hello, i work in saint joseph hospital as a nursing assistant in the med-surg unit(night shift). i am half way through an associate degree. im not sure how long they give orientation to new nurses but i know the ration for pt to nurse is usually 1:5. unless they are short for some reason, however we have a lot of newly hired nurses at the moment and the unit has not been short for a while. the hospital is good overall, its known to have a low turnover rate and most nurses who come stay. the staff in my unit is known for being great to the new nurses and the ones who have been hired all say they are learning a lot and tell me i should do med-surg post grad. I have never worked the ER but i now its a busy busy busy place. I would also like to work there after i graduate, but was told by one of the new nurses who had just transfered out of the er in valley hosp that its not a good place for new RNs. she found it way to hectic, however everyone if different!! also,saint joe just raised the starting rate for new RNs, i can find out how many weeks they orient for tomorrow.