New grad job hunt... St. Johns Mercy Medical / Banes Jewish in St. Louisr

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    I am new grad nurse and new to the St.Louis area. I just passed NCLEX!! YAY I have been on allnurses.com several times for advice but never posted anything. I would like to thank everyone on here for all of the post and hopefully I will contribute some useful information soon.

    I am interested in applying to the St. Johns which they are now called Mercy Medical Center idk why the named changed. Anyways...has anyone worked there as a new grad before? Any insight would be very useful. I am a little afraid of applying here because they have been known to have nursing unions an strikes ect.....and I have no idea about unions and it makes me feel uncomfortable thinking about a union. I really need a job but I dont a want to get stuck at a bad facility. Also, I have an interview Monday at Barnes-Jewish which I hear is a good hospital...but idk... Are there any areas/department I should avoid? ANY INFO, Advise would be great!! Thanks
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    I was a new grad at SJMMC. They are no longer a union hospital so you don't have to worry about that if that was the reason you were worried about working there. I was in a Fellowship program there and I learned a lot. I worked my first year on the oncology floor and had awesome co-workers and it was a pleasant learning environment. I quit because I was working nights and the manager I worked for believed in working us 3 nights in a row so on top of being a new grad and traveling over an hour each way I was falling asleep while driving. Looking back I wish I would have stuck it out but everything happens for a reason.
    Good luck with whatever you decide.
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    Moved to our Missouri Nurses forum...look around.
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    Thanks Dreamingofbeing!! Im sorry to hear your scheduling did not work out but life is like that...So many choices to be made. I was thinking about applying to their fellowship program as well. Did you feel you had an adequate orientation?
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    I did the med/surg Fellowship which was 1 month classroom type orientation and 3 months with a preceptor (the most awesome preceptor ever). The others were more detailed and intense Fellowships like the L&D, NICU, Critical Care, and OR. The downside is you sign a contract that will require x amount of years with the hospital or you will I have to repay a certain amount. For example my contract was 2 years with a $2000 cost and I left after 1 so I had to repay the hospital $1000. I got a lot of support from the Fellowship and I think as a new grad it was the best way to go. I went from that job to a telemetry job closer to home then I jumped into a job in Interventional Radiology and now I am working in Children's psych. SJMMC gave me the background I needed to succeed and for that I am forever thankful. Barnes Jewish is well out of my driving range but I have worked for 2 different BJC hospitals one in IL and the other in North County. The good thing about working there is that you can transfer to different hospitals without losing seniority or benefits. Good luck on your decision.
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    I was a new grad on a medicine floor at Barnes. They offer a one year residency program for new BSN grads which "can" be helpful. My dream was to be in the ED, though, & I found a mid-shift (my other want) at St. Mary's, which I start next week. My year at Barnes taught me SOOOO much, but I definitely felt like sometimes Nurses get lost in the "rah-rah" mentality of such a huge & storied hospital. So much concentration on the status & vertifications, not enough attention paid to making sure your Nurses are happy, or at least not dreading going to work.

    The medicine floors at Barnes are very much like nursing homes most of the time. However, that's a growing patient population with higher ages, so that's likely the case at a lot of hospitals. Barnes is dropping a lot of CNAs & PCTs on many floors, instead going back to primary care nursing, but it's failing (IMO) because the staffing is so poor. Primary care nursing only works if staffing is adequate. So, at Barnes, it's not unheard of on medicine floors to have 8-10 patients on nights, even 6-7 on days sometimes...& many times without a CNA working.

    That being said, I learned a LOT that way...but also learned I only wanted to do medicine for a year, then move on.
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    Thanks Travkitty! I actually interviewed for a medicine floor at Barnes. Those nurse patient ratio's are pretty high and I interviewed for a night position so I dont think I could manage that many patients although I was told in my interview most have 5 on nights. Yet someone who works on the floor said the night before they had 8 each!!! Heck no!! And yes they are going to primary care...so no techs.... Not exactly what I am looking for in a first job.

    So I am also interested in St. Luke's. Does anyone know the current starting salary at St. Lukes? Shift Differentials? They have such good reviews and compliments. I really want to work there. I have an offer at Barnes and the starting salary is 20.25 and I think 2.00 for nights.
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    At least on the Barnes medicine floor I worked on, having 8 patients are not normal...it was very occasional. Most of the time, on nights, I'd have 4-6. Heck, occasionally I'd have 3, but that was an exception, again.

    PM me if you want to know the exact floor I worked on. It's well-known to be the best medicine floor to work on there...seriously.

    Oh...at least on my floor, you will be ready to be on your own by the time orientation is over. They seriously make sure of it. Also, for the most part, the other RNs & the last few techs there are awesome.
    Last edit by travkitty on Sep 29, '11 : Reason: Additional info
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    TravKitty -

    I just got done with a clinical rotation at BJH on a medicine floor, and loved it. That said, we did one last semester on a diff. medical floor and it was awful. I do think I want to do this kind of work for at least a year to get the experience - I would love to know what specific floor you're speaking of (and if it's the one I was on, ha!). I don't think I have privileges to message but could you e-mail me at alimichelle143@gmail.com?

    Greatly appreciated
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    Hi new excited nurse!!! I am about to graduate and was wondering if you ever received the position at Mercy. I really would like to know if they offer a new graduate nurse residency or internship program, what the name of the program is, and if you have a direct link to the webpage that details the program. i have been unable to find any information on a nurse program there. All I have found are programs for medical students. Any information that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


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