Hi, I'm an RN BSN with 4 years acute care experience in pediatrics, one of those years was PICU. I'm considering relocating to Minneapolis but wasn't sure what job prospects in pediatrics tend to be like in Minneapolis?
I would really love to work at Children's hospital, as that has been my experience. Is there anyone on here that currently works there and could tell me what they think about it? Would it be very hard to get a position there?
Jul 26, '08
Ah, my first post!
Sorry, couldn't help it.
I did work at Children's Minneapolis and loved it. I was a pt. transport making $9.75/hr. In that one-year timeframe (temp position of course), I experienced quite a bit - which may sound ridiculous of me to say. My position turned into a jack-of-all-trades and I soon found myself listening to the private opinions of the director of nursing to observing an appendectomy after eating a spaghetti lunch. I shared birthday cake with many RN's provided by the charge nurse (who specializes in carrot cake). It's a tight-knit community of people, and I know many RN's who wouldn't work anywhere else. Many jobs are taken internally, and it seems to be the one hospital with the fewest external job postings, in my experience. I'm sorry I can't give you an RN perspective, but if you want Children's Mpls/St. Paul in a nutshell, there it is. With regards to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, it's pretty much the same story. Great people, but tough to get into. After speaking with a few HR people, the magic phrase (in regards to pediatric hospitals) is "by referral"
Sep 1, '08
hey nightingale1231, i worked
at the u. of m. children's hospital - fairview for 3 years on the peds blood and marrow transplant floor, it's a specialized heme/onc floor treating various blood disorder issues. they are almost always hiring and really need icu level trained nurses. the icu on that floor is 1 to 1 nursing. the kids are in isolation rooms and when they become icu level care, that is your room for the shift. good nurses, leadership and assistants and 99% of the families are terrific and grateful and even helpful. the nurse managers name is ann. tell her gary says "hi".
good luck and let us know how everything turns out,