Allina System question - page 2

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  1. by   futurecnm
    From what I can tell, most "new grad" programs will require you to work full time or close to full time (32-36 hr/week). This is due to the training you get as a new grad and the time you spend with a preceptor etc. This is not saying you couldn't get a part time job, I'm sure there are some out there, but the typical new grad is expected to work almost full time. And I have only researched the training programs (North ACE, Allina new grad etc). I'm not sure about if you apply for other jobs within the hospital. Many require experience or want you to go through the new grad training. I think after you have been working a while you can decrease your hours to part time. And, I think it is possible to get directly into L&D but it isn't common. Many require some type of experience in med/surg or another area. But again, I'm sure it is possible. You would want to do as much as you can to increase your chances, working in L&D as an aide, or volunteering. Also, doing a preceptorship in that area and trying to get in with a manager while you are there.
  2. by   FromNH2VAwherenext
    As an outsider considering moving to the Twin Cities, Allina health systems seems to be the way to go. Since I'm not familiar with the metro area, the little map on their website isn't exactly clear. From my understanding, United is in St. Paul and in a safe area while Abbott is in Minneapolis in a not-so-nice area, true? Are there any other hospitals that are part of Allina (besides the eye institute) that are right downtown?
  3. by   Brian
    I don't really have the answer to your question, but you might want to try google maps, here is a link with the words:Hospital Minneapolis

    http://local.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=...UTF8&z=11&om=0

    Go ahead and revise the search terms to fit your search. Hope that helps! Google Maps is a great tool

    For example, this link is just for Allina Minneapolis

    http://local.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=...UTF8&z=11&om=0
    Last edit by brian on Jan 21, '08
  4. by   FromNH2VAwherenext
    Brian,
    Thanks for the google maps, they were much more in-depth than Allina website's maps. The thing that most concerns me is safety coming & going from work -- I hear Abbott is a great place to work, but it's in a sketchy neighborhood. It's hard to tell from the maps which neighborhood is more or less sketchy than others, that's why I was asking locals what their experience is or has been.
    -- NHtoVA???

    Quote from brian
    I don't really have the answer to your question, but you might want to try google maps, here is a link with the words:Hospital Minneapolis

    http://local.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=...UTF8&z=11&om=0

    Go ahead and revise the search terms to fit your search. Hope that helps! Google Maps is a great tool

    For example, this link is just for Allina Minneapolis

    http://local.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=...UTF8&z=11&om=0
  5. by   xptp29a
    Quote from FromNH2VAwherenext
    As an outsider considering moving to the Twin Cities, Allina health systems seems to be the way to go. Since I'm not familiar with the metro area, the little map on their website isn't exactly clear. From my understanding, United is in St. Paul and in a safe area while Abbott is in Minneapolis in a not-so-nice area, true? Are there any other hospitals that are part of Allina (besides the eye institute) that are right downtown?
    In my opinon, United is in a safer location than Abbott is. Both are great hospitals, though.

    Abbott is located in the Phillips neighborhood, which has been known for its crime in the past. See this website for more information about the area.

    Allina's HQ, Allina Commons, is right next door to Abbott in the Midtown Exachange Building, which is nice.

    Other than that, there are no other hospitals in the Allina System in either downtowns. You have to extend out north and south into the suburbs to get to other Allina hospitals.
  6. by   MNmom3boys
    Not that Allina is not a great place to work - because they are - but why have you ruled out the other healthcare systems and or the independants in the metro area?
  7. by   FromNH2VAwherenext
    Quote from MNmom3boys
    Not that Allina is not a great place to work - because they are - but why have you ruled out the other healthcare systems and or the independants in the metro area?
    I haven't ruled them out; however, since I'm not from MN nor do I have any nursing contacts out there, I am starting my search by focusing on the bigger hospitals.

    What smaller, independent hospitals do you recommend? I'm looking for hospitals that are right downtown.
  8. by   MNmom3boys
    There are several great organizations throughout the Twin Cities. Again, Allina is great, but I think you should at least be aware of some of the other opportunites. Hope this list (which is in no way an endorsment, or a comprehensive list) helps.

    Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is a huge facility downtown Mpls.: http://www.hcmc.org/medcenter/about.htm
    Children's has locations in both St. Paul and Mpls.:http://www.childrensmn.org/Index.asp
    Healtheast has at least one location downtown St. Paul: http://www.healtheast.org/hospitals/stjosephs/index.cfm
    Fairview/ U of M is also a huge system: http://www.fairview.org/About_Fairvi...ions/index.asp
    The VA is further out of downtown - south by the Airport: http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/f...id=90&dnum=ALL
    And North Memorial is another independant Level One Trauma (like HCMC), but NW of downtown http://www.northmemorial.com/

    I hope you find a situation that works well for you. Wherever you end up - nursing in MN is a great career! Good-luck in your search!
  9. by   sharona97
    Quote from FromNH2VAwherenext
    As an outsider considering moving to the Twin Cities, Allina health systems seems to be the way to go. Since I'm not familiar with the metro area, the little map on their website isn't exactly clear. From my understanding, United is in St. Paul and in a safe area while Abbott is in Minneapolis in a not-so-nice area, true? Are there any other hospitals that are part of Allina (besides the eye institute) that are right downtown?
    John Nesser Heart Center is new and attached to United Hospital as well. Are you only looking at inner city Allina Hospitals? There are several in the suburbs that are quite nice too.
  10. by   freezebabyRN
    How about Regions? Anybody know anything good/bad about that place? I have applied numerous times to Allina back in 2005-2006 and just got rejection letters (I only had 1 year experience at that point too). I just applied for two jobs tonight through Allina and figure I'll get the same rejection letters eventually down the road. :icon_roll I was going to check out Regions too, but really I still don't know if we will be staying around here or moving. My hubby should eventually get a job back in the cities though if I did take one of these jobs (if offered). Both hospitals are union to for most of their positions which I personally love. Anybody know how much the benefits are?
  11. by   natkat2816
    Freezebaby - just curious which Allina hospital did you apply to when you were rejected?? I have a feeling if it was Mercy/Unity/Cambridge/St. Francis that they are harder to get into than at Abbott or United because of the size. That's just my theory of course Unfortunately I have no clue about Regions.
  12. by   freezebabyRN
    lol....I applied at United. I think it was two positions back in 2005 or 2006, and I got letters back then saying the positions were filled. Can't get them all I guess. I also commute from WI, so Coon Rapids etc is too far for me to drive to. St Paul would be the best and Minneapolis would be pusing it.
  13. by   xptp29a
    Quote from freezebabyRN
    lol....I applied at United. I think it was two positions back in 2005 or 2006, and I got letters back then saying the positions were filled. Can't get them all I guess. I also commute from WI, so Coon Rapids etc is too far for me to drive to. St Paul would be the best and Minneapolis would be pusing it.
    Have you looked into HealthEast Care System?

    St. Joseph's Hospital (downtown St. Paul) has been mentioned, but have you thought about St. John's Hosptial (Maplewood), Woodwinds Health Campus (Woodbury) or even Bethesda Hospital (St. Paul). All these are located on the metro's east side and are relatively close to Wisconsin.

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