memorial. At the hospital I work as an ER tech. And I am in school getting my LPN. I will do the RN completion program when my two toddlers are in school full-time. Then hopefully, I can get into Mem. Because they do not hire LPN's in house.
The NICU at Mem. is incredible. Almost all preemies, etc. in northern Indiana, south mich, and other areas go to Mem. If they can't be helped there, they go to Riley.
Memorial has a life flight, St. Joe was just approved for one. Did you know that there are two St. Joe's? South Bend, and Mishawaka. They are both Catholic based, and it does play a role in thier beliefs in pt. care (just some info)
The hospital that I work at is a magnet, so I am thinking of staying there, if I don't get into Mem.
Memorial is always expanding, and The NICU is going to be completely re-done (again) by 2009.
St. Joe is supposed to be building a whole new hospital in Mishawaka, but I havent heard anything about it lately.
Unfortunatly, last I heard, both hospitals are on a hiring freeze for the next 6 months. I know that If you call Memorial's job line, you only get maintance jobs listed.
Good Luck, let me know if I can answer any more ?'s Wendy